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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 to take away.

Fabian Loo
Written by
Time Out Singapore editors
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Fabian Loo
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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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  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • City Hall

More than just a cocktail bar, Analogue's plant-based menu extends to its food as well. Meatless plates that come loaded with flavour: jackfruit tacos ($25 for three) hide hearty, meaty rempah-spiced filling between crispy shells; while pumpkin dumplings ($20) are creamy parcels with an almost mochi-like skin. Wash it all down with a drink or two.

  • Restaurants
  • Vegan
  • Raffles Place

Green Common is a one-stop destination for all your plant-based needs; the roomy interior houses a 112-seater eatery, and a retail nook that stocks a wide selection of international meat-free brands. The multi-purpose concept store was first started by the Green Monday Group in Hong Kong, as a way to promote mindful eating. And its opening at VivoCity marks Green Common’s first outlet in Southeast Asia. From the extensive menu, you’ll find a range of meat-alternative being used to create dishes pulled from a variety of cuisine: pizza, noodles, local street food, and more.

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  • Restaurants
  • Vietnamese
  • River Valley

The Kind Bowl serves up belly-warming meals that are friendly on the waist and environment. This plant-based Vietnamese eatery uses sustainable, ethical ingredients to create its menu of pho, banh mi, salads, and more. Try The Kind Pho ($9.80), with comfy broth topped with shredded seitan, grilled oyster mushrooms, sprouts, and herbs; or slurp up the BBQ Delight ($12.80), a tangy, dry noodle variant that is just as hearty.

  • Restaurants
  • Vegan
  • Raffles Place

Who says you have to give up local cuisine once you decide to embrace the vegan lifestyle? A cosy restaurant at Havelock II, Genesis serves up delicious plant-based, dairy-free local fare at affordable prices. The ingredients here are carefully selected for their rich nutrient values while still remaining delicious and flavourful. Try out their famous dumplings with capsicum sauce ($6/6 pieces), made with mock meat, mushrooms and spring onions. There's also the bak kut teh ($8.90) with tofu, mushrooms, mock meat and potatoes. Don't forget to round off your meal with a delicious and creamy tofu cheesecake ($4.50). 

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  • 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. 

  • 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). 

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  • 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).

  • 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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  • Restaurants
  • 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.

  • 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. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Geylang

Burger joints are a dime a dozen in Singapore. But there’s possibly only one which is VeganBurg that, like its name suggests, offers vegan burgers. The fast-food vegan
joint doesn’t let the plant-based ethos limits its range, instead, you’ll be offered a variety of seven burger mainstays, plus other seasonal offerings. Other sidekicks to complement your meal include vegan hot dogs, crispy fries drenched in awesome sauces, and even char-grilled broccoli sticks if you’re laying off on carbs.

  • 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.

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  • 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).

  • 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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  • 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. 

  • 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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  • 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. 

  • 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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  • 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?

  • Restaurants
  • Ice-cream parlours
  • Orchard

A newcomer on the healthy ice cream scene in Singapore, Kind Kones dishes out quite a variety of healthy, vegan and mostly gluten-free sweet treats. All their ice cream and desserts are made from scratch with natural and chemical-free ingredients that are unprocessed. Head for a single scoop of standard ($4.90/scoop) or premium ($6.90/scoop) ice cream; or try desserts like the Brownie Sundae ($11.50).

Picky eaters will be pleased to know that the ice creams do not contain eggs, dairy products, emulsifiers or preservatives and instead, are based on coconut, cashews and/or almonds. Flavours rotate every day but the signature is the Blue Planet, which looks like Earth with green matcha cake bits and a base that is coconut, cashew and almond milk with vanilla and a natural blue pea flower dye. 

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