In a previous post I covered where to get the best vegetarian Indian, Chinese and Peranakan cuisine. In this post I’ll tackle Singapore’s other vegetarian culinary offerings.
Japanese food is practically defined by its use of fresh fish and at Zen Vegetarian Restaurant sashimi is still on the menu – it’s just made from
gelatin jelly. It looks beautiful but is completely tasteless, though a dip in wasabi immediately changes that. Other faux-meat dishes like the unagi (eel) and katsu (breaded pork cutlet) taste closer to the real thing. For vegetarian sushi on a budget hit the take-away counter at Isetan Supermarket on Orchard Road for cucumber or avocado rolls from S$2 apiece.
Original Sin is Singapore’s poshest vegetarian restaurant and serves fresh, flavourful Mediterranean fare. Their signature moussaka is proof you can get very, very full eating just vegetables and their pizzas are piled high with artichokes, bocconcini, roasted peppers and cheese. Like many expensive restaurants in Singapore, Original Sin offers a three-course set lunch at a more reasonable price.
Getting back to budget eats, Café Salivation is a newcomer to the vegetarian dining scene and tackles everything from bean quesadillas to soya lasagna. Perhaps owing to its location in Little India, there are some fusion creations like paneer pizza and chutney sandwiches. Adding to the appeal, the service is friendly, the décor is cute, and it’s hard to spend more than S$10 before adding dessert – their yummy baked goods are made without eggs.
Mescluns specialises in leafy green salads with loads of toppings at fast-food prices. It’s not exclusively vegetarian, but the salad-bar setup allows you to choose the ingredients you want (mushrooms, chickpeas, avocado, cherry tomatoes, almonds) and avoid those you don’t. If salad alone won’t fill you up a few of the homemade soups are also vegetarian.
Vegan Burg, Singapore’s first pure veg burger joint, has popped up in the eastern part of the city. Their soy patties are jazzed up with homemade sauces and fresh toppings like grilled pineapple and crispy onion rings. They also do tofu-dogs. However, you don’t need to go all the way to Eunos MRT for a veggie burger – Brewerkz at Clarke Quay offers thick falafel burgers and Botak Jones Burger Stalls have mushroom-soy protein patties.
Zen Japanese Vegetarian Restaurant: #02-02 Midlink Plaza, 122 Middle Road; (65) 6883 1586
Isetan Supermarket: 350 Orchard Road, (65) 6733 1111
Original Sin: Blk 43 #01-62 Jalan Merah Saga, Holland Village, (65) 6475 5605
Café Salivation: 75 Syed Alwi Road, (65) 6298 1412
Mescluns: 64 Circular Road and #B1-26BC CityLink Mall (beneath Raffles City), (65) 6884 6120
Vegan Burg: 44 Jalan Eunos, (65) 6844 6868
Brewerkz: 30 Merchant Road, (65) 6438 7438
Botak Jones Burger Stalls: multiple locations including Orchard Youth Park (Somerset MRT)
Tanya Procyshyn is a freelance writer and photographer. With a passion for unusual destinations, she has camped alongside Komodo dragons and shook hands with soldiers in North Korea.
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