Looking to go meat-free? Kickstart your plant-based life with our list of vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Singapore!
Going meatless has never looked so good with these vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Singapore, which serve up vegan food, vegetarian buffets, Chinese, Korean and Japanese vegetarian food and much more. Not only will you be spoiled for choice, many of these restaurants also make sure their ingredients are sustainable, and ethical not to mention delicious. Whether you are sticking to vegetables or are open to mock-meat and all the meat-free lab-grown meats, we’ve shortlisted some great plant-based restaurants just for you. Keep scrolling for all the meat-free goodness!
This vegan restaurant in Singapore is all about healthy vegan dishes, with a generous portion of raw dishes on the menu, too. Instead of standard carbs, Afterglow uses more nutritious alternatives. Their Avocado Kimchi Rolls are served with almond sushi “rice” and the Raw Vegan Nut Cheese platter features cultured cashew cheese instead of the dairy version. Afterglow even has a kid-friendly healthy menu consisting of lentil flaxseed nuggets with garlic cheese “aioli” and sweet potato wedges. Raw vegetarian dishes include Raw Pizza and Raw Lasagne while cooked mains include the hearty Quinoa and spinach hash brown burger. Don’t miss desserts like raw chocolate and raw cheesecake.
Afterglow, 24 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089131, Tel: (+65) 6224 8921, www.facebook.com/afterglowsg
One Michelin-starred Alma by Juan Amador isn’t entirely a vegetarian restaurant, but it has a smashing lunch-only, vegetarian dine-in menu you can’t miss. Executive Chef Haikal Johari offers a fresh take on classic dishes, and you can expect Modern European cuisine with Asian accents. It is fine dining perfection, and each dish prettier is than the last.
Alma by Juan Amador, 22 Scotts Road, Goodwood Park Hotel, Singapore 228221, Tel: (+65) 6735 9937, www.alma.sg
Ananda Bhavan is one of the oldest vegetarian restaurants in town, serving traditional Indian vegetarian dishes. There are now multiple branches around Singapore, all dishing out North and South Indian vegetarian meals. Think Biryani Set Meals with vegetable kurma, raita, and vadai, or masala thosai and chaats.
Ananda Bhavan, multiple outlets, www.anandabhavan.com
Annalakshmi is a unique Indian vegetarian buffet offering of all you can eat, for whatever you wish to pay. How novel a concept is that? The vegetarian buffet at lunch might have biriyani, poori, appam, vegetable curry and other North and South Indian homestyle cooked dishes. Annalakshmi also offers special menus for occasions such as Deepavali, Ponggal, Valentine’s Day and more.
Annalakshmi, 104 Amoy Street, Singapore, 069924, www.annalakshmi.com.sg
It’s not often you see a Korean vegetarian restaurant, but that’s exactly what The Boneless Kitchen offers. From vegan Kimchi Mandu, which are dumplings stuffed with more than 15 vegetarian ingredients, to Dolsot Bibimbap, a colourful vegetable filled bowl of rice topped with shredded vegetables, all dishes and sauces are freshly made from scratch. So if you are craving vegetarian Korean fare – hit this spot up!
The Boneless Kitchen, 1 Irving Place #01-31, The [email protected], Singapore 369546, Tel: (+65) 8457 6464, www.thebonelesskitchen.com
This vegetarian restaurant is a welcome addition to the vegetarian scene in Singapore. The focus here is on modern interpretations of meatless dishes, but you won’t find any mock meat on the menu. The outlets have differing menus, but you’ll find delicious fried rice dishes and noodle dishes, vegetarian tempura rolls and even vegetarian desserts.
Elemen, multiple locations, www.elemen.com.sg
Expect North, South Indian and Asian food at this Indian vegetarian restaurant. In addition to vegetarian versions of Indian favourites such as biryani, chilli chicken and dosa, you’ll also find local must-haves such as nasi lemak, ayam penyet and claypot chicken curry (made with vegan chicken). Gokul offers catering services, too, and customers often rave about their vegetarian buffets and a la carte serves.
Gokul Vegetarian Restaurant, multiple locations, www.gokulvegetarianrestaurant.com
Want a burger so bad but you’re going vegetarian? Enter The Goodburger! This food truck (yes an actual food truck in Singapore!) serves delicious plant-based Impossible burgers (that taste like beef) and Tindle burgers (that taste like chicken). Pull up a metal chair in the spot resembling a car park right outside FairPrice supermarket and order fries, burgers galore, onion rings and fried mozzarella sticks. Or grab your burgers to go!
