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Best Places for Vegetarian in Singapore 2017

Best Places for Vegetarian in Singapore 2017

Keep this guide in your back pocket if you're a vegetarian, and if you're not, for times when you're dining with a vegetarian, or when you simply feel like going meat-free — it's great for the environment AND your tummy! We've put together the best spots in Singapore to inspire you to get your green on, from well-loved vegan burgers to super affordable vegetarian hawker fare and hearty Korean plates. We've even scoured the island for vegan treats, including dairy-free ice cream and scrumptious vegan cakes!
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This light-filled restaurant located at Orchard Central's rooftop garden continually rakes in the crowds with its beautifully presented vegetarian plates — they might even have converted a few stubborn meat eaters! The elegant and tasteful decor is a bonus, making it an ideal location to wine and dine a date or business associate. Burpplers even voted this as the top "fancy" vegetarian spot in our recent survey! Joie offers a six-course lunch ($38.80) and seven-course dinner ($68.80) that showcase both the natural flavours of fruit, vegetables and herbs, as well as the kitchen team's creativity. Expect the likes of gratinated champignon mushrooms with mozzarella and a stunning zucchini 'tower' filled with creme cheese and truffle mayo, along with the Burpple community's top picks — silky pumpkin and spinach ravioli in a light cream sauce, as well the vegetable sashimi (you have to taste this to believe it!).
Avg Price: $50 per person
Photo by Burppler Elle Night

A stalwart in the world of healthy eating, Real Food is wholly committed to bringing honest to goodness vegetarian food to the public. It must be on the right track, judging by the constant crowds as well as the restaurant's steady expansion, including to Malaysia. The Orchard Central outlet is one of our favourites, both for convenience as well as the spacious grounds. The food menu has changed little over the years, and includes many options for diners with soy, wheat and gluten restrictions. Most importantly, the food tastes great and prices are fair! Featuring a spice-filled broth made using soymilk, the Curry Soup Noodles ($12.80) are tasty and easy on the waistline. Other classics include the Organic Mushroom Aglio Olio ($10.80), the zingy Fruit Rojak ($7.50) and the hearty vegetable-filled dumplings, which you can enjoy in the Dumpling Soup ($9.50), in the Dumpling Noodles Dry ($10.80) or Fried ($9.80). If pizzas are on the menu, order without hesitation. The housemade pizza base uses wild yeast, and the Mushroom Pizza ($16) is our top pick for its cheesy, garlicky and umami flavours. On your way out, pop by their grocer's corner to stock your pantry with healthy bites ranging from fresh produce to organic snacks.
Avg Price: $25 per person
Photo by Burppler Annabel Huang

If you've eschewed going green because of the notorious prices tagged to healthy eating, then a visit to this popular Bukit Batok hawker stall may well change your mind. With prices averaging at a very pocket-friendly $4, Jing Yi Vegetarian makes going meatless affordable and more importantly, tasty. Burpple Tastemaker Wei Zhi Chiang highly recommends the Fried Dried Hor Fun ($4). The deceptively simple looking dish, which comes with just vegetables and a few slices of mock fishcake and mock meat, won her over with its smoky wok hei. The hor fun comes with eggs, so heed her advice to let the chef know if you'd like to go without. Other tasty eats include the Tom Yum Mee Soup ($5) with its punchy, tangy broth, the wet Hor Fun ($4) and the Deep Fried Mushroom in Sweet and Sour Sauce ($7). The latter sees a plateful of crunchy deep-fried oyster mushrooms, slicked in a coating of sticky sweet and sour sauce — wonderfully addictive and great to share. Pro tip: According to Wei Zhi, a 30-minute waiting time is common, especially on the first and 15th day of the lunar calendar.
Avg Price: $5 per person
Photo by Burpple Tastemaker Wei Zhi Chiang

