There’s more to vegan and vegetarian cuisine than a mound of bland raw veggies and verdant greens. Restaurant chefs in Singapore are producing healthy, meat-free dishes that don’t sacrifice taste. There’s a lot more to plant-based cuisine than boring salads and endless carbs at these restaurants around the city. Vegans and vegetarians have a wide variety of cuisines to select from, including Korean, Peranakan, Japanese, and Italian. It’s time to say goodbye to boring salads!
How about a slaughterhouse without the bloodshed? Unusual in the extreme. With its meats, though, Love Handle intends to change all that. From raw meatballs to unagi fillets and even beef wellingtons, Asia’s first plant-based butcher has an impressive array of meat options on display at its glass counter. The butchery is divided into three sections: raw meats, marinated and prepared meats, condiments, and dairy products are all on display. In addition to top industry names such as Impossible, Tindle, Growthwell, and many others, it also offers thoroughly developed in-house inventions.
When it comes to vegan cuisine, Cultivate is a one-stop shop: they’re plant-based, GMO-free, and gluten-free – all while keeping their menu entirely vegan. Moreover, they feel that “pure food” is the finest way to cultivate one’s best self. There’s no excuse not to make the trip to Maxwell Reserve Hotel’s vegan café, which features a library-themed environment with bookshelves lining the walls.
One of the best-known chefs in the world, Christina Rasmussen, is behind this pocket bar, together with Sasha Wijidessa of Operation Dagger and 2am dessert bar’s Janice Wong. Small meals and cocktail pairings are the order of the day at this plant-based eatery. There is an a la carte menu as well as a pairing degustation, but if you’re looking for something different, try the pink oyster mushroom wrap or the kombu tartlet.
At Analogue, the plant-based menu is not limited to cocktails. Indulgent dishes without meat: jackfruit tacos ($25 for three) are filled with thick, meaty Rempah-spiced filling; pumpkin dumplings ($20) have a soft, mochi-like skin and are filled with creamy filling. Take a sip or two to wash it all down.
The spacious interior of Green Common has a 112-seat eatery as well as a retail corner where a wide range of worldwide meat-free brands is available. The Green Monday Group originally opened the concept store in Hong Kong to promote mindful eating. Green Common’s first store in Southeast Asia opened in VivoCity. You’ll discover a wide array of meat substitutes on the broad menu, including pizza, noodles, and street food from across the world.
Veganized versions of popular Joo Chiat meals are available at this café in the neighborhood. Using vegan rempah and veggies, as well as meat-like mock-ups, the Nyonya mee siam and nine-spiced mee soto ($6.90 each) are both delicious and authentic-tasting options. Nasi campur ($12.90) comes with unpolished rice, greens, acar, tofu scramble, and a faux pork rendang in a platter that’s big enough to share.