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The Living Cafe
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The best vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Singapore

Going meat-free has never been this easy. Here are some of the best plant-based meals available on our island.

By Time Out Singapore editors
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There's more to vegan and vegetarian grub than a boring uninspiring mountain of leafy greens and raw vegetables. Whether you have dietary restrictions or just prefer to eat more greens and grains, these restaurant kitchens in Singapore are churning out wholesome meals that are completely meat-free without compromising on taste. Far from sad salads and countless carbs, these spots in town pack flavour and character into plant-based dishes. With cuisines ranging from Korean and Peranakan to Japanese and Italian, vegans and vegetarians have tons to choose from. Time to ditch the bland salad life!

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8ASH
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8ASH

Restaurants Chinatown

As part of the Ebb and Flow Group’s multi-concept space, 8ASH, you’ll find Love Handle Burgers, which puts a meat-free spin on classic fast-food options. Apart from the usual cheeseburger ($12.50) and patties topped with mushroom and cheese ($17), the joint also puts a plant-based on the night market classic: Ramly burger ($15). Here, the sloppy mess comes loaded with gooey vegan cheese, eggless frittata, and sauces of garlic aioli and barbecue. Even the sides come jazzed up with greens, including the addictive tempura broccolini ($7.50) and cream spinach-loaded fries ($9). 

Porcelain Cafe by Gratefood Co
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Porcelain Cafe by Gratefood Co

Restaurants Cafés Orchard

For an easy way to consume your greens, head to Porcelain Cafe by Gratefood Co. This plant-based café turns dragonfruit, banana, and other healthy ingredients, and turns them into gorgeous smoothie art bowls that are easy on the eyes, and waistline. Some highlights: Unicorn Dreams ($24) where orange acerola sorbet comes swirled with pink pitaya-tinged coconut yoghurt, and Starry Galaxy ($24) with an iridescent base to reflect the mysterious night sky. Regular coconut yoghurt (from $9.90) and acai bowls (from $11.90) are available as well, alongside vegan bakes and coffee brewed with oat milk (from $4.50).

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The Vegetarian Butcher
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The Vegetarian Butcher

Restaurants Vegetarian Boon Lay

A plant-based butcher might sound like an oxymoron, but it’s in fact the latest concept by Unilever Food Solutions. The Holland-based meat substitute brand makes its debut at The Social Kitchen, and those who find it hard to give up their meat can sample The Vegetarian Butcher’s wide range of meatless substitutes, made using soy, lupine, and vegetables. Highlights on the menu include NoChicken Nuggets and Waffles ($8), Fiery Mala NoMeatball Pasta ($13), NoBeef Rendang Shepard’s Pie ($12), and more. 

The Living Cafe
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The Living Café

Restaurants Vegetarian Bukit Timah

While this isn't a strict vegan establishment (the place serves 'white meat' like fish), the menu is largely made up of vegetable-forward dishes. You’ll be amazed by how extensive the choices are, proving that eating clean doesn’t need to be limiting. There are raw food entrées like zucchini pesto pasta ($14) and taco boats ($16) packed with guacamole, mango salsa and ‘meatballs’. You can even chow down on burgers and wholemeal pizza without the guilt – or hunger – pangs after. And don’t forget to pop by the retail space on the second floor to stock up on more healthy eating essentials. 

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Whole Earth
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Whole Earth

Restaurants Vegetarian Tanjong Pagar

This Michelin Bib Gourmand winner on Peck Seah Street serves up a curious mix of Thai and Peranakan vegetarian dishes. Its recently refreshed interiors sport emerald green walls, more seats and a better ventilation system – all for your dining pleasure, of course. Order a bunch of dishes to share – but be sure not to miss the Nonya curry ($21). The hearty Peranakan style curry is served with minced mushrooms that resemble meatballs and potatoes. Other vegetarian takes on zi char staples include sweet and sour ‘pork’ and crispy handmade yam rings stuffed with capsicum, celery, cashew nuts and king abalone mushrooms.

Vege Pot
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Vege Pot

Restaurants Rochor

This small vegetarian restaurant, hidden on the second floor of Fortune Centre, has long been a favourite among many for its home-cooked, plant-based dishes. From its eclectic menu, you’ll find dishes that range from bibimbap (from $7.90) made with homemade kimchi, to rice served with a sesame-ginger soup and monkey head mushrooms (from $7.90). And with creations like handmade ‘unagi’ ($6.90), vegan oyster omelette ($6.90), and claypot ‘salted fish’ rice (from $7.90), you’ll hardly notice the absence of meat. 

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Elemen
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Elemen

Restaurants Vegetarian Chinatown

With three outlets under its belt, Elemen looks to the culinary realms of East and West to breathe new life into boring vegetarian dishes. Devoid of mock meat, the restaurant’s intercontinental menu offers people-pleasers of pizzas and pastas, but we urge you to give the Asian delights such as shitake mushroom-stuffed purple rice rolls ($15.80), blue flower tofu with black truffle wild rice ($15.80), and double-boiled Maca soup ($8.80) a try. Stay for dessert – Elemen offers the likes of chilled purple rice porridge with coconut ice cream ($6.80) and double-boiled lemongrass with peach gum ($6.80).

Ananda Bhavan
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Ananda Bhavan

Restaurants Indian Rochor

The history of one of the city’s oldest restaurants stretches back to 1924, when a Brahmin family opened up a joint along Selegie Road serving traditional Indian vegetarian dishes. That original branch is still dishing out all manner of flatbread and curries, but now it has four sister outlets, thanks to the late MK Ramachandra. The second-generation owner – and well-documented cat lover – is responsible for transforming his dad’s restaurant into the chain it is today.  On the food front, the prata ($4.50/ two) is a safe bet, but our pick goes to the onion rava masala thosai ($5): potato curry wrapped in a crispy shell of the fermented pancake that’s studded with onions. 

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soul alife
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Soul ALife

Restaurants Vegetarian Tampines

Right in the industrial estate of Changi, you can find this eatery that serves all things plant-based on the menu. Enjoy a tofu scramble on toast ($8.90) for brunch or something more substantial like a Buddha Bowl ($9.90) which comes with all the good stuff like quinoa, roasted veggies, cherry tomatoes, tofu and more. For a sweet treat, check out its selection of acai bowls (from $7.90) and juices it has in-store. 

Frunatic
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Frunatic

Restaurants Vegetarian Orchard

This 30-seater fine-dining restaurant focuses on natural therapeutic meals (from $888) based on individuals' dietary and wellness needs. You'll first have to go through a consultaion with a team of professional dieticians and nutritionists, after which the team tailors a meal plan that suits your health condition: think alkaline ionised water, cold pressed juices and enzyme water, dehyrated nuts and the like. 

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Kailash Parbat Restaurant
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Kailash Parbat Restaurant

Restaurants Indian Rochor

At Kailash Parbat Restaurant, its interiors are as busy and chaotic as its menus. But don't be overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices, here's how to narrow it down. Among its signature dishes, the chole bhatura ($11) is a hands-down favourite while the restaurant's chickpea curry served with puri is spicy yet sinfully good. Other favourites include the Punjabi Samosa ($7) which is stuffed with potatoes, chickpeas, chopped onions and coriander. 

Real Food
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Real Food

Restaurants Vegan Orchard

All of its outlets boast zen-like interiors and a menu of Asian and Western dishes that are all vegetarian, mostly vegan and some even gluten-free. Ingredients are sustainably sourced and largely organic. Even its choice of beverages offer plant-based ingredients, like the Ginger Beetroot Kefir ($6) and dairy-free drinks like a Vanilla Quinoa Milk ($6.80).

