12 Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in Singapore That Serve Delicious Meat-Free and Sustainable Meals
Just because these menus don’t feature meat, doesn’t mean the food on offer isn’t scrumptious – but for vegetarians and vegans reading this, I’m sure you already knew this.
From beautifully plated haute gastronomie style cuisine, to local favourites and flavours from around the world, they all look to Mother Nature to take care of our bodies and what we put in them – as well as ensuring we’re conscious eaters whilst we’re at it.
1. Singapore’s first Meditterranean Restaurant: Original Sin
Mediterranean cuisine is known for its fresh and light flavours, and many of the beloved flavours and popular dishes are derived from veggies – in the form of mezze style and tapas offerings.
Dishes on this menu to delight your veggie palette include a whole roasted cauliflower – if you’ve never tried this dish before now’s the time – Halloumi, Mezze platters, Moussaka and Spanakopita!
2. For a variety of meat alternatives like Vegetarian Peking Duck: Eight Treasures Vegetarian Restaurant (八宝素食馆)
This vegetarian Chinese restaurant is somewhat of a firm favourite among locals, and it’s no surprise thanks to the crazy amount of dishes available on their menu.
Choose from the many wok-fried rice and noodle dishes, as well as soups. There are menu pages dedicated to plates focused around beancurd and mushroom too. And don’t forget to try one of their meat alternatives such as Veggie Crispy Suckling Pig made using bean curd instead of pork meat.
3. Michelin-awarded vegetarian restaurant: Whole Earth
Holding the title for four consecutive years, you know the food that this little spot serves up must be wholesome, healthy and seriously delicious!
Interestingly, they combine a fusion of Peranakan and Thai cuisine in creating their completely plant-based menu,and they’re the first and only restaurant of its kind in Singapore.
PS: Although they are known to be vegetarian, most of their menu is vegan (but not limited to it).
4. Located on a rooftop garden, this takes fine-dining to new heights: Joie by Dozo
The chefs behind this all-vegetarian restaurant prove that you can still create Haute gastronomy by just using plants, fruits and vegetables – no meat required.
If you’re somewhat of a foodie you’ll be blown away by the presentation which pops with colour inspired by the latest food trends, particularly in Taiwan and Europe.
Private rooms with lovely views are also available for booking.
5. The perfect date-night spot: Elemen
Whether you’re wanting to order a la carte (do try their Tempura Tofu with Spicy Shiitake Purple Rice Roll) or enjoy a classic 8-course set meal… With so much food to choose from, you won’t even realise that there’s no meat to be found.
There are a few dishes on their menu where “meat” is an option and if you prefer your vegetarian fare to still represent parts and flavours of meat that you crave in a meal, they offer meat-alternatives, or fake meat.
But unlike many vegetarian restaurants, they haven’t created these dishes to look like meat, but rather choose to showcase the meat substitute in its pure, natural glory.
6. Certified low-calorie dishes on this plant-based menu: Afterglow
Afterglow is known for serving alternative plant-based solutions to some beloved and classic dishes that would usually contain meat, from hamburgers to lentil flaxseed nuggets.
Best of all, every single dish on the menu is completely vegan, and you won’t find any traces of eggs, dairy, refined sugars and artificial sweeteners.
PS: If you’ve had a long day of work and feel like dining in instead, no worries, you can now order-in and they’ll deliver to your doorstep!
7. Get your lunch-time fix here: Greendot
Soybean, Lion’s Mane Mushroom (known for its fantastic medicinal properties) and Konnyaku (a Southeast Asian plant which contains edible corn kernels) are the stars of the show over at Greendot, and they incorporate the three ingredients into many dishes here.
Choose from veggie Bento boxes, stir-frys, dry noodle dishes, soups, and more!
PS: Do check their website for the nearest outlet near you. There are 11 Greendot outlets around!
8. For all things Japanese: Herbivore
Japan is one of those countries where it’s very easy to be vegetarian, and still feast on incredibly flavoursome and interesting foods at the same time.
As the first Japanese vegetarian restaurant in Singapore, most of the dishes are traditionally Japanese. However, you will find a slight western twist here and there, and you can find plenty of sushi, including classic favourites and more unusual types too.
9. Vegan, Paleo and Keta options: The Living Cafe
The food here almost looks too pretty to eat, and we can guarantee you’ll want to snap and upload a photo of your food to the ‘Gram before tucking in – you know how these things go.
Their menu can be categorised by whole and raw foods (meaning they haven’t been cooked), including Smoothie and Buddha Bowls, Living Tapas, zoodles (zucchini noodles) and plenty more yummy options.
10. Free from mock meats, gluten, artificial colouring, and additives: Ling Zhi Vegetarian (灵芝素食馆)
This Chinese restaurant has been operating since 1991 and is a long-standing crowd-pleaser for vegetarian cuisine.
You have to try their Braised Yam and Vermicelli with Fermented Beancurd Sauce served in a Claypot. They also offer both a lunch and dinner buffet made up of different dim sums, soups, appetisers, traditional delicacies and desserts – so save your appetite and fill up on all the delicious food.
PS: Do check their website for all 12 outlet locations!
11. The world’s first 100% plant based burger franchise is in Singapore: VeganBurg
Sometimes, there’s nothing that beats a dirty, delicious hamburger, especially on a Sunday or to cure the hangover… Meat-less eaters can now indulge in these mouth-watering burgers, while feeling the same satisfaction after enjoying a delicious one!
Their patties are made from GMO-free soybeans, mushrooms, grains and brown rice. The original store opened in San Francisco in 2010 where it caught its claim to fame offering completely vegan burgers before it became the trend!
12. Renown for their veggie burgers with its special miso dressing: nomVnom Bistro
In the mood for Western chow? From pizzas to burgers, pastas, salads, soups, truffle fries and smoothies, you’ll discover all the classics on these menus, just with vegetarian twists.
Apart from Western cuisine, there are a few Asian favorites including Kimchi Udon and Springrolls, and the same can be said for the various toppings and ingredients in the dishes – try their MSW Durian Pizza!
One thing we love about eating anything vegetarian or vegan is that our tummies always thank us afterwards, and we can feel it in our mood too – oftentimes eating meat makes you feel sluggish/lethargic.
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