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Vegetarian dining in Southeast Asia can be often be challenging, particularly with the notoriously carnivorous Chinese population being so predominant. Singapore does, however, benefit from a large Indian population also, and so finding a satisfying vegetarian meal in Singapore is not as difficult as it may be in neighboring countries.
It is no surprise therefore that a large proportion of vegetarian restaurants in Singapore tend to be clustered around Little India, such as two establishments on our list – Komala Vilas and Ananda Bhavan. Both of these cheap and cheerful diners will provide a satisfying Indian vegetarian meal, and will leave you with plenty of pocket change left over. The other Indian entry on our list, Annalakshmi, is a real institution in Singapore, famed for its tasty Indian cuisine and unusual policy: “Eat what you want, Pay what you feel.”
Away from Indian cuisine, there are plenty of wholesome vegetarian choices. Number one or our list goes to Singapore’s most renowned vegetarian restaurant, Original Sin, which has been serving up excellent Mediterranean cuisine since 1997 and boasts an award-winning wine list of more than 1500 labels. Relative newcomer Beets Modern Vegetarian restaurant in the Dempsey Road dining enclave is fast making a name for itself too.
Ling Zhi stands out in a city full of excellent Chinese restaurants as being the only vegetarian fine-dining Chinese restaurant in Singapore, while Naïve in the Katong district features an more eclectic Asian menu, and Whole Earth focusing on Thai and Peranakan for a distinctly Southeast Asian appeal.