As we become more health conscious, many people are taking the decision to switch to a vegetarian diet. Consuming animal products is no longer necessary to enjoy a healthy, balanced diet, and many leading doctors and nutritionists agree that a plant-based diet provides everything the body needs to stay healthy. Whether you are vegetarian for health reasons, ethical reasons, or simply want to try something new, the following restaurants offer some of the finest cuisine in Singapore and all will ensure your hasty return.
1. Original Sin, Holland VillagePhoto: originalsin.com.sg
This popular restaurant opened in 1997 and has enjoyed enduring success thanks to its mouth-watering Mediterranean cuisine. Start with a meze platter that comes filled with enticing dishes such as tzatziki, hummus, falafel balls, and babaganoush all served alongside sundried tomato ciabatta bread.
2. Central Park, NUS Dover
Sandra Lee is the owner of this raw food and vegan restaurant, and her professional training has helped her create some spectacular recipes using only raw, organic ingredients. Mushroom tofu and black jasmine rice risotto are 2 stand-out dishes, and sweet lovers will adore the crumbly chocolate cake with vegan cream cheese frosting.
3. Zen Fut Sai Kai, Kitchener Road
Don’t let the tricky name put you off visiting this fabulous Chinese restaurant that has remained the same since its opening in 1953. As well as the best restaurants in Singapore, Zen Fut Sai Kai offers a wide range of Chinese specialities all cooked to perfection and not a scrap of meat in sight.
4. Pollen, Flower Dome
Located inside the glass atrium of the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay, this stylish restaurant is the creation of Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton, and guests can enjoy vegetarian dishes prepared using ingredients from the restaurant’s private herb and vegetable garden. The roasted artichoke and salt-baked celeriac with truffle is a little expensive but well worth the price-tag for top-level gourmet cuisine.
5. The Green Room Café, Bishan Park
Catering exclusively to vegans, this restaurant specialises in vegan gastronomy and fuses unlikely flavours to create some truly spectacular dishes. Spice lovers should go for the Myanmar salad that will set your taste buds on fire, and after the meal cool off with some raspberry cheesecake and peanut butter ice-cream all prepared without a single dairy product.
6. Veggie Cottage, Dalhousie Lane
This charming little eatery features vegetarian versions of European classics such as cottage pie and spaghetti bolognaise. The décor is reminiscent of a French café with handwritten chalk menus and staff offer a warm welcome to all guests.
7. Waterfall Café Orange Grove Road
This upmarket establishment is located inside the Shangri-La Hotel and specialises in sustainable, organic ingredients. The restaurant offers incredible seafood dishes such as Alaskan king crab salad, and strict vegetarians should opt for the spinach and buffalo ricotta ravioli.
8. Gokul, Upper Dickson Road
Arguably one of the best vegetarian restaurants in Singapore, Gokul offers Indian, Malaysian, Chinese, Thai, and Western dishes all prepared without onions or garlic, and the vast majority of the dishes on the menu are vegan.
9. Divine Realm, Hougang Avenue
Divine Realm may not look like much from the outside with its red plastic patio chairs and menu scrawled on a whiteboard near the counter, but it has an almost legendary status among the vegetarian community and after eating here you will understand why. The best items on the menu by far are the handmade noodle dishes that will ensure you never buy instant noodles again.
10. VeganBurg, Turf Club RoadPhoto: veganburg.com
For vegans who miss the taste of a good burger, the VeganBurg has just the thing to satisfy those cravings. The creamy shrooms burger is to die for and will convert even meat-lovers to vegan cuisine. Grilled soy patties are smothered in satay sauce and sandwiched in organic ciabatta buns to create some of the finest taste experiences in Singapore.
11. Real Food, Eu Tong Sen Street
The name says it all, and guests will not mind waiting a little longer for the kitchen to freshly prepare each and every dish on the menu. The steamed dumplings with sesame oil and tamari are must haves, but go early to avoid disappointment as they sell out fast.
Vegetarian restaurants have converted hundreds of people to a plant-based diet as their gourmet dishes prove that you don’t need meat to create hearty, delicious food that satisfies even the greatest hunger. Try taking a meat-loving friend to one of the aforementioned restaurants to demonstrate how enticing vegetarian food can be, and you may even convince them to make the switch to a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle.