Finding good vegetarian restaurants in Singapore can be tough, especially if you’re new to the city. So, we took on the task of compiling the most delicious vegetarian eateries that’ll please the whole family! From hearty burgers to vegan ice cream, here’s our go-to guide to vegetarian dining in Singapore. (Psst – some of these spots offer gluten-free and eggless dishes, too!)
#1 Joie by Dozo Restaurant
Located on the rooftop garden at Orchard Central, Joie (“Joy”) by Dozo Restaurant offers meatless fine dining. Choose from an elaborate six-course lunch or seven-course dinner consisting of contemporary dishes with Japanese-European flavours. Psst… Read on for our review of this stunning spot.
#2 Loving Hut
Tuck into a mix of local and fusion grub at this modern vegan café located in the east. Standouts include the Nyonya Laksa Lemak ($9.90), a healthy-yet-hearty noodle dish, and weekday specials like the herbal soup set ($10.90). Loving Hut is closed on Tuesdays!
This cosy café prides itself for using fresh, local plant-based ingredients. The healthy menu features a mix of raw and cooked dishes, including the raw crispy lasagne ($22) and herbed quinoa bowl ($16). Dessert fans should definitely try the raw chocolate salted caramel fudge ($12.50), made with avocado and cacao fudge, tahini layer, vanilla, honey and dates-infused walnut crust.
#4 Original Sin Restaurant
Focusing on Mediterranean flavours, this vegetarian spot uses a range of fresh, wholesome ingredients and herbs in its dishes. Drop by during lunch for a value-for-money set ($28) that’ll get you a starter, a main – flatbread, avocado ciabatta, wrap or veggie burger – and a warm chocolate cake dessert.
This meat-free casual diner serves nourishing Japanese-Western fare – think ramen, rice bowls and pastas. Don’t miss the milk teas, too, available in flavours like taro, hazelnut and honeydew.
#02-21 Waterway Point West Wing
Asian-fusion vegetarian spot Greendot has a total of eight outlets islandwide! Look forward to nourishing meals like the signature rice bowl ($11.90), minced soya noodles ($7.90), as well as mushroom soup sets ($8.90 onwards).
#7 Café Salivation
Since 2008, this vegetarian café has been serving up Mediterranean-inspired cuisine with subtle Indian influences. Look forward to pizzas, pastas, burgers and enchiladas, alongside a variety of eggless and gluten-free desserts. A popular pick is the Gratin a la Verdure ($12), penne pasta cooked with mushrooms, broccoli and red chili, then topped with tomato sauce and baked with cheese. Psst… Café Salivation caters for special occasions, too!
#8 Ling Zhi Vegetarian
Open since 1991, this Chinese vegetarian restaurant has two outlets – Liat Towers and Velocity@Novena Square. Affordable lunch sets start from $12.90 per person at the Liat Tower branch, but if you’re extra hungry, go for the lunch buffet ($22.80 per person on weekdays; $24.80 on weekends) at Novena.
Meat-free burgers can be tasty too, especially when they come in flavours like char-grilled satay ($9.90) – which features rich Asian peanut sauce drizzled over a grilled soy patty – and smoky BBQ ($9.90), with a delish mushroom patty. Visiting with friends? Order a side of creamy garlic fries ($6.90) or spinach pops with ranch dressing ($5.90) to share.
#10 Gokul Vegetarian Restaurant
Founded in 2003, this pan-Asian restaurant has an extensive menu that includes everything from North and South Indian cuisine to Nonya fare. Perennial favourites include Laksa Goreng ($8.50), a stir-fried rendition of the local delight, Dum Briyani ($12) and murtabak ($8).
19 Upper Dickson; #01-07, 190 Fortune Centre
#11 Real Food
Apart from serving vegetarian dishes, Real Food – which has four outlets islandwide – prides itself on being free of processed ingredients, artificial preservatives and trans-fats. Psst… Feeling lazy? You can order in via Foodpanda!