If ice cream has long been relegated to your list of sinful indulgences, think again. At this Katong joint, the dairy-free Ice Cream (from $3.50 a scoop) is made using a base of organic brown rice milk and organic evaporated cane juice, contains less than three percent fat, and averages between 80 to 140 calories a scoop — how's that for your waistline? Also, while it is texturally lighter on the palate, the ice creams here certainly don't lack in flavour. The Burpple community loves the smooth texture, as well as how refreshing the ice cream here is. The fruit flavours, which are very sorbet-like, are perfect for hot days, while creamier favourites include the peanut butter and chocolate, black sesame and mint mint mia (peppermint chocolate). For a real treat, go for the Waffle-licious Ice Cream ($8 with a scoop of ice cream) or the Brownice Ice Cream ($8), which sees a scoop of ice cream served atop a warm and fudgy vegan brownie square. If you're hankering after something more substantial, they also serve up a pretty extensive menu of vegan pastas and pizzas. The Lasagna ($17) is a winning combination of diced eggplant, tomato ragu and a special tofu crumble.
Avg Price: $20 per person
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It may be hard to imagine meat-centric Korean fare prepared vegetarian style, but if there's one place that can do it right, it's The Boneless Kitchen. The homey, laidback establishment in Tai Seng serves up all the Korean classics you can possibly think of, from Jajangmyeon ($10.90) to Bibimbap ($9.90) and Kimchi Jjigae (kimchi stew, $9.90). As the Burpple community will have you know, the dishes here are all really flavourful, so much so you wouldn't miss the meat. When dining in a group, consider sharing the Army Stew Jeongol ($35.90), a hotpot laden with ingredients including vegetarian sausage and luncheon 'meat'. It's very filling and good for three to four. Order the Japchae (stir-fried sweet potato noodles, $10.90) to share, or go for their much raved about Jajangmyeon (noodles tossed in black soybean paste, $10.90), which is wonderfully saucy and not too salty. Our only gripe is that the side dishes are not free-flow, but that is a small blip on an otherwise hearty meal.
Avg Price: $15 per person
Photo by Burppler Raine Liu

This Bukit Timah cafe is well-known for its raw food selection, but what we like about it is that it also offers a good array of cooked healthy fare along with some meaty mains — great for gathering with both health nuts and those who can't live without meat. Get the Veggie Rainbow Nori Rolls ($12) to share while you peruse the rather extensive menu. Packed with all sorts of veggies including avocado, beetroot and cabbage, these are good for you yet, as Burppler Cheryl Wee puts it, "not too much like eating grass". On mains, the raw Zucchini Pesto Pasta ($15.50) is one of their signatures and a dish that's full on flavour yet easy on the tummy, thanks to the light zucchini "noodles". The Wild Barramundi Brown Rice Bowl ($17) on the other hand is a non-vegetarian standout that features a piece of perfectly-cooked fish. The Chocolate Monkey smoothie ($9) blending cashew milk, banana, Medjool dates and organic raw cacao powder is delightful to sip on, or crack open a bottle of their Organic Wine (from $70 a bottle).
Avg Price: $25 per person
Photo by Burppler Cheryl Wee

For a healthy and satisfying lunch, head to this stall at Bukit Timah Market and Food Centre for a bowl of hearty vegetarian Thunder Tea Rice (from $4). We hear the friendly owner's a karaoke fan who's not at all shy about breaking out into a tune! While dried shrimp and ikan bilis are obviously absent, the dish more than makes up for the flavour thanks to the medley of toppings — chopped greens, peanuts, preserved radish (chye poh) and peanuts. The accompanying basil and mint soup is also spot-on in terms of flavour, and we appreciate the tiny details, such as the optional green chilli sauce made with apple cider for those who like their food with a bit more kick. Pro tip: Take Burpple Tastemaker Fabian Poon's advice to go easy on the rice, as the addition of red beans in the mix will fill you up.
Avg Price: $5 per person
Photo by Burppler Hengpei Ang

Unlike what its name suggests, this cosy vegan shop along South Bridge Road serves more than just salads. Signature salad bowls like their Well Dressed Green Goddess ($9.50) are great if you want to load up on fresh veggies, but the menu also includes heartier choices like sandwiches and wraps (from $6.50). What the Burpple community often heads here for however are the vegan cakes, served by the slice. Made without eggs and dairy, these cakes are usually on the denser side, and are not too sweet. Choice bakes include the delicate French Rose Vanilla Cake ($4) and the earthy Green Tea Matcha Cake ($3.50). One of their coveted slices has to be the Matcha Gao Gao Cake ($7.50), which really packs in the green tea flavour. Burppler Natalie Wong describes it to as "a huge slice of vegan matcha flavoured cake sandwiched and adorned with matcha cream", topped off with fudgy matcha white chocolate brownie crumbles. It's a special bake that's not always on the menu. They usually post an announcement on their Instagram page (@welldressedsaladbarsg) when it's available, so stalk them if you must.
Avg Price: $15 per person
Photo by Burppler Natalie Wong