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komala vilas
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Komala Vilas

Restaurants Indian Rochor

Franchise or not, we like the basic-but-effective Komala Villas, which has been open since 1947 and has branches on Race Course, Buffalo and Serangoon Roads. The food comes in hearty sets on metal trays – go for the whopping vegetable biryani set ($7), which comes with chapati, papadum, saffron rice, veggie curry, daal, raita and a whole range of pickles and sauces. If you're there for breakfast, then the masala dosa is a must-have – a long crispy thin crepe stuffed with potatoes and onions and comes with an assortment of sauces. Who needs meat?

Loving Hut
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Loving Hut

Restaurants Vegetarian Geylang

This Joo Chiat café does vegan versions of popular local dishes. The Nyonya mee siam and nine-spiced mee soto ($6.90 each) are made with vegan rempah, vegetables and real-looking mock meats with spot-on flavours. The nasi campur ($12.90) is a good-enough-to share plate of unpolished rice served with greens, acar, tofu scramble and a mock meat rendang.

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Afterglow by Anglow
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Afterglow by Anglow

Restaurants European Chinatown

Hip, cool and raw – that's what this eatery at Keong Saik Road is all about. Its evolving menu of vegetarian, mostly-raw, plant-based food is clever and creative. We recommend the Cuban Burger ($20), a black bean patty slathered with salsa and guacamole in a brown rice bun, and for dessert go for its raw cheesecake ($15) that serves cashew cream on cashew crust. The dishes don’t attempt to mimic the ‘real thing’, and are delicious for its wholesome, earthy flavours.

The Boneless Kitchen
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The Boneless Kitchen

Restaurants Toa Payoh

If you cannot think of Korean fare without barbecued meats and fried chicken, a visit to this meatless Korean restaurant will change your mind. Here, sauces and bases like kimchi and gochuchang are made from scratch and ingredients are flown in from Korea to keep flavours authentic. Its dolsot bibimbap ($9.90) tastes decidedly healthier as it's packed with raw veggies and the jajangmyeon ($10.90) is still umami-laden even though it's meatless. Note that the restaurant uses eggs and dairy in its dishes.

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Original Sin
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Original Sin

Restaurants Vegetarian Bukit Timah

Established over a decade ago, this veggie restaurant has been serving upscale, vegetarian Middle Eastern fare ever since. It whips up ample share plates like the Mezze Platter ($29) with hummus, pumpkin and carrot dip, baba ganoush, tzatziki, falafel and ciabatta bread.

Joie Restaurant
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Joie Restaurant by DOZO

Restaurants Fusion Orchard

At Joie (pronounced ‘joy’) meatless dining is the mantra. Six and seven-course degustation menus present Japanese-European dishes that feature vegetables, fruit and herbs. Think: a Wild Rice with Eggplant Terrine and a grilled Monkey Head Mushroom Steak, served on a hot lava stone. Prices are very accessible, at $38.80 per person onwards.

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Green Dot
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Green Dot

Restaurants Jurong East

With its numerous outlets islandwide, you are never too far from a quick and convenient vegetarian meal. It’s Asian fusion food and the core ingredients include soybeans, konnyaku, mushrooms and vegetables. The clever ways in which it imparts ‘meaty’ flavours are by using gong bao mushrooms to replicate beef in rendang, and mock prawns and fish balls are made from konnyaku jelly. The food here is also onion and garlic free and there are vegan options too.

Sufood
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Sufood

Restaurants Vegetarian City Hall

Nutrient-dense whole foods served in creative ways are what you can expect at this Taiwanese chain’s Singapore outpost. Sufood’s menu is peppered with fruit and vegetable salads, hearty soups and Italian-inspired mains with Asian touches. There's its Star Pizza ($17.80), which has both cream cheese and wasabi tomato sauce. The five-grain rice with mushrooms and black truffle ($19.80) with its nutty flavours and heady truffle aroma, is highly recommended.

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