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This post: Go green: 5 must-try vegetarian restaurants
With its constant flow of new restaurant openings and existing eateries introducing scrumptious new dishes, there’s truly no dearth of food options in Singapore. But for vegetarians, their choices are a little more limited. After all, not every restaurant offers a wide variety of meatless dishes beyond the usual salads and soups.
Thankfully, recent years have seen the emergence of more vegetarian-friendly restaurants, some of which even cater to niche diets such as veganism (which abstains from animal-derived products including milk and eggs) and raw veganism, where only raw vegetables, fruits and nuts are consumed. The latter also refrains from anything cooked above 48°C.
In conjunction with the upcoming World Vegetarian Day, which falls on 1 October, 2016, we’ve put together a guide to 5 vegetarian restaurants to visit. Whether you’re a staunch vegetarian or simply curious to try out meatless cuisine, these eateries will leave you feeling full and well-nourished.
If you’re craving something a little fancier than the usual salad bowls, head over to this swanky restaurant at Orchard Central. It serves up a meatless repertoire incorporated with Japanese and European flavours, with mouthwatering dishes such as black truffle risotto, pumpkin ravioli and cheese-stuffed zucchini with truffle mayonnaise. For a heartier meal, Joie also serves six- and seven-course dinner sets.
Joie by Dozo, #12-01, Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, Singapore 238896, +65 6838 6966, www.joierestaurant.com.sg
Located along Peck Seah street, Whole Earth is the only vegetarian restaurant in Singapore with a Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand award. It specialises in Thai-Peranakan food, with offerings such as cabbage rolls, yam ring, sambal kangkong and honey “ribs” made from mushrooms and lotus root. Its clientele includes celebrities the likes of popular American tattoo artist Kat Von D, who was spotted dining there in July.
Whole Earth Vegetarian, 76 Peck Seah St (Tanjong Pagar MRT Exit A), Singapore 079331, +65 6323 3308, www.wholeearth.com.sg
Opened in 1997, this Mediterranean vegetarian eatery in Holland Village serves the likes of falafel salad, pan fried Haloumi cheese, corn fritters and baked portobello mushrooms. It also offers a set lunch menu of dishes such as a tortilla wrap with chickpea and pumpkin, zucchini spaghetti and a vegetable burger.
Original Sin, Blk 43, #01-62 Jalan Merah Saga Holland Village, Chip Bee Gardens, Singapore 278115, +65 6475 5605, originalsin.com.sg
Targeted at vegans, this chain restaurant doesn’t use eggs or dairy products in its food. Its repertoire features a mix of Asian and local delights such as Ngoh Hiang (five-spice rolls), wok-fried kai lan and sweet and sour nuggets made from soy. Other highlights include Western dishes such as pesto, Aglio Olio and burgers, along with fresh juices and smoothies.
Loving Hut, 229 Joo Chiat Road, #01-01, Singapore 427489, +65 6348 6318, www.lovinghut.com.sg
Raw vegans are in for a treat at this restaurant, which boasts an extensive repertoire of appetisers, soups and savoury fare made with au naturel ingredients. Highlights include a carrot burger, clear tom yum broth and crispy raw lasagne comprising zucchini sheets layered with a “cream cheese” made from cashew nut paste. For a sweet ending to the meal, indulge in tempting desserts such as a strawberry key lime “cheesecake” and a raw chocolate and banana tart.
Afterglow by Anglow, 24 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089131, +65 6224 8921, www.afterglow.sg