Whether your goal is to go vegetarian or vegan, or whether you’re already there, here’s where you should be heading to for some wonderful vegetarian and vegan fare. Yes, we’ve scoured the island for the best green places for you to eat healthier and sink your teeth into something delish at the same time. So here’s a guide to 16 Vegetarian, Vegan and Raw Food Restaurants in Singapore.
Some of the eateries mentioned here are entirely vegan restaurants, while others are vegetarian, mostly with vegan options. In fact, even if you’re not thinking of quitting meat anytime soon (or ever), some of these vegetarian and vegan restaurants might still make you drool. So folks, check out Singapore’s favourite haunts for vegetarian, vegan and even raw food, food that is not only healthier and delish but also explosive in presentation. Between 3 of us at Team ERL, we’ve personally been to most of these but we’ve also included a couple we haven’t checked out ourselves, as they were recommended by friends.
1. Afterglow by Anglow (Vegan)
TYPE: Raw Vegan
MUST-TRY: Raw Chocolate Salted Caramel Fudge
On a mission to bring sexy back to vegetables, Afterglow serves simple farm-to-table fare and is a popular choice for those hankering after raw vegan food – the only non-vegan dishes on their menu are the 2 desserts. The focus of the carefully curated menu ranges from said vegan and vegetarian to local, unprocessed and eco-friendly. They also boast their own juice cleanse menu. Check out their Raw Vegan Nut Cheese Platter where the nut cheese is made of cultured cashews and probiotics; Quinoa-Strone soup and Drag-Pom salad (with dragonfruit, pomegranate, avocado and macadamia nuts). And trust us, you don’t want to leave without trying their Raw Chocolate Salted Caramel Fudge, made with raw avocados and raw cacao fudge.
Afterglow by Anglow: 24 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089131. P: +65 6224 8921
2. Cafe Salivation
TYPE: Vegetarian with Vegan Options (Western-Mediterranean Fusion)
MUST-TRY: Island Black Bean Burger, Pink Mango Cooler
Little India’s first Western-Mediterranean fusion vegetarian cafe with subtle Indian nuances. And Cafe Salivation can also serve most of its menu without using onions or garlic, making it the perfect rare find for Buddhists and Jains. Even their desserts are authentically eggless. Check out their Island Black Bean Burger, the vegan Chickpea & Brown Rice Burger, Cottage Cheese (Paneer) Pizza or the classic Desi Sandwich (S$11). If you’re looking for something non-spicy for kids, go for the Fettuccine Pesto – request for the chilli flakes to be omitted.
Cafe Salivation: 176 Race Course Road, Singapore 218607 . P: 6298 1412 / 6341 5546
MUST-TRY: 8 Course Set
With a focus on taking as much care of the planet as taking care of yourself through a healthy, vegetarian diet made with natural ingredients, Elemen’s affordable dining concept promotes a more harmonious and sustainable environment for both current and future generations. So indulge with a guilt-free conscience into delectable menu items – Team ERL favourites include Double Boiled Burdock Roots with Monk Fruits, Sizzling Quinoa Brown Rice and Lemongrass Latte. Or better still, opt for their 8 Course Set (S$32.80++) and get to enjoy a variety of dishes. Read our full dining review of Elemen here.
Elemen: 9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-75A/76 Millenia Walk, Singapore 039596 P: +65 6238 0511
Elemen: 301 Upper Thomson Road, #01-113 Thomson Plaza, Singapore 574408. P: +65 6452 0351
TYPE: Vegetarian (Japanese)
MUST-TRY: Vegetarian Tempura, Avocado Maki
Singapore’s first and leading (and perhaps only) Japanese-Western fusion vegetarian restaurant, Herbivore offers everything from delicious vegan-friendly sushi to fab mock chicken and salmon teriyaki bento boxes. Try their signature Katsu curry set with deep fried veg pork – it’s simply unbelievable. Also highly recommended by one of our team members is the Veg Tempura (tastes delicious dipped into the tempura sauce), Avocado Maki and the BBQ satay sticks (sorry but we can’t recall the exact dish name). And though on the slightly pricier side, the dishes are more than generous in size to make up for it.
Herbivore: Fortune Centre , 190 Middle Road #01-13/14 , Singapore 188979. P: +65 6333 1612
5. Joie by Dozo
TYPE: Vegetarian (Modern Japanese-European)
MUST-TRY: Grill Summer Mushroom Steak on “Pu-Ye” Hot Stone
Crowning the rooftop garden on Orchard Central, Joie specialises in modern meatless cuisine inspired by the new wave of vegetarian dining trend in Europe and Taiwan. Choose from the elaborate 6 Course Set Lunch (S$ 38.80++) or 7 Course Set Dinner (S$ 68.80++) to enjoy the many unique and uncommon ingredients used to create contemporary dishes with Japanese-European sensibilities and flavours. We highly recommend the Grill Summer Mushroom Steak on “Pu-Ye” Hot Stone (or simply grilled monkey head mushroom on lava stone served with truffle mash potato) and Transparency of Pear (layered pear tataki with apple mozzarella and basil dressing).
