Being vegetarian does not equate to eating rabbit food for the rest of your life – here are five restaurants that serve filling vegetarian-friendly meals
Vegetarian food is quite often misconceived as being tasteless or light but there are several vegetarian restaurants that carry vegetarian dishes so delicious, even a carnivore wouldn’t mind chomping down on them.
There are many types of vegetarian diets – some include eggs, some include fish – and we have a little bit of everything to suit all your dietary preferences.
One could say this place was one of the early pioneers of vegetarian food in Singapore. Opened in 1997, Original Sin is known for its Mediterranean-style vegetarian cuisine. And its dishes are not light at all.
The Spanakopita ($28) comprises baked ricotta, spinach, feta and filo pastry served with grilled Portobello and mixed vegetable ratatouille. I like the Lasagna Rossa with assorted vegetables and shaved parmesan for an alternative heavy dish.
The Living Café & Deli*
The Living Café & Deli (TLC) specialises in raw food and they do not use red meat, cow dairy, white sugar, preservatives, artificial additives and artificial colourings.
The Pumpkin Rocket ($17) salad is filled with wholesome ingredients such as dehydrated onion, roasted pumpkin, organic Australian goat cheese, pumpkin seeds and balsamic citrus dressing, while the Gourmet Vego ($16) pizza comes with grilled vegetables.
Heavier options such as lasagne and Shepherd’s Pie are also available on the dinner menu. TLC serves a range of white meat and fish as well.
With several outlets around the island, Pita Pan’s self-service style works well for the working crowd. It does Middle Eastern or Mediterranean food with falafel, pita pockets, soups and salads.
The Mediterranean Platter ($26.90) is good for sharing, with hummus, babaganoush, dolma leaves, Jerusalem salad and chillies with two freshly baked pitas. But we like the Red Shashuka ($11.90), comprising poached eggs, spicy tomato ragout and sweet pepper sauce – perfect for breakfast or brunch.
Burgers and fries can be slightly less sinful with Veganburg. Since its inception four years ago, it has gained a loyal following.
Soy patties nestled within organic ciabatta buns with flavours such as the Hawaiian Teriyaki ($10.80, with fries and a drink) and the Creamy Shrooms ($11.80, with fries and a drink) are available.
Personally, I like the former with a pineapple slice, and with a soy patty glazed with teriyaki sauce.
The Green Room Café
The Green Room Café prides itself on serving atypical vegan cuisine such as Vegan Soy Laksa ($14) – gluten-free noodles in soy milk laksa base served with mixed mushrooms and signature tofu – and the Guilt-less Brownie ($12).
How is that vegan, you ask? The vegan brownie is topped with a vegan-friendly all-natural vanilla ice cream, handmade from organic brown rice and nuts.
Who says all vegan food has to taste like soy gluten?
By Cheryl Chia