Celebrations ahoy; this Chinese New Year, relish feasting & enjoy!
With the Lunar New Year around the corner, and Valentine’s Day preceding it just by a couple of days, we’ve got plenty of reason to celebrate. As the CNY is all about Reunion dinners, everyone of us is busy making plans and nothing says festivities like a good feast. Many portals have already posted about Chinese places where you could be headed, so we at EatRoamLive thought we’d dish out non-Chinese fine dining places that are great for vegetarians and vegans to dine at before and after the Reunion dinners. Get ready to usher in the Year of the Dog with some of the finest food on the island with 7 of our current favourite restaurants for Vegetarian & Vegan Fine Dining during the Chinese New Year holidays (in alphabetical order).
JAAN (Cuisine: Modern European)
Dining at Jaan is exceptional in every way. Kirk Westaway cooks up a gastronomic storm with Modern European seasonal dishes. This means their menu keeps changing but you can rest assured that whatever is up for offer will be as good as it gets with the presentation being artistic and the taste exquisite. They offer set menus and for vegetarians there is the weekday lunch 5 Course Vegetarian Set Menu for S$128++ (the Saturday menu is at S$138++) and a dinner 7 Course Vegetarian Menu for S$218++ (served from Monday to Saturday). This Michelin Starred restaurant also boasts of panoramic views of the island.
Jaan: Level 70, Equinox Complex, Swissôtel The Stamford, 2 Stamford Road, Singapore 178882. P: +65 68373322
Jim Thompson (Cuisine: Thai)
If you enjoy Thai food, you’ll love Jim Thompson Thai Restaurant & Wine Bar. An eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary dishes, it stands out with many vegetarian dishes that will make you a die-hard fan. Wine pairings here are as varied as the food. The cocktail Siam Sunray and the soups – Tom Yam and Tom Kha Pak are worth a go. Relish the Phad Thai Noodles (which happen to be our favourite around town) with the Tau-Hu Phad Priew Wan (S$20), and have a sweet finish with Mango Sticky Rice. Jim Thompson serves several vegan dishes too, please check for individual dishes. Know more about what we love and recommend by checking out a vegetarian dining review of Jim Thompson here.
Jim Thompson: 45 Minden Road, Dempsey Rd, Singapore 248817 P: +65 6475 6088
Joei by DOZO (Cuisine: Japanese-European Fusion)
Dining at Joie (pronounced ‘joy’) by Dozo is a treat with its all-vegetarian Japanese-European fusion food. A private elevator leads you to the rooftop garden of Orchard Central where the restaurant dishes up innovative dishes crafted using the freshest ingredients. The chic contemporary vibe that greets you here sets the tone for the meal. They offer vegetarian set menus, namely the 6 Course Set Lunch (S$38.80++) and the 7 Course Set Dinner (S$68.80++), with innovative dishes such as Gratinated Champignon with Mozzarella (button mushrooms gratin served with Belgian endive) and Grill Summer Mushroom Steak on “Pu-Ye” Hot Stone (grilled monkey head mushroom on lava stone serve with truffle mash potato).
Joei by DOZO: 181 Orchard Road, #12-01 Orchard Central, Singapore 238896. P: 6838 6966
Punjab Grill (Cuisine: North-Indian)
Punjab Grill is where you should go to experience true blue North-Indian food. Corporate Chef Javed Ahamad’s creations are bound to take you on a gastronomic journey. The Mecca of north-Indian dining in Singapore, we indulged in their 5 Course Degustation Menu (S$98++) and can say with confidence that you will be swept off your feet. The Golgappa Platter (whole wheat or semolina shell filled with a spiced, mashed potato stuffing and served with an array of chutneys and flavoured water), Tandoori Brocolli, Gucchi Pulao (rice cooked Indian style with morels) and the Turmeric Kulfi were among the many dishes that wowed us. You’ll definitely be able to get vegan dishes at Punjab Grill, but please do check with them beforehand. Read our complete vegetarian dining review of Punjab Grill here.
Punjab Grill: B1-01A, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, South Podium, 2 Bayfront Avenue. Singapore 018972. P: 66887395
Rang Mahal (Cuisine: Indian)
Helmed by Corporate Chef Milind Sovani, Rang Mahal spectacularly breaks the stereotype of heavy Indian food. Boasting cuisines from the northern, southern and coastal regions of India, the restaurant promises only the finest repertoire of flavours and textures, and ensures you’ll come out starry eyed after a fine meal. Fresh ingredients with Ayurvedic elements make this a place you’ll love to eat at, especially with more than half the menu being vegetarian and lots of vegan choices as well. The Degustation Menu (S$128 or S$178 with wine/cognac pairing) at Rang Mahal is brilliant – delightfully memorable with star dishes like the Kerala Moily Curry and the extremely drool-worthy Two Way Asparagus White & Green Avocado Kebab. Rang Mahal caters to vegans too, please check with them for individual dishes. Complete vegetarian/vegan dining review of Rang Mahal here.
Rang Mahal: Fine Dining Indian Restaurant: 7 Raffles Boulevard, Level 3, Pan Pacific Singapore, Singapore 039595. P: +65 6333 1788
Ristorante Da Valentino (Cuisine: Italian)
We have been going to this endearing Italian restaurant for years and seen it transform from a cosy place on Upper bukit Timah to a 134-seater at The Grand Stand at Turf Club Road. Ristorante Da Valentino has maintained its Italian ambience and the food is as brilliant as always. The bread basket served at the beginning of every meal is very moreish. All of their pastas are fantastic but the Sundried Tomato Pasta takes the cake. They also serve a Vegetarian Set Menu for S$75++ for minimum 2 pax. It consists of dishes such as Burrata Cheese with Italian Datterini Tomato and Vegetarian Steak with Gongorzola Sauce. Freshness of ingredients is really emphasised upon and the it shines through in all the dishes.
Ristorante Da Valentino: 200 Turf Club Road, #01-19, Singapore 287994. P: 6462 0555
Tippling Club (Cuisine: Innovative)
Something that has been on our wishlist for the longest time, and we thought should be on yours too, Tipping Club is an extravagant choice. Be ready to dish out S$255++ (per pax) for the Classic Vegetarian Menu with Pairing or better still, S$405++ for the Vegetarian Gourmand Menu with Pairing. The Veg Classic Menu without Pairing is quite reasonably priced at S$150++, but then what’s the point of going to Tippling Club if you’re not having the tipples. Chef Ryan Clift offers amazing innovative dishes such as KOHLRABI (burrata, bergamot, shio kombu, black radish), FALSE RISOTTO (potato, artichoke, miso & yuzu curd, beurre noisette) and ATRA AERO (sourdough ice cream, crispy horlicks).
Tippling Club: 38 Tanjong Pagar Road Singapore. P: +6564752217