The Goodburger, outside FairPrice Coronation Plaza, www.thegoodburger.sg
Look forward to a large variety of cuisine that’s made from organic, non-GMO ingredients, ranging from Korean cuisine and Western-inspired dishes to Chinese-style dishes, burgers and even kid-friendly bites, all made with plant-based meats such as OmniMeat, Beyond Meat, Moving Mountains and Unlimeat. This vegetarian restaurant also doubles as a grocery concept store that retails vegetarian, vegan, organic and natural food.
Green Common, VivoCity, 1 HarbourFront Walk, #01-169/170, Singapore 098585, Tel: (+65) 6513 5808, www.greencommon.sg
Look out for filling mushroom soup bowls, vegan burgers, local picks such as vegetarian rendang and congee and even a low-calorie menu if you’re watching your diet. This popular vegetarian restaurant also takes a no-waste stance when it comes to takeaways, offering 20 cents off on each individual bento, noodles or set order you purchase. Not sure how many containers to bring? There’s a handy guide on the Green Dot website! Vegetarian food deliveries are also an option when you order online.
Green Dot, multiple locations, www.greendot.sg
Friendly staff that remember your dietary specifications and a mouthwatering menu that has something for every palate are just some of the things patrons say when asked to describe this Japanese vegetarian restaurant. While a tad pricey, the portions are generous and the ambience is relaxing.
Herbivore, 190 Middle Road, Fortune Centre, #01-13/14, Singapore 188979, Tel: (+65) 6333 1612, www.herbivore.sg
Joie (say ‘joy’) offers vegetarian set lunches and dinners – there’s a six and seven-course degustation menu showcasing their Japanese-European dishes. Think Wild Rice with Eggplant Terrine and a grilled Monkey Head Mushroom Steak, served on a hot lava stone.
Joie by Dozo, #12-01 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, Singapore, 238896, www.joierestaurant.com.sg
A popular chain in India with multiple Singapore outposts, Kailash Parbat offers vegetarian North Indian cuisine (like Vegetable Tandoor, Vegetable Biriyani and Pax Bhaji) but is best known for its chaat. There’s a whole menu dedicated to chaat (the Indian savoury street snacks that are often crispy on the outside and filled with various veggie fillings, herbs, sauces and spices). The Chole Battura (chickpea curry) is also excellent.
Kailash Parbat Restaurant, multiple locations, www.kailashparbat.com.sg
Sustainable ingredients shape the modern and ethical menu at this vegetarian Vietnamese restaurant in Killiney, and favourites include The Kind Pho, which blends silky rice noodles with an umami broth, “no chicken” seitan and grilled oyster mushrooms with sprouts, fresh herbs and lime; and the No Crab Noodles, which contains silky tofu, mushrooms and wholegrain vermicelli in a tangy broth. Advise the staff if you don’t consume onions and garlic when ordering.
The Kind Bowl, 71 Killiney Road, Singapore 239527, Tel: +65 6814 0808, www.thekindbowl.com
The Indian vegetarian dishes on offer here are basic, but delicious. There’s a mix of both South and North Indian fare, and the food is served on metal trays. Popular picks include the vegetable biryani set, which comprises vegetable curry, chapati, papadum, saffron rice, daal and raita.
Komala Villas, multiple locations, www.komalavilas.com.sg
LingZhi Vegetarian is owned by the TungLok Group so you know the Chinese food cred is high. Vegetarian Chinese cuisine is on the menu but rather than resorting to mock meats, dishes are made with organic ingredients with plenty of fresh vegetables.
LingZhi Vegetarian, multiple locations, www.lingzhivegetarian.com
Balanced Living Café on Bukit Timah is popular with those serious about eating clean. Their menus offer something for those eating vegan, gluten-free and even raw diets (but they do serve meat, too so you can dine in a group with various requests). This flexitarian cum vegetarian restaurant uses lots of healthy nuts, seeds and grains as well as fresh vegetables (including herbs harvested from their Aerospring Indoor system) to offer a wholesome and nutritious meal. Look out for their crunchy vegan broccoli mushroom pizza with a crust made of herbs, oats and flax seeds, and toppings of pesto and macadamia cheese, sesame tofu burgers, and RAW desserts and bliss balls.
