Going meat-free in Singapore guarantees you a meal every bit as delectable as those meant for non-vegetarians. Ice cream, authentic Peranakan* nosh, and even burgers with all the works are just a few vegan- and vegetarian-friendly dishes you can find in the eastern part of the island. Here are five restaurants worth checking out.
*The term is an Indonesian/Malay word that means “local born”, which generally refers to people of Chinese and Malay/Indonesian heritage.
For all-day brunch
With a completely plant-based menu, Soul Alife offers up a range of Western-inspired fare that’s big on flavour as well as nutritious.
Visitors can nosh on a variety of burgers, rice bowls and comfort food like Mac and Cheese, but the star attraction here is undoubtedly their all-day brunch menu. Opt for their Big Breakfast, which replaces cholesterol-heavy staples like bacon and eggs with vegetarian substitutes like sautéed mushrooms and tofu.
Changi City Point. 5 Changi Business Park Central 1, Singapore 486038.
For juicy, meatless burgers
Founded in 2010, VeganBurg claims to be the world’s first burger joint that uses 100% plant-based and GMO-free patties. Pick from nine burgers, including the delicious Smoky BBQ Burger, which stars a mushroom patty slathered in smoky barbecue sauce and topped with onions, pickles and a slice of tomato. Be sure to also try the umami-rich seaweed fries and for dessert, the refreshing chocolate and coconut sherbet.
VeganBurg. 44 Jalan Eunos, Singapore 419502. +65 6844 6868.
Yes Natural Vegetarian Restaurant
For traditional Chinese vegetarian meals
Wholesome Chinese food for both vegetarians and vegans is the order of the day at Yes Natural Vegetarian Restaurant. The eatery’s signature dish is a plate of fresh veggie noodles served with almond sauce; it’s a delightfully textural treat thanks to the crunchy shredded vegetables. The restaurant also operates a retail and bakery arm, offering vegan options like eggless cakes and red rice loaves laced with red rice grains.
Yes Natural Vegetarian Restaurant. 57 Lorong 27 Geylang, Singapore 388184. +65 6741 1580.
Daily 11am-3pm; 5-9.30pm.
For reimagined hawker fare
Loving Hut is a vegan restaurant that doles out Peranakan, Asian and Western fare. Go local with a bowl of mee siam (a Malay dish of rice vermicelli that’s served in a sweet and sour gravy) or the oyster-free orh lua, which is a wok-fried omelette that comes with a side of chilli sauce. Or if you’re feeling particularly hungry, try nasi campur ; it’s a simple rice dish that’s served on a banana leaf, and comes with pickled fruit, spicy eggplant, tofu and green vegetables. There’s also Western grub on the menu, including an almond crumb fillet and a pan-fried portobello mushroom with mashed potato.
Loving Hut. 229 Joo Chiat Road #01-01, Singapore 427489. +65 6348 6318.
Mon, Wed-Fri 11.30am-3pm, 6-9.30pm; Sat & Sun 11.30am-9.30pm.
North South East West Fusion Vegetarian Cuisine
For vegetarian hot pot
True to its name, North South East West Fusion Vegetarian Cuisine has a huge variety of dishes on its menu that spans Chinese, Thai and Western cuisines. The hot pot set is the highlight here. Pick a vegetable or tom yum (sour and spicy Thai soup) broth, then dunk in ingredients such as mushroom, spinach, and mock seafood and meat for a feast with friends and family. Other dishes on the menu include Hawaiian pizza, chicken rice served with mock meat, and mushroom burgers.
North South East West Fusion Vegetarian Cuisine. 200 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 436998. +65 8100 0049.