Ever wanted to take your vegan or vegetarian friends out to a meal but simply had no idea where to go? Or maybe you embrace a plant-based diet and wish to explore more vegetarian-friendly joints in Singapore? Then this guide will be perfect for you, as we go through eateries that will satisfy vegans, vegetarians, and carnivores alike.
See our round-up of the best spots to eat healthy in Singapore both in the CBD and on the outskirts.
Vegetarian Restaurants in Singapore
Joie by Dozo
Surrounded by Orchard Central’s tranquil rooftop garden, Joie embodies the new-wave plant-based dining trend with its modern meatless dishes imbued with Japanese-Europeans touches. Think Grilled Summer Mushroom Steak on a pu ye hotstone and the Duo Ravioli Platter, which features a coupling of spinach and pumpkin ravioli topped with a flower emulsion and cream sauce. Even if you’re a meat-eater, get ready to have your misconceptions about meatless cuisine completely subverted.
Joie by Dozo is located at 181 Orchard Rd #12-01, p. +65 6838 6966. Open daily 12pm – 3.30pm, 6pm – 10.30pm.
This cosy Keong Saik eatery goes back to the basics with non-processed and eco-friendly ingredients crowd sourced from local farms and food artisans. Embark on your healthy eating journey with plates like Drag-Pom Salad ($16, filled with dragonfruit and pomegranate, of course) and Raw Zucchini Linguine with Walnut ‘Meat’-Balls ($20). On top of this, Afterglow organises a plethora of food workshops that teach you how to make honest clean food that you’ll be proud to share with your family.
Afterglow is located at 24 Keong Saik Rd, p. +65 6224 8921. Open Mon-Tue, Fri-Sat 12pm – 2.30pm, 5.30 – 10.30pm (last order at 9.15pm), Wed-Thu 5.30pm – 10.30pm (last order at 9.15pm).
Despite what its name might suggest, there’s nothing sinful on the menu of this Holland Village gem. Named after the famous fresco in the Sistine Chapel, Original Sin serves up healthy vegetarian dishes with a fresh Mediterranean touch. Most dishes, like the Mezze Platter ($29, falafel balls, tzatziki and pita bread, served with hummus) and Kashmir Pizza ($24, bocconcini, mozzarella, asparagus, tofu with tandoori sauce) can also be prepared prepared vegan or gluten free, so no one’s ever left out!
Original Sin is located at Blk 43 #01-62 Jalan Merah Saga, Singapore 278115, p. +65 6475 5605. Open Mon-Sun 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10.30pm.
Indulge in high quality, vegetarian Korean-inspired cuisine over at The Boneless Kitchen, which is 100% vegetarian to the point that the eatery makes its own gochujang (red chilli paste), thus ensuring that it doesn’t contain any garlic, onion, meat stock, or seafood. Soup lovers can get their fill with the Mushroom Hotpot ($35.90, serves two) and Soybean Paste Hotpot ($35.90, serves two), while others will be charmed the Dolsot Bibimbap ($9.90) and Japchae ($10.90) – sweet potato noodles stir fried with vegetables.
The Boneless Kitchen is located at 1 Irving Place #01-31, The Commerze@Irving, p. +65 8457 6464. Open Tue-Sun, 12pm – 9pm. Closed Mon.
Vegan Restaurants in Singapore
Helmed by two local chefs who share nearly 20 years of experience in some of Singapore’s top restaurants, HRVST serves up guilt-free and healthy food at its best. With vegan food that look like abstract art paintings, it’s difficult not to make your way down even if you’re an obstinate meat eater. Because when you’ve got King Oyster ‘Scallops’ ($12) with spinach puree, toasted hazel nuts, and garlic snow or Soy Satay ($10) with peanut sauce and veggie chips, really, how can you resist? Read our review here.
HRVST is located at Kilter Avenue, #05-01 OUE Downtown Gallery, 6A Shenton Way, Singapore 068815, p. +65 6920 7500. Open Mon-Fri 11am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 11pm, Sat 9.30am – 3pm.
Built on the foundations of sustainable sourcing, nomVnom provides tantalising modern vegetarian ‘fast food’ for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. The eatery’s buns are made from all-natural ingredients while their patties are free of dairy products, MSG, alcohol, onion, and garlic. Try burgers like the spicy Otah Otah ($6.50) that’s filled with a spicy seaweed soya patty, special mayo, and Japanese cucumber, or the Vola Flora ($8.90), a rather Instagram-able option of fresh potato patties, homemade hummus, rocket leaves, and blue pea leaf flowers.
nomVnom is located at 6 Eu Tong Sen St #B1-44, Singapore 059817 & 18 Tai Seng St, #B1-02, Singapore 539775, p. +65 6224 4996 and +65 9752 6125. Open daily 10am – 10pm (Eu Tong Sen), daily 9am – 9pm (Tai Seng).
Whole Earth is the first and only Peranakan-Thai vegetarian restaurant in Singapore, and likewise, it’s the only plant-based restaurant to be award the inaugural Michelin Bib Gourmand award in 2016. Fresh vegetables, legumes, mushrooms, and grains are dished to authentic Peranakan and Thai perfection here, highlights being the Nonya Penang Rendang (a signature dish of shiitake mushrooms marinated with delicate herbs and spices), Golden Oats Tofu (deep fried with fragrant oats, curry leaves, and chilli padi), and Handmade Yam Treasure Ring – a must try for yam lovers!
