It’s the way of eating that’s sweeping across Asia. Read on for Hive Live’s top picks for Singapore’s best vegan and vegetarian spots.
Whether it’s a choice made on account of health, environmental consciousness or religion, there is no doubt that more and more people are choosing to turn vegan or vegetarian. And, in Singapore, there are places aplenty to head out if you’re looking for a guilt-free meal in every sense. From burger joints to fancy fine dining restaurants, read on for our list of the city’s best vegetarian and vegan spots.
Winning Best Vegan Restaurant at the VegfestUK Awards 2015, Loving Hut dishes up the vegan take on local delights and Western comfort classics in 45 countries around the world. At this bright and cheery cafe in Singapore, their generously-portioned servings take in crowd-pleasers such as banana leaf nasi campur and golden-brown crusted almond crumb fillets – no wonder it’s a firm, local favourite.
Insider’s Tip: The Vegan Laksa Lemak is probably the most popular order at Loving Hut, and rightly so. The creamy broth featuring soy milk and coconut alone is enough to get you going.
Address: 229 Joo Chiat Road, # 01-01, Singapore 427489, Singapore
Open From: Mon-Fri: 11:30am-3pm; 6pm-9:30pm, Sat-Sun & Public Holidays: 11:30am-9:30pm (last order 30 mins before closing time); Closed on Tuesdays (Closed on following Wednesday if Public Holiday lands on a Tuesday)
Situated in Singapore’s famously energetic Clarke Quay Central, NomVnom’s 100% vegan menu redefines what it means to have a burger. Their handmade, wholesome toasted buns are accompanied by in-house, luscious, soy, potato and mixed vegetable patties. From your classic golden-brown, bread-crusted potato croquette with creamy spicy mayo to a one-of-a-kind, deconstructed Bonsai ‘burger’ with a crunchy soy patty, tangy tartar sauce and plenty of fresh veggies, finished off with a beautiful purple flower sitting atop the glorious food mountain, customers get to choose from 22 uniquely different burger options. What’s more, this venue is completely dairy, egg, onion, garlic and alcohol-free.
Insider’s Tip: Their innovative plant-based menu also covers delicious pasta dishes and all kinds of fries and desserts.
Address: 6 Eu Tong Sen St, #03-105, Clarke Quay Central, Singapore 059817 (visit their website for information about their Tai Seng location)
Open From: Mon-Sun: 11am-10pm (last order 9:30pm)
Afterglow by Anglow is a conveniently located cafe in the vibrant neighbourhood of Chinatown. Featuring a delightful mix of raw and cooked dishes, only fresh, local ingredients sourced from small farmers are included on their highly buzzed menu. With helpful and straightforward icons beside each menu item indicating the inclusion of possible allergens as well as keto-friendly dishes, everything except their breads and flatbreads are free from gluten, dairy, eggs, refined sugar and artificial sweeteners. From their signature Afterglow Kimchi Avo Rolls to their epic veggie patty Smoked Stack Burger, dishes here are guaranteed to inspire your ‘happy and satisfied’ food dance.
Insider’s Tip: Fans of sweet, indulgent desserts should try their raw Chocolate Salted ‘Caramel’ Fudge with thick ‘avocacao’ mousse, salted tahini ‘caramel’ and walnut bits.
Address: 24 Keong Saik Rd., Singapore 089131
Open From: Mon-Sat: 12pm-10pm (last order 9:15pm)
100% plant-based and cruelty-free, Smoocht is famous for its handcrafted, artisanally iconic ice-creams. Made with organic crystal brown rice, organic evaporated sugar cane juice, real fruit and/or pure nut butter, these quirkily-named, creamy delights include richly indulgent “Chocolate French Kiss,” aromatic “Hi Hazel, I’m Nuts About You” and authentic-tasting “Mr (Earl) Grey.” Each scoop contains less than 5% of fat and only a third of the calories compared to regular ice cream, making this a guilt-free snack in every way.
Insider’s Tip: Looking to celebrate a special occasion? Call ahead or order online for your vegan ice-cream cakes.
Address: 8 Sin Ming Rd, #01-03 Sin Ming Centre, Singapore 575628 (check their website for details on their Jurong East Street location)
Open From: Mon-Thu & Sun: 12pm-10pm; Fri-Sat: 12pm-10:30pm
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Usually, when thinking of Korean cuisine, barbecued meats and fried chicken come to mind. Not at The Boneless Kitchen, though. This aptly-named, cosy Korean restaurant cooks up meatless dishes like Soondubu Jjigae (soft tofu stew) and 15-ingredient, handmade Kimchi Mandus (gyoza-like dumplings) that pack a flavourful punch. With a homely vibe, this spot is all about yummy meals, quality conversations and good vibes. Advocating awareness of our environmental and social responsibilities, the TBK team also includes members of the disabled and special needs community, with the aim of helping to equip them with necessary life skills and employment experience.
Insider’s Tip: Customer favourites include the Kimchi and Marinated Mushroom Fries and the Budae Jjigae, a Korean stew with an assortment of toppings and ramen noodles.
Address: 1 Irving Place, #01-31 Commerze @ Irving, Singapore 369546
Open From: Mon-Sun & Public Holidays: 12pm-9pm (last order 8:45pm)
If you’re looking for a higher-end, fancy dining experience, The Garden is the place to go. Located in Sentosa, Singapore’s world-renowned island resort, customers dine in a beautifully detailed, colonial-era building on minimally-processed, Mediterranean and calorie-conscious dishes that are carefully plated into mini masterpieces. It should be noted that The Garden is not a fully vegetarian restaurant, but their menu caters easily to those with specific dietary requirements with colourful vegetarian options all over the menu – even gluten-free dieters are served with their own GF-friendly bread rolls.
Insider’s Tip: The Garden is the first and only host of Singapore’s all-organic brunch every last Saturday of each month.
Address: 2 Bukit Manis Road Sentosa, 099891 Singapore
Open From: Mon-Sun: 11am-10pm
Easily accessible from Chinatown and Telok Ayer MRT stations, Fill-a-Pita is all about fresh and healthy, Egyptian-style food with reasonable prices, amazing service and even better food. Everything on their 100% vegetarian and halal menu is prepared in-house, while the aromatic wholemeal pita bread is baked and delivered every morning from a local bakery. With unbelievably creamy hummus, it’s not really a surprise that this venue is featured prominently on many vegetarian must-visit lists in Singapore.
Insider’s Tip: Be sure to check their Instagram for regular returns of customer favourite dishes.
Address: 3 Pickering Street, #01-29, Nankin Row, China Square Central, Singapore 048660
Open From: Mon-Fri: 11am-4pm
Having first opened its doors in 1997, Original Sin is another vegetarian favourite for both locals and tourists. Whether you choose to dine alfresco under the stars or in its candlelit interiors, this is the spot to visit for a night out, with all sorts of wine ready to be paired with their delicious spins on classic Italian comfort food. If their Arancini Risotto Balls stuffed with capsicum, carrots, tomato and parmesan daintily balanced atop thick slices of soft eggplant is any indication, the dishes here are of the elegant, fine-dining variety. We also highly recommend their vegan and gluten-free apple crumble topped with smooth and indulgent coconut ice-cream.
Insider’s Tip: Many of the menu items served at Original Sin can be altered to fit vegan and gluten-free diets. Just ask!
Address: #01, 43 Jln Merah Saga, | 62 Holland Village Chip Bee Gardens, Singapore 278115
Open From: Mon-Sun: 11:30am-2:30pm (2:15pm last order), 6pm-10:30pm (10pm last order)