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The throbbing vein of Singapore, Orchard Road is also one of Asia’s best-known shopping streets. Where there is shopping, there are hungry shoppers and good food can’t be far away. Be it shopping or eating, Orchard Road is full of gems that draws shopaholics and food-lovers alike. For the vegetarians and vegans too, there is ample to choose, here’s some of the best Vegetarian and Vegan Food on Orchard Road.
From exclusively veg restaurants to mainstream ones, these places let you dine without inhibitions. This list is by no means exhaustive, it lists our favourite restaurants and some of our readers’ top picks on Orchard Road, to find glorious vegan and vegetarian food. (*in no particular order).
TYPE: North-Indian; Vegan-Friendly
MUST-TRY: 5-Course Vegan Set Menu
The much-loved Indian restaurant has been generating a lot of buzz lately for launching Singapore’s first Indian Vegan Set Menu (5-Course). From contemporary dishes like Quinoa Chaat, Bhatti (Chargrilled) Avocado and the to-die-for Asparagus Methi Chestnut, to traditional hearty mains like Hyderabadi Dal and Bhendi Pyaz (okra), the food is memorable and everything about the meal delights. They even have specially curated desserts for vegans – Mango Sorbet and a Vegan Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake with Walnut Brownie. An absolutely stunning meal, it is worth every bit of the S$68++. More infor and dining review at Yantra Launches Singapore’s First Indian Vegan Menu.
Yantra: 163 Tanglin Rd, #01-28/33 Tanglin Mall, Singapore 247933
Mezza9, Grand Hyatt Singapore
TYPE: Western, Chinese, Japanese, Thai; Vegan Friendly
MUST-TRY: Ancient Grain Salad, Clay Pot with Braised Beancurd, Mezza9 Dessert Extravaganza, Yasai Sushi Moriawase, Classic Cheese Burger, Modern Asian Burger
On 16th Aug, Mezza9 launched South-East Asia’s first Beyond Burger, the iconic plant-based burger that tastes like the real deal. The burger has proven to be immensely popular since, it is available as Classic Cheese Burger (brioche bun, vegan cheddar, vegan mayo and pickled gherkins) and Modern Asian Burger (Furikake, Sriracha, pickled daikon and ginger between a corn bun). Hold on for Mezza9 has much more to offer, the restaurant serves 9 different dining and wining experiences. Try the Oxheart Tomato Salad (S$12), Ancient Grain Salad, and the super-fiery Yum Makeua Yao (Thai style grilled eggplant is flavoured with chilli, mint and tamarind, topped with tomatoes and shallots, S$16). The Clay Pot with Braised Beancurd, black fungus, mushrooms and colourful bell peppers in a fermented bean paste is a must, as is the moreish, plant-based Yasai Sushi Moriawase. End on a sweet note with the Mezza9 Dessert Extravaganza. All this, while still exhibiting ample focus on taste, freshness, flavour, healthiness and sustainability. Detailed review and photos at Vegan & Vegetarian Multi-Cuisine Dining at Mezza9.
Mezza9: 10 Scotts Road, Grand Hyatt Singapore, Singapore 228211, P: +65 6732 1234
Waterfall Ristorante Italiano, Shangri-La Hotel
Nestled in Shangri-La Hotel right behind Orchard, Waterfall Ristorante Italiano is as delightful to look at as it is to dine at, with verdant gardens surrounding it. Their menu is peppered with vegetarian dishes like Lattuga Romana, Marinata Alla Polvere Di Pomodoro (Romaine lettuce salad, dried tomato powder, goat cheese, watercress, S$22++); Crema Di Piselli, Scalogno Patate E Formaggio Di Capra (green pea soup, potato, shallots, goat cheese); Pizza “Focaccia” (Garlic bread pizza dough, rocket leaves, parmesan leaves); Pici Al Caciocavallo Podolico E Pepe Nero (Artisanal Pici Pasta, Caciocavallo cheese fondue, crushed black peppercorns, S$25++).
We also recommend trying out their Antipasti Buffet Lunch (S$38++), which has enough vegetarian and even vegan options to be able to indulge in a wide selection of antipasti from authentic southern Italian cuisine. The buffet includes desserts (including vegan ice-cream sorbets) and 1 cup of coffee or tea. You can also choose to add on a main course for an additional S$10. The buffet menu changes regularly but on the day that we dines there, some of the veg*n dishes on offer included Beetroot Salad, Caprese Salad, Barley Salad, Green Pea Salad, Grilled Vegetables, Bruschetta, Pizza Margherita, Chickpea Soup and Penne Pomodoro. There was an assortment of desserts on offer – think Tiramisu, Chocolate Mousse, Caramel Budino, Cakes and several flavours of Gelato and vegan Sorbet. The weekend buffet spread is even wider and priced at S$55++/person.
Waterfall Ristorante Italiano: 22 Orange Grove Road, 258350, Singapore. P: (65) 6213 4138
Pete’s Place, Grand Hyatt Singapore
TYPE: Italian; Vegan Friendly
MUST-TRY: Plant-Based Italian Lunch Buffet
Talking of firsts, a few months ago, Pete’s Place launched Singapore’s First Vegan Italian Lunch Buffet that has proven to be immensely popular. Indulge in delicious and hearty plant-based Italian fare amidst a warm and cosy atmosphere and a rustic Italian trattoria decor. A great venue for a weekend family brunch, with a range of vegan creations including wood-fired oven pizzas, tasty pastas and freshly baked breads. Not to mention that at S$32++, it is complete value for money. Psst, did I mention that kids below 7 dine for free!
