Singapore’s hawker food may often get the spotlight, but its food culture has evolved to cater to different dietary needs, including vegetarian and vegan diets. Whether you’re a seasoned vegetarian or simply looking to explore meat-free options, Singapore boasts an impressive array of vegetarian and vegan restaurants that showcase the country’s vibrant and innovative culinary landscape. Swing by these plant-based restaurants in Singapore to discover delicious meat-free cuisine, plant-based burgers, traditional vegetarian Asian dishes and more.
Afterglow by Anglow in trendy Duxton Hills is hard to beat when it comes to variety – you’ll find meat-free versions of popular Japanese, Italian, Thai and Mediterranean dishes here. Everything on the menu at this vegan restaurant in Singapore is plant-based, and diners can modify their orders if they are allergic to any of the ingredients. Whet your appetite with the kimchi avocado rolls, Afterglow’s signature dish that’s made with almond sushi “rice”, housemade kimchi and avocado. For your main dish, choose the raw and crispy gluten-free lasagne, which is made with zucchini sheets rather than pasta, dehydrated cherry tomatoes, a medley of vegetables and walnut “minced meat”. If you’re a fan of burgers but want to keep things meat-free, the Smoked Stack Burger is also a fantastic option with its “epic veggie patty” made with broccoli, green beans, shiitake mushrooms, spices and brown rice flour.
With its decadent vegan fare and sensational sips, Analogue in CHIJMES is the ultimate destination for a sophisticated night out. Satisfy your cravings with a selection of vegan delights, from mouthwatering jackfruit tacos to heavenly mushroom croquettes, and even a sinful poutine featuring chat potatoes, miso and velvety vegan cheese. To tantalise your taste buds, bite into desserts like the Piña Clavo, which boasts grilled pineapple paired with fermented chilli, clove ice cream and a delightful chickpea tuille. Quench your thirst with Analogue’s divine cocktails, where classic IBA drinks are skilfully crafted alongside irresistible signatures. You simply must try the Smokey Jerky, a captivating creation blending whisky, palo cortado and maple syrup with a fiery smoked paprika twist, all complemented by mushroom jerky.
Whether you’re a dedicated vegan, a health-conscious foodie, or simply seeking an unforgettable culinary experience, Casserole at Shangri-la Rasa Sentosa takes you on a journey through diverse cuisines, ranging from exquisite Asian delicacies to hearty Western dishes, and even delicious Indian fare. The chefs’ specials, served in large casserole servings, are perfect portions for sharing with friends or family. The menu is constantly evolving, so you’ll always discover new culinary gems to savour. And when it comes to beverages, Casserole doesn’t disappoint. Immerse yourself in a world of predominantly organic wines, or indulge in a signature cocktail. What’s more, cocktail garnishes are grown entirely in-house, adding a fresh twist to every sip.
Housed within the Maxwell Reserve, Autograph Collection in Tanjong Pagar, Cultivate Café offers an impressive range of creative dishes, with a focus on healthy and nutritious ingredients. They are all plant-based, GMO-free, gluten-free and completely vegan. The raw beetroot with pecan nuts, sage and sumac pesto epitomises the restaurant’s aim to highlight the simple goodness of organic ingredients. For a more substantial meal, pick the gluten-free leek and roasted pumpkin tart, or the Superfood Earth Bowl with soba noodles and broccoli. End your meal on a sweet note with gluten-free and organic dairy-free desserts, such as the pear and ginger cake or the olive oil, honey and lemon cake. There’s also a grab-and-go option if you haven’t the time to sit down for a meal.
Escape the hustle and bustle of Orchard Road in a culinary oasis of Japanese-French cuisine at this vegetarian fine dining restaurant in Singapore. Here, the chefs work their magic by creating exquisite dishes that are presented in a captivating way. Don’t be fooled by the lack of meat on the menu – this place aims to change any misgivings you may have about vegan or meat-free food. The four- or five-course set lunch or six-course dinner options are crafted using only the freshest vegetables, fruits and herbs. Every dish is a culinary adventure, designed to challenge your perception of vegetarian cuisine. Highlights of the menu include the decadent gratinated champignon with mozzarella, the aromatic risotto with black truffle and edamame and the vegetable sashimi served on a bed of ice. For a main course that’s sure to impress, try the grilled summer mushroom steak on a hot stone, a flavourful and satisfying dish that will have you reaching for seconds. To complement your meal, there’s an impressive selection of mocktails, organic wines and Sapporo beer.
6. Sexy Indian
Embark on a culinary journey through India at this Ayurvedic-inspired vegan restaurant at The Vagabond Club in Lavender. Their plant-based, gluten-free tapas and mains are crafted with utmost care and attention to detail, blending tradition and modernity to create unique and flavourful dishes. Drawing inspiration from all corners of India, everything is made entirely from scratch with quality ingredients. The small sharing plates are a perfect start to your meal, featuring crispy jalapeno pakora poppers, hericium mushrooms with vegan cheese dip and spicy barbecue sauce, and inventive papadum tacos loaded with bold and zesty flavours. For mains, you can expect a delicious selection of dishes such as the tofu kathi roll, Beyond Meat moussaka, and cauliflower cream risotto – each a masterpiece of flavour and texture. And for those with a sweet tooth, the elaichi (cardamom) brownie with a scrumptious pistachio crust is a must-try.
Founded in Singapore in 2010, VeganBurg has been slinging plant-based, cholesterol-, antibiotic-, hormone- and GMO-free patties long before Impossible and Beyond Meat entered Singapore’s vegan food scene. Following their success in Singapore – where they have joints in Eunos and Woodleigh – VeganBurg went global with the opening of a San Francisco outlet. While their plant protein patties may not resemble real meat as closely as competitors, they are well-seasoned, convincingly textured and a sure hit with carnivores trying out vegan food for the first time. If you’re one for the classics, try their bestsellers, the Avocado Beetroot or Smoky BBQ. Otherwise, opt for a little local flavour with the Char-grilled Satay or award-winning Chili Krab burger, which uses a unique plant-based patty that resembles crab meat.
8. Warung Ijo
If you’re hankering for homestyle Indonesian cuisine that’s vegetarian and vegan-friendly, stop by Warung Ijo in Kampung Glam. The star of the show here is their meat-free rendang (a rich braise made from coconut milk and spices). While this is typically made with chicken or beef, Warung Ijo makes theirs with chunks of lion mane mushroom, giving the dish a fibrous, meaty texture that’s not unlike the fork-tender beef you’d normally find in rendang. There’s also a selection of Indonesian fish dishes made with a soy and seaweed substitute, an omnimeat martabak (stuffed pancake) and meat-free satay. Traditionally vegetarian Indonesian dishes like tahu telor (fried egg and tofu) and gado gado (Indonesian salad with peanut sauce) can also be found on the menu.