It’s a great time to be vegetarian. Long gone are the days when you were stuck with the same old options for a night out – Indian, Italian or Mexican. With Singapore’s growing number of star-studded restaurants, more and more chefs, including Michelin Starred Chefs are stepping up to the challenge of presenting vegetables and grains in more innovative ways to make them worthy contenders in front of their meaty counterparts. Some offer specially crafted vegetarian degustation menus, while others are adding more meatless options to their à la carte spread, so that your whole dining experience is more inclusive and exquisite.
From Indian to French to Italian to Peranakan, here are our top picks for vegetarian-friendly Michelin-starred restaurants in Singapore. Head to any one of these to enjoy vegetarian fine dining at its absolute best.
The only two-star contender in our list, Chef Julien Royer offers a full plant-forward French-style tasting menu, which like his other menus, change on a daily basis. Lunch options include 4-, 6- and 8-courses (for S$128++, S$198++ and S$258++ respectively). But if you’re lucky enough to snag a dinner reservation, go for the 8-course Tasting Menu (S$328++).
Odette: 1 St. Andrew’s Rd, #01-04 National Gallery, Singapore 178957. P: +65-63850498. Website.
2. The Song of India
Not just another run-of-the-mill Indian eatery, The Song of India is Singapore’s only Michelin-starred Indian restaurant, where chef Manjunath Mural offers specially dedicated vegetarian and Jain set menus, as well as ample à la carte options to please every palate. Mural’s vegetarian set menus are designed to take diners on a unique culinary journey with several choices. Choose from the following:
- Song’s Art Palette (S$55++) for a snapshot of his signature dishes;
- Chef’s Tasting Menu (S$79++);
- Journey Through India (S$99++) which features dishes from Delhi, Punjab, Rajasthan, Kerala, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh;
- Vegetarian Degustation Menu (S$129++)
The Song of India: 33 Scotts Road, Singapore 228226. P: +65-68360055. Website.
3. Saint Pierre
When the chef himself is vegetarian, you can only imagine the level of execution his vegetarian plates would have. Using only the freshest natural ingredients possible, chef-owner Emmanuel Stroobant offers a duo of vegetarian menu options for the plant-based diners. Full vegetarian menus are available as the 5-course Classic Menu (S$158++) or the chef’s choice 7-course Discovery Menu (S$188++); just state your veg preference when you reserve. Read Saint Pierre’s Immaculate, Modern, Michelin-Starred, French Vegetarian Menus.
Saint Pierre: 1 Fullerton Road, #02-02B One Fullerton, Singapore 049213. P: 6438 0887. Website.
4. Corner House
Local celebrity chef Jason Tan uses the ample botanicals in his backyard, including tubers, roots and fungi, to vines, fruits and herbs to showcase his contemporary French fusion cuisine. A two-storey black & white bungalow built in 1910 is home to Tan’s innovative Gastro-Botanica, known for his must-try signature interpretation of kaya toast for dessert. Although not available online, Tan is happy to create vegetarian versions of all his available menus according to diner preferences. Choose from the following set vegetarian menus options:
- Business Lunch: 3-course (S$78++) / 4-course (S$98++)
- 5-course Menu Experience (S$158++)
- 5-course Corner House Degustation Menu (S$208++)
- 7-course Corner House Experience (S$268++)
Corner House: 1 Cluny Road, E J H Corner House, Singapore Botanic Gardens, (Nassim Gate Entrance), Singapore 259569. P: +65-64691000. Website.
Always intrigued by local Peranakan fare but never had the opportunity to try it or know what to expect? Candlenut is a must-do then. It’s not just another veg-friendly Michelin-starred restaurant in Singapore, but it is the world’s first Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant. Enjoy a contemporary creative twist to traditional Straits-Chinese cuisine as chef Malcolm Lee refines and preserves the essence and complexities of the traditionally complex fare. Please note that the restaurant requires a one-day advance notice for vegetarian requests.