The Living Cafe, 779 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269758, Tel: (+65) 6762 8029, www.thelivingcafe.com
Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant, located at Hotel Marlow, is the place to head for a huge offering of vegetarian dishes with its Chinese vegetarian buffet featuring Japanese vegetarian sushi, Chinese, Malay, Peranakan and other local favourites. This vegetarian restaurant is from Taiwan, so expect best-selling Taiwanese dim sum as well as Local classics reinterpreted meat free here. We hear this spot is a great place to book your yu sheng vegetarian meal too. Look out for vegetarian chicken rice, nasi lemak and mee siam plus stir-fried laksa – all in a vegetarian version using ‘prawns’, mushrooms, tau pok and beansprouts.
Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant, 103 Irrawaddy Road #02-07, Royal Square @ Novena, Singapore 329566, Tel: (+65) 6254 0090 / (+65) 8668 0090, www.lotusvegetarian.sg
Savour homey style vegan cuisine in a mix of western and local fare at this vegetarian restaurant. There are different dishes offered according to the day of the week as well as their usual menu. Dishes might include Nyonya Laksa, Vegan Lasagne, Aglio Olio pasta or a Portobello Burger. There’s also kids menu of pasta.
Loving Hut, 229 Joo Chiat Rd #01-01 Singapore 427489, www.lovinghut.com.sg
The traditional vegetarian Chinese fare and the vegetarian yu sheng here makes Miaoyi Vegetarian Restaurant a popular choice for family reunions. It’s a popular spot year-round too for Chinese vegetarian cuisine and zi char style dishes range like Sweet sour ‘pork’ Coffee Abalone Mushrooms, Mock Curry Fish Head and the exotic-sounding Royal Spicy Monkey Head Mushrooms!
Miaoyi Vegetarian Restaurant, 101 Upper Cross Street, #03-32 People’s Park Centre, Singapore 058357, Tel: (+65) 64671331, www.miaoyi.com.sg
You’ll love the plant-based burgers at this vegan and vegetarian restaurant, which has three outlets around the island – each has a different menu. Handmade buns are paired with vegan burger patties made from mushroom, marinated tempeh, konjac, OmniMeat and more. There are are several types of fries you can have with your burger, or you can order a bunless vegan burger instead. Alternatively, opt for a meat-free pizza or pasta dish or a hearty udon bowl, too.
nomVnom, multiple locations, www.nomvnom.com
This Chip Bee Gardens Mediterranean vegetarian restaurant is a hit with the ladies that lunch. It’s been around for ages and is still going strong thanks to their varied menu and lunch set deals. Original Sin can prepare dishes to be gluten-free, vegan and without onion/garlic for their sizeable Indian clientele so they are used to requests. The a la carte vegetarian menu boasts lots of fresh salads like Kale Salad with sweet potato, feta and lentils and Beetroot Salad with avocado, edamame and yoghurt, Indian style tandoor veg or Bosco Misto, of spinach, feta and tofu patties. Look out for their lunch specials, which includes a choice of main like the meatless Beyond Burger or Veggie Bowl with spiced tofu, cauliflower, spinach quinoa with a choice of drink.
Original Sin, Block 43 Jln Merah Saga, #01-62, Chip Bee Gardens, Singapore 278115, Tel: (+65) 6475 5605, www.originalsin.com.sg
This quirky little vegetarian bistro is located at Bollywood Veggies, an organic farm out in Kranji. Plan your visit ahead so you’ve got time to wander around the farm with the kiddos, take part in some of the activities on offer (calling ahead to make sure you’re expected and get the scoop on what’s on is a good idea). The bistro itself serves up farm-fresh organic produce in its infinite variety, and is more of a ‘whatever the chef feels like cooking on the day’-type deal. Some dishes are spicy, all are finger-licking good!
Poison Ivy Bistro, 100 Neo Tiew Road, Singapore 719026, Tel: (+65) 6898 5001, www.bollywoodveggies.com.sg/poison-ivy-bistro
Real Food is a vegetarian cafe set up by the organic grocery shop Real Food Grocer. There are three branches at South Beach, Oasia Hotel Novena and their flagship the lovely decked out Orchard Central branch with a retail section and comfy seating. Real Food serves vegetarian food with a conscience: no processed ingredients, artificial preservatives or trans-fat. Their burger menu sees Portobello mushroom, Millet and veggie patties and Lentil Quinoa patties instead of meat. There are brunch dishes from Gluten-free Banana Pancakes to gluten-free Soy Yoghurt with Granola, plus vegan cakes, sourdough cinnamon buns, smoothies, organic coffee and other health drinks.
Real Food, multiple locations, www.realfoodgrocer.com
This vegetarian restaurant has plenty of yummy veggie-based dishes to enjoy, but we’re particularly excited about its collaborative menu with UK-based The Vegetarian Butcher at Jurong Bird Park and its new outlet at Gardens by the Bay. The meat-free menu is filled with a range of NoChicken and NoBeef dishes – think Fiery Mala NoMeatball Pasta, NoChicken Schnitzel with Fries, and NoChicken Nuggets for the kiddos – all made with soya beans, lupine beans and vegetables. There are Asian and Western mains to choose from. The Social Kitchen aims to provide steady employment for disadvantaged persons and their caregivers, which makes it an extra cool vegetarian and vegan-friendly dining spot in our eyes.
The Social Kitchen, multiple locations, www.thesocialkitchen.com.sg
Opt for a la carte dining at this vegetarian restaurant, or opt for one of its delish four-, six- or eight-course set menus instead. Highlights here include its Burdock-Maca Stew, 5-Grain Rice with Black Truffle and Mushroom, Star Pizza with Cream Cheese and Wasabi-Tomato Sauce and the Chickpea Rice Burger with Fries.
Sufood, Raffles City Shopping Centre, 252 North Bridge Road, #02-19, Singapore 179103, Tel: (+65) 6333 5338, www.sufood.com.sg
SunnyChoice is a family business run by five sisters, selling organic products with a cafe on the side. Healthy Asian vegetarian dishes are on the menu so this is your spot to try one of our favourite healthy hawker dishes Hakka Thunder Tea Rice with its side of antioxidant-rich matcha soup. There’s mock Ikan billis and lots of vegetables served up with brown rice. Other dishes include Mushroom Tofu Set meal, Pumpkin Fried Brown Rice, Curry and Bibimbap – a traditional Korean rice dish with shredded vegetables served in a steaming stone pot.
SunnyChoice Café, multiple locations, www.sunnychoice.com.sg
There’s a variety of cuisine options to tuck into at this vegetarian restaurant, so whether you’re in the mood for pizza, pasta, fried rice, Schezwan (Indian-Chinese cuisine) dishes or even tacos, you’ll likely find it here. We’re fans of the Mac and Cheese Pizza, the striking green Risotto with Pesto Sauce and the Villa Special Hummus Platter. Sweeten the deal with a range of eggless cakes, ice cream and other vegan-friendly desserts, before ending your meal with a cup of tea – there are 100 different premium teas to choose from!
Tea Villa Cafe, 97 East Coast Road, Singapore 428794, Tel: (+65) 8518 4250, www.facebook.com/teavillacafesingapore
VeganBurg was one of the first 100% plant-based fast food burger joints in Singapore. All of their vegan burger patties are made mainly of soy and mushroom and are GMO free. Watching your carbs? Replace the VeganBurg wholemeal buns with a lettuce wrap and swap out this fries for Broccoli! The avocado-Beetroot Burger is their bestseller and for dessert you can almost guiltlessly indulge in their dairy-free coconut ice cream.
VeganBurg, 44 Jalan Eunos, Singapore 419502, Tel; (+65) 6844 6868, www.veganburg.com
This Michelin Bib Gourmand vegetarian restaurant serves a mix of vegetarian Thai and Peranakan dishes. There’s some mock meat on the menu here like sweet and sour ‘pork’ but other dishes use mushroom or tofu instead of meat. Try the Penang Rendang, which substitutes beef with shiitake mushrooms, and Nonya curry with minced mushroom meatballs and potatoes.
Whole Earth, 76 Peck Seah Street, Singapore 079331, Tel: (+65) 6221 6583, www.wholeearth.com.sg
A pocket-friendly vegan restaurant at Havelock II, the team at Genesis is particular about the ingredients used in each of its flavourful vegan dishes. You won’t find any MSG here, and the levels of sugar, salt and oil used to prepare the menu is controlled. Look out for pasta, noodles and rice dishes alongside savoury starters and a selection of desserts. There’s also freshly baked wholemeal bread for those who need an extra dose of carbs. Genesis can also cater for parties and other events.
Genesis Vegan Restaurant, Havelock II, 2 Havelock Road, #B1-01, Singapore 059763, Tel: +(65) 6438 7118, www.facebook.com/genesisvegan