Get hawker food cravings bad on Meatless Mondays? Pop right over to this Joo Chiat Road cafe, which really impresses with its vegetarian spin on popular local dishes — think Vegan O-Luak ($12.90) and Vegan Kway Chap ($9.90), available respectively on Tuesdays and Fridays. Their rice plates are equally local, with options like Banana Leaf Nasi Campur ($12.90), Three Cup Chickin Rice Set ($10.90) and a smoky Kampung Fried Rice Set ($10.90) that even comes with a few sticks of soft and moist vegan satay. What Burpple Tastemaker Jason Wong really enjoyed is the Nyonya Laksa Lemak ($9.90). "The broth is rich and creamy with unabashedly bold flavours of coconut and spices, chock-full of mock prawn, fishcake and tofu cakes," he describes. He even declares that it'll give nearby Katong Laksa a good run for its money! Loving Hut's extensive menu includes Western plates like pastas and burgers too, but it's the local flavours we'll be visiting for.
Avg Price: $15 per person
Photo by Burpple Tastemaker Jason Wong

Tucked within newish shopping mall NEWest in West Coast, this cosy, wood-accented cafe offers a menu packed with nutritious and flavourful dishes, and the warm ambience makes it ideal for an intimate dinner catch-up. One of the co-owners is a trained health coach, so we know our nutrition is in good hands. While the focus is not solely on vegetarian dishes (non-vegetarians must try their super flavourful Nonya-inspired Assam Fish Rice Bowl, $17.90), there are tons of meat-free options like the Norway-Inspired Open Sandwich ($12.90), which sees wholegrain toast topped with vegan patties (made from sweet potato, lentils and almonds), portobello mushrooms, house made chimichurri dressing and cashew mayonnaise. They are able to customise and prepare vegan or vegetarian versions of many other items on their menu — points for flexibility! For sweets, try CoCo Madness ($8.90), which sees a slice of moist gluten-free Coconut Almond Cake ($6.90) served with vegan whipped coconut Valrhona chocolate cream and vegan maple coconut mousse, all made in-house!
Avg Price: $20 per person
Photo by Burppler My Food Story

This cosy 40-seater cafe in Telok Ayer is perfect for #eatclean lunches. Owned and run by health coach Elika Mather, the cafe menu features made-from-scratch items that are free from hidden sugars, preservatives or chemicals. There are also plenty of vegan and non-vegetarian dishes, with options catering to diners with gluten, dairy and nut restrictions. Swing by for their filling and hearty Vegan Sweet Potato & Chickpea Buddha Bowl ($19) on Meatless Mondays. The gluten-free, quinoa-based dish comes with a little of everything including fresh rocket, spiced chickpeas and beetroot hummus. Alternatively, up your protein intake with their Chicken Protein Buddha Bowl ($19) that comes topped with tender hormone-free chicken, and then sip on an anti-inflammatory Turmeric Latte ($6) for dessert. Pro tip: Indulge in chit chat with the passionate servers — many of them have an inspiring story or two to share.
Avg Price: $20 per person
Photo by Burppler Gwendolyn 000

Started by the same guys behind Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant in Balestier's Quality Hotel Marlow, this restaurant in ChinaTown Point is smart casual concept that's great for family dining. Expect Chinese restaurant staples like dim sum, noodles and hot stir-fries, albeit all vegetarian. The combination of quality ingredients and familiar flavours has struck a chord in many Burpplers' hearts. Dishes that have our community's stamp of approval include the Braised Mushroom in Hot Stone Pot ($18.80), which sees lion's mane mushrooms slicked in a basil-scented sauce, the Signature Stir Fried Laksa ($9.80), a wok-hei laden XO Seafood Fried Rice ($12.80) and Spicy Grilled Cod ($18.80), which sees mock fish slathered with spicy chilli paste. They even do great Cantonese double-boiled soups! Try Burppler jankliciouz's recommended Signature Double-Boiled Herbal Tian Ma Soup ($8.80), brewed using over 10 herbs and premium pearl mushrooms until flavourful and nourishing.
Avg Price: $20 per person
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