Candlenut: 17A Dempsey Rd, Singapore 249676. P: 1800 304 2288. Website.
Enjoy executive chef Kirk Westaway’s specially-crafted 5-course Set Lunch Menu (S$138++) or 8-course Set Dinner Menu (S$268++) boasting natural premier ingredients only. The menu is British-inspired and Westaway’s dishes are seasonality-based, so expect menu changes every quarterly as he showcases only the best quality harvested vegetables from the world’s best producers, minimally prepared so that their natural taste speaks for themselves.
Jaan: 2 Stamford Road, Level 70, Equinox Complex, 178882. P: +65-68373322. Website.
With a name that translates to ‘embers’ in Italian, Braci’s menu redefines traditional Italian classics using primitive forms of cooking like wood, Josper ovens and the shichirin grill. Choose one of chef-owner Beppe De Vito’s degustation menus (only available for the entire table) for a journey from the South of Italy to Asia. Choose from the 4-course Surprise menu (S$100++); the 5-course Epicurean menu (S$150++); or the 5-course Gourmand menu (S$200++). A 3-course Lunch Menu (S$55++) is available every Tuesday to Friday afternoon, with vegetarian and Gluten Free options available on request.
Braci: 52 Boat Quay, Level 5/6, Singapore 049841. P: +65-68661933. Website.
Korean cuisine has always been very vegetable-forward, so imagine French, Italian and Korean fusion all under one roof. Meta – meaning change, alternation, and alteration – is home to re-invented classic French-inspired cuisine with an Asian twist. Chef Sun Kim is a protégé of the famed Tetsuya Wakada of Tetsuya and Waku Ghin fame. The 5-course Winter Menu is priced at S$148++, while the 7-Course stands at S$188++. Both are available as fully vegetarian sets, on prior request.
Meta: 1 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089109. P: +65-65130898. Website.
9. Garibaldi Italian Restaurant & Bar
Garibaldi provides a fine example of a stylish Italian eatery – modern, elegant yet friendly and dynamic, where Executive Chef & Owner Roberto Galetti‘s aim is to offer a complete representation of traditional Italian cuisine. Vegetarians can choose to go al-la-carte to enjoy the many veg dishes on offer, like Gnocchi Alla Barbabietola Rossa Noci e Balsamico (Beetroot & Potato Gnocchi with Gorgonzola Cheese Sauce, Walnut & Balsamic) or Pasta e Fagioli (Cannellini Bean Soup Tuscan Style with Short Tube Pasta). Some of the Set Menus already offer at least one veg option for each course, but if unavailable for a particular course, vegetarian options can be done upon request. Menus include Weekday Set Lunch Menu (S$39++), The 6-Course Creative Menu (S$188++) and The 4-Course Signature Menu (S$138++).
Garibaldi Italian Restaurant & Bar: 36 Purvis Street #01-02 Singapore 188613. P: +65-68371468. Website.
10. Whole Earth
Not a Michelin-starred restaurant, but Whole Earth is Singapore’s first and only plant-based restaurant to be awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand for 3 consecutive years. Whole Earth is also the first and only Peranakan-Thai vegetarian restaurant in Singapore. Their mission is to elevate the standard of plant-based cooking and promote it to a wider audience beyond vegetarians and vegans. Some of the delightfully flavourful dishes here include Sambal King (eggplant, lady’s finger, long bean and petai bean) and the signature Peranakan dish Assam Pedas (tamarind, galangal, and ginger flower, served with vegetables).
Whole Earth: 76 Peck Seah St, Singapore 079331. P: +65-6221 6583. Website.
This list is by no means exhaustive. Rather, it’s based on personal experience and recommendations by fellow vegetarians. More often than not, you won’t find a vegetarian menu online (when checking the restaurant menus), but please call the restaurant directly – chances are that you will be pleasantly surprised most times.