Trying so hard to enjoy the vegan or vegetarian life but tired of the same old, unappealing salad you get? Or are you tired of people making fun of your bland “rabbit” food?
Those days are long gone, and we can’t say we miss them! There’s so much joy to going vegan or vegetarian, and the food scene for it in Singapore is booming.
From your casual vegan resto to organic-vegetarian fine dining places, owners and chefs are taking that extra mile to serve you dishes that are healthy and yummy. It’s reason enough to go meat-free here in Singapore.
Best Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in Singapore
If you’re ready to start your vegan/vegetarian journey, or ready to up your diet food to something delicious, here are a few places you can head to within the city to get honest to god good food.
Known for vegetarian dishes hailing from the Middle East and Italy, Original Sin is a long-time fave in the Holland Village. It opened nearly a decade ago and has pushed on to serve nothing but fantastic dishes to the Singaporean vegans and vegetarians.
Some go to orders include the mezze platter with falafel, ciabatta bread, as well as hummus, baba ganoush, and a pumpkin and carrot dip. It’s a dish great for sharing with friends and family while you wait for your mains. Their moussaka, a baked dish of eggplant, potatoes, and tomatoes, is also popular.
If you happen to stop by for lunch, we recommend going for their three-course lunch set which gets you a soup or salad, mains, and a dessert. Make sure to try the Mediterranean wrap for your mains in the lunch set! It’s got smashed avocado, portobello mushrooms, and cheese inside it. It sounds yummy but you gotta taste it to believe it!
The Living Café
For those who want to enjoy the thriving ambience of the raw vegan scene, The Living Cafe is the place to go. Located in Bukit Timah, The Living Cafe lives up to its name. There, they believe that for you to fully enjoy and maximise the benefits, vitamins, and minerals that food, especially veggies, has, consume it raw rather than diminish its benefits by cooking it.
Meaning, their dishes are dairy, preservative, sugar, and red meat-free! They’ve carefully ingrained this thought in ever dishe they have created and majority of the dishes and items that they serve up are raw vegan. Recommendations online say to check out their avo cucumber soup for a hearty filling on the tummy. Meanwhile, their raw cheesecakes and chocolates are also a must to satisfy your sweet tooth. It basically rounds up your whole meal there nicely.
When you think of burgers, you think of juicy meat, piles of cheese, and massive, towering creations of awesomeness. Have you ever thought of a meat-free burger, though? We promise you; it’s just at good and Veganburg is here to prove that!
No one does meat-free burgers like Veganburg with their burger mainstays, as well as seasonal offerings. You’re in for a treat with their incredible flavours and creations, and boy do they ahve a lot for you to choose from. One thing we love there is that you have the right to choose to have your patties on a bun or wrapped in lettuce. Cool, huh?
Try their best seller, the Smoky BBQ Burger, or the Char-Grilled Satay Burger for that nutty flavour that hits closer to home. Complement your meals with their other dishes like their vegan hot dogs, and crispy fries. Wash it all down with a cold drink and you’ll be good to go.
Joie by Dozo Restaurant
With a beautiful view on the rooftop of the Orchard Central, you can find meatless offerings in a fine dining setting at Joie by Dozo. It’s a top choice for those who want a romantic date with a great view, especially at night, but still want to have the choice of dining on healthy options. Choose from their expansive menu that features Japanese-European dishes centred on fruits, herbs, vegetables.
Choose either a six-course lunch or go for the seven-course set dinner for something far more sumptuous. Dine on a Wild Rice with Eggplant Terrine, best paired with their fruit teas or order up something else that catches your eye on the menu. If you feel like you don’t know what to get there, don’t worry; the staff will be more than happy to recommend dishes for you to try.
Frequenters of Tanjong Pagar will have heard of the Michelin Bib Gourmand winner, Whole Earth. It serves up a medley of Thai and Peranakan dishes, specializing mostly in vegetarian meals. It’s a vegan and vegetarian food paradise.
Some of the popular dishes the customers love at Whole Earth include the Assam Pedas vegetables, and the Sambal King. For sharing, get the Nonya Curry, a Peranakan style curry that is a hit with patron diners.
There’s a lot to taste and explore here in terms of food, and we’re sure you’ll be coming back for more time and time again.
Tea Villa Café
Indian, Lebanese, Mexican, Indian-Chinese, Italian; you name it, Tea Villa Cafe has it! There’s something for everyone at this vegetarian cafe, and it’s a popular option for those who want to try easy meat-free dishes in a easy-going place. It’s homey, cozy, and the food is stellar.
You can either stick to the pizzas and plates of pasta they serve up or go for the tacos, but whatever you choose, it’s sure to be a delight. Dedication is something that the place heavily anchors itself on, and that’s evident in their menu. For example, they have six different varieties to their french fries and ten options to their eggless Belgian waffles. If you don’t call that dedication to variety and cause, we don’t what is.
But one thing that will wow you is their selection of over 100 different teas. Indian milk tea, anyone? Or perhaps a cold fruit tea? Well, you’ve got about 98 more choices to go through.
Previously known as Brownrice Italian Vegan Ice Cream & Kitchen (Yep, that’s a mouthful), Smoocht takes ice cream and makes it a treat for all vegans and vegetarians out there. Their ice cream is made from organic brown rice, milk, and a bit of evaporated cane juice for the hint of sweetness ice cream is known for.
You can get your ice cream per scoop in a variety of flavours such as Nutella, French chocolate, mint, Earl Grey, and more. For those who want it even sweeter, get it topped off on a waffle and enjoy!
Ananda Bhavan Restaurant
One of Singapore’s oldest Indian vegetarian restaurant, Ananda Bhavan is a popular place for veggie lovers and Indian food lovers. With six branches around Singapore, it’s not hard to see that they’re popular. They opened back in 1924, serving traditional vegetarian dishes from India.
The thosai set is highly recommended, especially the onion rava masala thosai which consists of potato curry that is wrapped in a crunchy and crispy shell of fermented pancakes with onions.
There’s no reason not to visit this amazing place!
We love fusion, and we love that many restaurants here in Singapore are adding in a vegetarian option to their menu like the restaurant, Elemen.
Elemen specializes in serving up a fusion of modern vegetarian dishes. The influence in their food is prominent, with Chinese, Japanese, and Western influences being big hits. They’re devoid of mock meat and choose to serve mouthwatering pasta and pizzas for those who like to play it safe. For those with a more adventurous palate, try their shitake mushroom-stuffed purple rice rolls, and the blue flower tofu with black truffle wild rice. Sounds appetizing, doesn’t it?
They have a five-course set for you to try and an eight-course set. With these sets, you’ll get to try a little bit of what excellent food Elemen has to offer you.
Explore and Taste the Vegetarian Side of Singapore
Going vegan or vegetarian can be a big step in life, one that changes how you live and how you eat. It can be daunting, but in the world of today, things are now more accessible. There are more places and restaurants in Singapore the specialises in vegan and vegetarian diets, tasty dishes waiting to be made and eaten.
A visit to the places and restos mentioned above will surely give you a new vigour in your diet and will open your eyes to just how yummy vegetables can be.
Vegan, vegetarian or not, the food scene in Singapore is on the rise, and it’s only going to get better.