Top 10 Vegetarian Restaurants in Singapore for a healthy wholesome meal



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.



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Whole Earth, Singapore's first and only Thai-Peranakan Vegetarian restaurant, opened its doors in 2003. This uniquely Southeast Asian restaurant combines the rich flavors of Peranakan (a Chinese/Malay fusion) cuisine with the fresh and flavorful ingredients of Thai cooking. Signature dishes include Assam Pedas (crispy slices of homemade beancurd in a sauce made from tamarind, galangal, chilli and ginger flower); Yam Treasure Ring (a treasure trove of healthy ingredients including yam, lily bulb, capsicum, celery, cashew nuts and king abalone mushrooms); and Nyonya Curry (shiitake mushrooms in a thick piquant curry sauce that takes 8 hours of preparation and slow cooking).


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LivinGreens café offers a variety of innovative vegan dishes of both Western and Asian favorites, ranging from brown rice sets and noodle soups to pastas and salads. LivinGreens mission is to promote nutritious, delicious food created with wholesome ingredients, and as such their food is low in salt and oil, and uses no white refined sugar. Even their cakes are sweetened with molasses and are made without eggs, wheat flour or cow's milk, ensuring they are suitable for vegans. Favorite dishes here include Fried Green Curry Spaghetti, Shepherd's Pie, Lentils Tofu Salad and Veggie Mushroom Penne. LivinGreens is located on Beach Road, just a short walk from the Arab Quarter/Kampong Glam.


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East
Naive


 

Naïve vegetarian restaurant is located in the heart of the city's Peranakan district, Katong. Naïve was founded on a simple philosophy – to serve food that was "natural and simple". The result is a healthy Asian menu featuring purely plant-based ingredients, with no meat, seafood, eggs or MSG, and more surprisingly, no onion or garlic either. All meals at Naïve begin with a Japanese blessing ceremony called "Bloss", where diners are invited to crush sesame seeds in a pestle and mortar for two minutes – these can later be sprinkled on the food to add flavor. Once this is completed, diners can dig into meatless dishes which heavily feature tofu, meaty monkey head and oyster mushrooms and rice. Choose from whimsically named dishes such as "Enchanted Forest" (monkey head mushrooms braised with wolfberry, tang gui (a Chinese herb) and broccoli); "Elephant Toes" (handmade soy bags with water chestnut and tasty bits of ginger sauce; and "Green Earth" (wood ear mushrooms sautéed with asparagus, lotus roots and lily bulbs in a light sauce).


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7 Sensations dishes up holistic and vegetarian cuisine, based on seven culinary influences: Asian Fusion, Singaporean Peranakan, Western, Thai, Japanese, Healthy Beverages and Cakes and Pastries. This international melting pot of cuisines results in a menu featuring as diverse as Black Olive & Tomato Pasta, Tom Yam Fried Rice, Tofu with Black Bean Sauce, Pumpkin Curry and Vegan Pizza. The 'Healthy Beverage' section includes Brown Rice Tea and a range of organic fruit juices, as well as the more sinful espressos and cappuccinos.


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Clarke Quay
Annalakshmi


 

The famed Annalakshmi has made a name for itself for two reasons – firstly its excellent Indian vegetarian cuisine, and secondly they leave the pricing of the food up to the guests, using the motto "Eat what you want, Pay as you feel". Annalakshmi is run by a largely volunteer staff, including its chefs, waiting staff and kitchen hands. A range of Indian vegetarian dishes and snacks are on offer – such as Oothappam (savoury thick rice and lentil pancakes with various toppings), Samosa, Bhaji, Vada (lentil doughnuts with various fillings) and Dosai (savory thin and crispy rice and lentil pancakes with various fillings). A second location can be found at Amoy Street in Chinatown, open Mon-Sat for lunch only.


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Established in 1924, Ananda Bhavan is the oldest Indian vegetarian restaurant in Singapore, and now boasts five locations throughout Singpaore, including Changi Airport Terminal 2. The restaurant serves a selection of North Indian, South Indian and Indian Chinese Cuisine, with favourites such as Chaat, Briyani and Samosa all on the menu. Most people flock here however, for the Thosai - pancakes made from lentil and rice flour and stuffed with various fillings. The original location is on Selegie Road, but the two branches in the heart of Little India, on Buffalo Road and Serangoon Road respectively, are the most popular.


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Komala Vilas is the Indian equivalent of a greasy spoon - a casual diner which has been dishing up cheap and cheerful Southern Indian vegetarian cuisine since 1947. Komala Vilas has the reputation of serving up some of the best Masala Dosai in town, which are best enjoyed washed down with a cup of ginger tea. Also on the menu is a selection of biryanis, thalis and pooris. A second branch on Buffalo Road is equally as popular. The best part is, lunch for two will still give you change from $10.00.


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Beets Modern Vegetarian is located in heart of the Dempsey Road dining enclave. Ironically, Beets was created by the same team who brought us the Carnivore Brazilian Churrascaria. But you won't find any meat on the menu here, but rather a variety of vegan and vegetarian dishes. Open for lunch and dinner daily, Beets serves up a hybrid of local and foreign dishes in a contemporary setting, featuring dishes such as the Seaweed-studded Tofu Burger, Portobello Mushrooms with aubergine caviar and peperonata, and Mushroom-Black Truffle Cheong Fun (steamed rice roll). Healthy sounding drinks such as Sunset Beets (beetroot, orange, apple and carrot) are available, as are more sinful offerings such as martinis and mojitos. Choose form the contemporary indoor space, or alfresco dining on the outdoor timber deck.


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LingZhi Vegetarian is Singapore's leading vegetarian Chinese restaurant, and has been serving innovative Chinese vegetarian gourmet cuisine since 1996. Vegetarians can often be stuck for viable choices in Singapore's regular Chinese restaurants, so will be pleased by the large choice of meatless dishes here. Signature dishes include Crispy Wild Mushrooms with Aeroponic Vegetable Salad; Braised Spinach Soup with Bamboo Fungus; and Sauteed Monkey Head Mushrooms with Chilli. Various set menus are available for groups. A second outlet at Velocity @ Novena Square mall offers lunchtime Mushroom Hotpot Buffets.


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Holland Village
Original Sin


 

Original Sin is Singapore's most renowned vegetarian restaurant, serving up wholesome dishes to the city's vegetarian diners since 1997. The menu is distinctly Mediterranean in its leanings, featuring old favorites such as Moussaka, Risotto, Lasagna and Pizza, in addition to more adventurous offerings such as Spanakopita (baked ricotta, spinach, feta and filo pastry served with grilled Portobello and mixed vegetable ratatouille) and Bosco Misto (spinach, feta and tofu patties coated with crushed almonds and sesame seeds, asparagus and a button mushroom plum sauce). Oenophiles will enjoy the impressive wine list of over 1500 labels, with Original Sin being a perennial winner of the prestigious Wine Spectator Magazine "Best of Award of Excellence". The restaurant is located in residential have Holland Village, just a short taxi ride from Orchard Road.


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