Last Updated on 26/04/2023 by iEat&Eat Team
Plant-based cuisine goes beyond monotonous piles of raw vegetables and leafy greens. In Singapore, kitchens are cooking up nutritious and delicious meat-free meals that cater to dietary limitations or personal preferences for greens and grains.
These spots offer vibrant plant-based dishes bursting with flavour and personality, far from unsatisfying salads or excessive carbs. With a variety of cuisines such as Korean, Peranakan, Japanese, and Italian, vegans and vegetarians have a plethora of options to choose from. It’s time to say goodbye to the unexciting salad routine!
1. Lian Xin Vegetarian Food Court
288 South Bridge Rd, B1 Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, Singapore 058840
The vegetarian food court nestled in the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is a hidden gem that not many know about. With four stalls to choose from, it offers wallet-friendly, nutritious meals. Take your pick from mixed rice, noodles, and desserts.
However, the noodle and dessert stations operate on a fixed menu, with only one dish featured each day. For instance, Tuesdays boast the famous char siew wanton noodles ($5), while Wednesdays feature laksa ($5). Despite limited options, this cosy food court is worth a visit.
Website | 101 Siloso Rd, Level 3, Singapore 098970 | +65 6371 1966
Casserole, the plant-based eatery at Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa, is a sanctuary for vegans and vegetarians, boasting a completely meat-free menu. What sets Casserole apart is its family-style dining concept: their chef specials include a rotating selection of casserole dishes featuring various global cuisines like Asian, Western, and Indian.
Indulge in the Banana Leaf Dry Braised Beef Rendang ($28) or the Middle Eastern Spiced Kebab & Falafel ($24) for a mouth-watering introduction to meat-free cuisine. Casserole also offers organic wines and innovative cocktails, garnished with fresh herbs grown in-house.
Website | 229 Joo Chiat Rd, #01-01, Singapore 427489 | +65 6348 6318
After Loving Hut’s closure in 2022, VeganBliss promptly took over the space. This restaurant takes pride in its delicious vegan renditions of hawker food, featuring dishes that are free of allium. For a quick yet satisfying meal, sample their noodle dishes such as char kway teow ($8.90), Hokkien noodles ($5.90), or satay bee hoon ($7.90).
VeganBliss also offers special dishes like Peking crispy duck (from $24) and buah keluak ($26), a robust Peranakan classic.
4. Create Healthy Lifestyle
Website | 190 Middle Rd, #02-06 Fortune Centre, Singapore 188979 | +65 6336 4355
Transitioning to a vegan or vegetarian diet? Elevate your meals with Create Healthy Lifestyle, a cosy café nestled in Fortune Centre. This eatery avoids using garlic, onions, and eggs and limits mock meat options. Instead, enjoy nourishing dishes that span from wallet-friendly rice meals to noodles, soups, burgers, and sushi rolls. Expect fresh and satisfying meals that cater to your dietary preferences.
5. Love Handle
Website | 8 Ann Siang Hill, Singapore 069788 | +65 8886 7112
A butcher shop without any bloodshed may seem like a rare sight, but Love Handle is here to revolutionize the way we view meat. As Asia’s first plant-based butcher, they offer an array of meat cuts displayed on a glass counter. From smoked brisket slices to raw meatballs, calamari rings, unagi fillets, and even beef wellingtons, Love Handle showcases its products across three sections: raw meats, marinated and prepared meats, and condiments and dairy. Alongside leading industry brands such as Impossible, Tindle, and Growthwell, they also feature their meticulously researched in-house creations.
Website | Maxwell Reserve, Autograph Collection, 2 Cook St, Singapore 078857 | +65 6914 1400
Cultivate is a vegan café located in the Maxwell Reserve Hotel that ticks all the boxes for quality plant-based cuisine. They prioritize using GMO-free and gluten-free ingredients while keeping the menu purely vegan. They strongly believe that “pure food” is essential in cultivating your best self. The café features a picturesque library-themed setting, with shelves of books adding to the ambience.
Only the freshest ingredients are used, with an emphasis on seasonal produce, such as white asparagus, Turkish figs, and Sicilian green olives. The menu offers a variety of vegan options ranging from sandwiches, poke bowls, and salads, to superfood earth bowls. Additionally, they have a grab-and-go counter offering delectable bakes like flaky croissants and an assortment of patisseries.
Website | 30 Victoria St, #01-31 Chijmes, Singapore 187996 | +65 8518 1882
Analogue goes beyond being just a cocktail bar by offering a plant-based food menu that packs a flavorful punch. Their meatless plates are loaded with taste, including jackfruit tacos ($26 for three) filled with a hearty, meaty rempah-spiced filling wrapped in crispy shells. Poutine fries ($20) make for a satisfying sharing plate with mushroom miso and vegan cheese. Sip on a drink or two to complement your meal.
8. Green Common
Website | 1 HarbourFront Walk, #01-169/170 VivoCity, Singapore 098585 | +65 6513 5808
Green Common is the ultimate destination for all your plant-based needs. The spacious interior includes a 112-seater eatery and a retail section offering a broad selection of international meat-free brands. The Green Monday Group started this multi-purpose concept store in Hong Kong to encourage mindful eating. The extensive menu features a range of meat alternatives incorporated into dishes from various cuisines such as pizza, noodles, and local street food.
9. The Kind Bowl
Website | 71 Killiney Rd, Singapore 239527 | +65 9711 7572
The Kind Bowl specializes in wholesome, eco-friendly meals that not only warm your belly but also nourish the environment. This Vietnamese eatery utilizes sustainable and ethical ingredients to craft its menu of pho, banh mi, and salads. Savour their signature dish, The Kind Pho ($11.80), which boasts a comforting broth topped with shredded seitan, grilled oyster mushrooms, sprouts, and herbs. Alternatively, indulge in the BBQ Delight ($13.90), a robust and tangy dry noodle variant that is equally satisfying.
10. Genesis Vegan Restaurant
Website | 2 Havelock Rd, #B1-01 Havelock Ii, Singapore 059763 | +65 6438 7118
Who says you need to sacrifice local cuisine when transitioning to a vegan lifestyle? Genesis, a cosy eatery located in Havelock II, offers delectable plant-based and dairy-free local dishes at reasonable prices. The ingredients are meticulously chosen for their rich nutrient content while still delivering incredible flavour.
Be sure to try their famous dumplings with capsicum sauce ($6.60/6 pieces), which consist of mock meat, mushrooms, and spring onions. The bak kut teh ($11.90) is another must-try dish, made with tofu, mushrooms, mock meat, and potatoes. For dessert, indulge in their scrumptious and velvety tofu cheesecake ($5.90).