Joie by DOZO: 181 Orchard Road, #12-01 Orchard Central, Singapore 238896. P: 68386966
6. LingZhi Vegetarian
TYPE: Vegetarian (Chinese)
Serving up innovative gourmet vegetarian Chinese cuisine since 1991, LingZhi is probably the only address in town to offer a vegetarian Hi-Tea Buffet (S$ 14.80++). They’re also one of the most famous vegetarian restaurants in Singapore. We haven’t eaten here personally, but we hear that some of the popular dishes are Poached Japanese Homemade Noodle with Ficus Hitra and Wild Fungus from their healthy set menu, Braised Taro with Soya Bean curd Skin and the Eight Treasures Rice with Truffles sauce served in Bamboo Tube.
Ling Zhi: Liat Towers #05-01, 541 Orchard Road, Singapore 238881. P: +65 6734 3788
Ling Zhi: Velocity@Novena Square, #03-09/10, 238 Thomson Road, Singapore 307683. P: +65 6538 2992
7. Loving Hut
TYPE: Vegan (Asian)
One of the fastest growing chains of international vegan restaurants in the world, Loving Hut uses 100% vegan, non-GMO, and often organic ingredients, in their dishes. The cosy eatery on Joo Chiat has an extensive menu offering local, Asian fusion, European fusion, pastas, burgers – you name it. Try the Nyonya Laksa Lemak (S$ 9.90), Portobello Burger and drinks like Avocado Smoothie and Morning Glory. For kids, try the Pasta Alla Napoletana (S$ 8.90) rich in both tomato sauce and veggies.
Loving Hut: 229 Joo Chiat Rd, #01-01, Singapore, 427489. P: +65 6348 6318
TYPE: Vegan (Burgers)
MUST-TRY: QQ Cheesy
A vegan fast food joint, nomVnom serves all kinds of vegan burgers with patties ranging from soya to mushroom to potato and mixed vegetables. They do a whooping 22 vegan burgers using homemade buns and all-natural ingredients like unbleached white flour, brown sugar, natural yeast, sea salt and filtered water. Top picks here include QQ Cheesy (with a mushroom stem patty and homemade cashew nut cheese) and Nom Nom (with a soya patty and tartar sauce). nomVnom, yum yum!
nomVnom: 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #B1-44, Singapore 0591817. P: +65 6224 4996
9. Original Sin
TYPE: Vegetarian with Vegan Options (Meditteranean / Italian)
MUST-TRY: Bosco Misto
Opening its doors in 1997 in the trendy Holland Village enclave, Original Sin is one of Singapore’s vegetarian stalwarts, offering an amazing Meditteranean / Italian vegetarian menu. They do have vegan dishes on the menu as well as garlic & onion free options. Popular classics include the Bosco Misto (spinach, feta and tofu patties coated with almonds and sesame, served with asparagus and a mushroom plum sauce), Spanakopita (baked ricotta, spinach and feta in filo pastry, S$29) and the Magic Mushroom (baked Portobello with spinach and ricotta cheese, topped with a tomato basil sauce and mozzarella). Personal favourites also include the Mezze Platter and Absolut Pasta.
Original Sin:Blk 43 #01-62 Jalan Merah Saga Holland Village, Chip Bee Gardens Singapore 278115. P : +65.6475 5605
10. Pepper Jade Thai Vegetarian
TYPE: Vegetarian with Vegan options, No Onion or Garlic (Thai)
If you are vegetarian or vegan, Pepper Jade‘s wide range of Thai vegetarian salads, starters, soups, mains, rice, noodles and desserts will be a great choice. An all-vegetarian restaurant, they don’t use garlic and onions, and offer vegan dishes as well. Some of the favourites here include Thai Fish Cakes, Tom Yum Soup in Claypot, Phap Thai, Blue Butterfly Pea Truffle Fried Rice and the Green Curry. For those who don’t eat eggs, there is a surprising dish that replaces the egg whites with yam and egg yolks with mashed pumpkin! The Son-In-Law ‘Eggs’ are then deep-fried and drizzled with a tangy sauce. For more about our favourite Thai Restaurants for vegetarians, read here.
Pepper Jade: 91 Bencoolen Street Sunshine Plaza #01-18-19/20. P: +65 63377030
11. Project Açaí
TYPE: Vegan (Açaí Bowls & Smoothies)
MUST TRY: Take your pick and go creative with the toppings
As Singapore’s first açaí cafe, Project Açaí offers the finest flavours of the super fruit. All its açaí bowls and smoothies are fully dairy free and vegan friendly. With everything here being freshly prepared throughout the day, this is the place to explore healthy eating that feels indulgent. Their Açaí Bowls come in Handy, Medium & Large ($6.80, $9.30 & $14.50) while the smoothies are S$ 8.50 a pop. Check out the insta-worthy Original Flower Bowl, Nuts for Açaí Bowl, and Supergreens Açaí Bowl, or go for one of the wittily named smoothies like Beach Body To-Go, Where My Chocolate Abs?, or Can’t Let That Man Go. The East coast outlet even offers a Vegan Latte.