#12 Whole Earth
Located in the buzzy Tanjong Pagar locale, this Peranakan-Thai vegetarian spot has recently wrapped up a two-month renovation. Now boasting an industrial-chic interior, the restaurant serves popular dishes like Assam Pedas vegetables ($18) and steamed stuffed shitake mushrooms ($25)
#13 The Boneless Kitchen
Meat-free Korean grub? Yes, please! Most of the ingredients used here are sourced from Korea or made from scratch – such as the kimchi and gochujang (red chili paste). Menu highlights include steamboats ($35.90 for two) and Dolsot Bibimbap ($9.90), a spicy rice dish.
Elemen has two outlets – Thomson Plaza and Millenia Walk – and the menu here is on trend. Look forward to light and healthy fusion dishes, such as the tempura tofu with avocado roll ($15.80) and mushroom risotto with black truffle ($15.80). Visiting on a weekday? Don’t miss their five-course set ($26.80)!
#15 Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant
Housed in Quality Hotel Marlow at Balestier Road, this Chinese vegetarian restaurant from Taiwan serves over 100 dishes, include the best-selling Taiwanese dim sum. Apart from the à la carte menu, Lotus also offers an Asian buffet (starts from $20.80 for weekday lunch).
Hailing from Taiwan, this vegetarian chain offers fusion cuisine – pasta, pizza and rice. For lunch, it serves a six-course set ($29.80), or you can go all out and indulge in an eight-course meal ($39.80); both options are wallet-friendly!
#17 Blue Bistro
Apart from daily rice sets and udon, Blue offer light bites like sandwiches and toast. Don’t forget to order the Blue Rice set ($6.50), a signature that features blue rice served with air-fried mock fish, okra, sambal, toasted shredded coconut and sambal.
#18 Pepper Jade Thai Vegetarian
Located at Sunshine Plaza, this sleek Thai spot serves popular classics like pomelo salad ($10) and tom yam in claypot ($12). Its vegan philosophy allows for no meat, eggs, garlic, onions or shallots. Instead, a mix of Thai spices and herbs is employed for maximum taste and flavour.
#19 Madras New Woodlands Restaurant
One of Singapore’s best-known Indian vegetarian restaurants, this Little India spot serves mainly South Indian dishes. If you’re looking for a filling meal, go for the VIP Thali ($9.50), which features seasonal vegetable chutneys, curries, rice and your choice of roti.
14 Upper Dickson Road
#20 Brownice Ice Cream
We’ll take ice cream any way it comes, including in its vegan incarnation at Brownice. The two outlets – in Ming Centre (#01-03) and 53 East Coast Road – serve flavours like French chocolate, strawberry, sea salt gula melaka and pumpkin coconut.
For more vegetarian menus, try these spots:
The Living Cafe
While it’s not a non-meat destination, raw food dominates the menu here, and there are vegetarian and vegan options aplenty, from nori rolls and salads to a sesame tofu burger ($15).
This restaurant prides itself on using organic and sustainable vegetables wherever possible. Vegetarian options include the Super-food salad ($17), a fresh, gluten-free mix of pomegranate and goji berries, sprouts, mixed nuts and seeds. Don’t leave without ordering a glass of their carefully selected organic wines, too!
Tracy Juice Culture
Don’t belittle this nondescript, small store front; this super popular vegetarian spot serves fresh juices and a couple of mains. A must-try is the mushroom udon ($7.90), a hearty, filling dish of udon, mushrooms and veggies in a rich and chunky mushroom and tomato broth. Note: This eatery is a hit with both vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike, and can get pretty packed during lunch time.
This upscale Indian resto at Marina Bay Sands offers a stellar five-course degustation menu for vegetarians ($98), as well as an affordable weekday vegetarian set lunch ($48). There are non-vegetarian set menus, too.
The Song of India
Housed in a beautiful black and white near Orchard Road, this one Michelin-starred Indian restaurant offers vegetarian set menus – and don’t miss their value-for-money buffet lunch ($29.90), which is a complete steal in our opinion! Non-vegetarian dishes are available.
By Anthia Chng
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