Whole Earth is located at 76 Peck Seah St, Singapore 079331, p. +65 6221 6583. Open Mon-Sun 11.30am – 3pm, 5.30pm – 10pm.
Can a meatless burger ever be tasty? You’d be surprised. VeganBurg is an import from San Francisco, bringing to Singapore its signature organic buns (including a very soft and fluffy ciabatta) and soy-based patties that are juicier and more succulent than what you’d get at McDonalds. A special burger available only in Singapore is the Char-Grilled Satay ($9.90), loaded with satay sauce, pineapple slices, and onion rings, alongside perennial favourites like the Creamy Shrooms ($8.90) and Hawaiian Teriyaki ($10.90).
VeganBurg is located at 44 Jalan Eunos, Singapore 419502, p. +65 6844 6868. Open daily 11.30am – 10pm.
If you’re someone who’s turned vegan and has been craving cheap Asian food ever since, the Blue Bistro is the place for you. With zero meat, garlic, onion, chives, shallot and leek used, the options here are vast, including vegan renditions of Nasi Lemak ($6, available only on Fridays), Yaki Udon ($5), and Katsu Kare Udon ($5.50), which features a fantastic organic soy tonkatsu. Blue Bistro also serves Udon Soup ($5), which has a fish-free broth that’s made from boiled cabbage, yaba, and tofu. Yum!
Blue Bistro is located at 175 Bencoolen St, #01-49 Burlington Square. Open Mon-Fri 8.30am – 6pm. Closed weekends.
Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants in Singapore
The Living Café
Started by master nutritionist Dana Heather, The Living Café boasts wholesome meals that don’t contain red meat, cow diary, white sugar, preservatives, additives, or artificial colouring. You can’t go wrong with nutritious dishes like the signature Quinoa Veggie Burger ($18), served with a side of sweet potato wedges, and the Grilled Tofu Guacamole Wholewheat Wrap ($15). There are even gluten-free alternatives on the menu, meaning that those with dietary restrictions won’t ever have to compromise on flavour.
The Living Café is located at 779 Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 269758, p. +65 6468 4482. Open Mon-Thu 11am – 7pm, Fri 11am – 10pm, Sat 9am – 10pm, Sun 9am – 8pm.
Nestled away in a corner of Gardens by the Bay, Pollen serves up unique French-Mediterranean cuisine with a focus on quality produce. The freshness of the ingredients are showcased in both its regular and vegetarian menus – we reckon dishes like the wholesome Roasted Potato and Leek Sabayon ($29) with slow-cooked egg and sour dough, or moreish Pea Risotto ($39) with mint and ricotta will be hits, as you take in breathtaking views of the Marina Bay skyline.
Pollen is located at the Flower Dome, Garden by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, p. +65 6604 9988. Open Wed-Mon 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm. Closed Tue.
Moosehead Kitchen-Bar is the place for anyone seeking an individualistic global cuisine closely linked with today’s alternative culture, and that includes a great deal of vegetarian-friendly plates. From the Burrata ($21) with zucchini, Thai basil pesto and curry leaves to the Pumpkin Ravioli ($18) with greek yoghurt and burnt butter, look forward to power-packed meat-free dishes that are elevated with the restaurant’s blazing Inka oven. Read our review here.
Moosehead Kitchen & Bar is located at 110 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068579, p. +65 6636 8055. Opens Mon-Fri 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10.30pm; Sat 6pm – 10.30pm. Closed Sun.
Hilton Singapore’s new Verde Kitchen is set to keep the healthy food trend strong with its brand of gluten-free, vegetarian, and raw food options. 98% of its menu items are made from scratch with locally sourced ingredients, including greens from the hotel’s own garden – so you know everything is as fresh as it gets. Don’t eat meat? Creations like the Melted Scamorza & Aubergine Sandwich ($26) and Super Food Grilled Halloumi ($26) are bound to impress.
Verde Kitchen is located at L2 Hilton Singapore, 581 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238883, p. +65 6730 3397. Open Mon-Sat 10.3am – 5.30pm (only desserts and beverages served from 2.30pm onwards.) Closed Sun.
While well known for their sumptuous oysters and refreshing cocktails, did you know that Humpback also has a plethora of vegetarian dishes? Humpback’s entire ‘Garden’ section of the menu is vegetarian, so vegetarians can happily and comfortably tuck into plates like Kale with Buttermilk, Pear, Kale Chips and Pecan Nuts ($15) and Burrata with Salsa Verde, Picual, and Sourdough ($16) while sipping on some tasty tipples. Read our review here.
Humpback is located at 20 Bukit Pasoh Rd, p. +65 9772 9896. Open Mon-Fri 5pm – 12am, Sat 5pm – 11pm, Sun 11am – 3pm.
The Bees’ Knees @ The Garage
Love modern cafe fare? Check. Love being surrounded by lush greenery? Check. Then The Bees’ Knees’ @ The Garage will prove to be your eden. Vegetarians can look forward to the refreshing Veggie Goat Salad ($16), a nutritious medley of quinoa, caramelised goat’s cheese, roasted pumpkin, watercress, and seasonal fig, as well as the heavenly Shrooms Pizza ($25) that’s topped with sautéed mushrooms, confit onion, arugula, and truffle bechamel. For dessert? The aromatic Pandan Pancakes ($14) with vanilla ice cream, gula melaka, and lime has you covered. Read our review here.
The Bee’s Knees is located at 50 Cluny Park Rd, Singapore 257488, p. +65 9831 1106. Open Mon-Sun 8am – 10pm.
Top Image: Afterglow