Project Acai: 27 Lorong Liput, Holland Village, Singapore 277738
Project Acai: 391 Orchard Road, #B2-32A, Takashimaya S.C., Ngee Ann City, Singapore 238872
Project Acai: 217 East Coast Road, Singapore 428915
12. Real Food
TYPE: Vegetarian with Vegan Options
MUST-TRY: Organic Fried Rice, Soy Dumplings
No microwave, no pre-packed or processed foods at Real Food. Producing and serving only ethical and healthy à la minute slow food brimming with fresh ingredients (nothing pre-cut) and made using slow-pressed juicers, low heat pan-frying and homemade sauces, you know you’re in a good place. Their popular favourites include Organic Fried Rice, Soy Dumplings, Sourdough Wholemeal Waffles and even Vanilla Quinoa milk. They also serve awesome burgers like the Beet Millet Burger or the vegan Portobello Burger. Real Food might be delicious but be warned that their service is usually pretty slow.
Real Food: Check out multiple locations here.
TYPE: Vegetarian with Vegan Options; No Onion or Garlic
MUST-TRY: King Oyster Mushroom Burger, B&W Checkerboard
Sauté is a bistro specialising in Earth-based cuisines, that uses natural ingredients that are nutritious, natural and wholesome. Serving to a wide range of diets, they are happy to entertain vegetarians, vegans, flexitarians and health enthusiasts, apart from those who just wish to try earth based food. All their food is meat free and doesn’t contain onion or garlic. Though their menu is quite extensive, their King Oyster Mushroom Burger with Fries and Salad (in a charcoal bun), Baked Kimchi Seaweed Fried Rice come highly recommended. They also have a good range of pizzas and pastas. Whatever you have for the mains, don’t forget to order the B&W Checkerboard (bamboo charcoal buttermilk waffle with sea-salted caramel ice cream).
Sauté: Bugis Cube #02-08, 470 North Bridge Rd, S(188735). P: +65 9007 5507
TYPE: Vegetarian (Italian-inspired)
MUST-TRY: Wholesome Trio
With its innovative concept hailing from Taiwan, the all vegetarian-menu at Sufood is differentiated by the colour of the different fruits and vegetables that are used for its dishes (think red, yellow, white, purple and green). The menu has changed since we last visited, from the current menu Team ERL have tried the Wholesome Trio (S$ 4.90) and the India-meets-Italy (S$ 17) and both were quite good. Also popular is the Cream of Black Truffle Soup. Or for something different than the usual fare, try the Burdock Root and Cashew Broth or the Snow “Bird’s Nest” (Xueyan) Pudding.
Sufood: Raffles City Shopping Centre, 252 North Bridge Road, #02-19, Singapore 179103. P : (65) 6333 5338
TYPE: Vegan (Burgers)
MUST-TRY: Smokey Mushroom Bbq
You guessed it – vegan plant-based burgers are not only possible, they can be absolutely divine too. Just sink your teeth into VeganBurg’s amazing creations using soy patties as the base. Team ERL favourites include the Hawaiian Teriyaki (pineapple) and the Smokey Mushroom Bbq.
VeganBurg: 44 Jalan Eunos, Singapore 419502. P: +65 6844 6868
16. Whole Earth
TYPE: Vegetarian & Vegan (Peranakan and Thai)
MUST-TRY: Penang Rendang, Olive Rice
Specialising in delivery of authentic Peranakan and Thai vegetarian fare, Whole Earth is Singapore’s first and only plant-based restaurant to be awarded the inaugural Michelin Bib Gourmand 2016. Need we say anymore? Some of their timeless classics include the hearty Penang Rendang, Olive Rice and the Nyonya Curry.
Whole Foods: 76 Peck Seah St, Singapore 079331. P: +65 6221 6583
Wondering where the Indian options are? Fret not. We haven’t forgotten about them. But we’ll need a whole other article for those as whether you go to a North-Indian or a South Indian restaurant, you’ll always find a plethora of vegetarian options on their menu. The Michelin-starred The Song of India has the best (and most affordable) lunch buffets in town; Punjab Grill and Rang Mahal are great options for mod Indian fine-dining; while our recommendations for traditional Indian stalwarts are Tandoor @ Holiday Inn and Shahi Maharani. Check out Bikanervala for the best chaats in town, or just head to Little India for delicious South Indian restaurants such as Gokul Vegetarian, and the famous Komala Villas and Anand Bhavan chains.
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