Pete’s Place: 10 Scotts Road, Grand Hyatt Singapore, Singapore 228211, P: +65 6732 1234
Joie by Dozo
TYPE: Meatless Cuisine with European & Taiwanese Influences; Vegan Set Menu Available
MUST-TRY: Baby Root Vegetables Garden, Transparency of Pear, Vegetable Sashimi, The Grill Summer Mushroom Steak on “Pu-Ye” Hot Stone
A rooftop restaurant with oodles of panache, Joie offers meatless cuisine with European and Taiwanese sensibilities. Located at Orchard Central, bang in the middle of Orchard Road, Joie is an amazing option to explore Orchard Road’s vegetarian food scene. With common and uncommon ingredients put together imaginatively to create unique dishes that are a treat for the eyes, Joie is a restaurant that will make you sit up and rethink meatless food not as restrictive, but something that even meat lovers can indulge in. Dig into a sumptuous 6 Course Set Lunch (S$ 38.80++) or 7 Course Set Dinner (S$ 68.80++), you can choose from a variety of dishes for every course. Some of our favourites include the yummy Baby Root Vegetables Garden, Gratinated Champignon with Mozzarella, Transparency of Pear and Joie’s signature Grill Summer Mushroom Steak on “Pu-Ye” Hot Stone. The Vegetable Sashimi is unbelievable and desserts indulgent with the likes of Liquid Chocolate and the unassuming Yogurt Pudding. Detailed review at Joie by Dozo – Meatless Fine Dining for Everyone.
Joie by Dozo: 181 Orchard Road, #12-01 Orchard Central, Singapore 238896. P: +65 6838 6966
The Song of India
TYPE: Indian; Vegan-Friendly
MUST-TRY: Paneer Gulnar Tikka, Subz Mile Jule Kofta, Blue Cheese Naan
Michelin starred The Song of India needs no introduction. Located on Scotts road, just around the corner of Orchard, TSOI is an obvious choice for anyone seeking an Indian meal. Opulent interiors, lavish décor, luxurious table settings and a lovely ambience, welcome you for a memorable meal. Some of their popular veg starters include Kothimbir Wadi (a crispy appetizer made from fresh coriander and toasted sesame), Vilayati Seekh (tandoor grilled broccoli, pineapple, zucchini, bell peppers & onions) and Paneer Gulnar Tikka. Popular mains are Subz Mile Jule Kofta (dumplings made of a medley of veggies and cottage cheese, in a spiced curry from Lucknow); Palak Paneer and Tandoori Smoked Aubergine. We also recommend The Song of India for Sunday Family Brunch Buffet.
The Song of India: 33 Scotts Road, Singapore 228226. P: +65 6836 0055
Hans Im Glück
TYPE: Burgergrill; Vegan-friendly
MUST-TRY: Fabulhafter, Juglans, Sweet Potato Fries
Named after a famous German fairytale, Hans Im Glück German burger grill offers 7 vegetarian and 4 vegan burgers, with a choice of sourdough bun, multigrain or naked. Each burger in a meal can be teamed with a side and a drink (cocktail/mocktail or beer) for an extra S$15. Try Fabulhafter (vegan with a wheat patty coated with generous layers of avocado cream, orange mustard sauce and herb salad, S$17), Juglans (vegan – wheat patty with sprouts and walnuts, topped with cranberries) and Wolpertinger (spicy patty of carrot and corn with avocado cream and aged cheddar cheese). Hans Im Glück: Healthy & Hearty Veg Burgers in a Fairytale Ambience.
Hans Im Glück: Orchard Road 362, 238887 Singapore. P: +65 97501488
TYPE: Italian; Vegan-friendly
MUST-TRY: Classic Super-food Salad, Truffle Ravioli
Sustainable sourcing, free-range products and a focus on freshness! Jamie’s offers several dishes for vegetarians. Drool over the Crunchy Italian Nachos, Pimped Margherita (S$26.95), Truffle Ravioli and Penne Arrabiata. Our absolute favourite dish here is the Classic Super Food Salad (S$25.95) that can also be done vegan upon request. Jamie’s Italian Kids’ Menu (S$12) offers veg choices like the healthy Secret Seven Gnocchi (in a seven-veg sauce) and Margherita Pizza. Here is a laydown on the 8 Best Vegetarian Dishes at Jamie’s Italian.
Jamie’s Italian, Forum: 583 Orchard Road, #01 01-04 Forum, Singapore 238884 P: +65 6655 7676
TYPE: Japanese; Vegan-friendly
MUST-TRY: Yasai Tempura, Vegetarian Salad Soba, Vegetarian Tofu Yasai Soba, Mizu Manju
With a special menu catering to vegetarians, Shimbashi Soba embraces the concept of Santate. It uses only fresh buckwheat imported from Tasmania and prepares it through freshly milling, kneading, slicing and cooking. All soup stock is made from Konbu (kelp) seaweed and soy sauce for vegetarian dishes. Try their Yasai Tempura, Vegetarian Agedashi Tofu (S$7.80), Vegetarian Chikara Soba, Vegetarian Tofu Yasai Soba and Vegetarian Salad Soba (S$17.00). Even the Japanese desserts are a must try – Matcha Mochi Kinako Sauce and Mizu Manju. No wonder Shimbashi finds top spot in our list of the Best Japanese Restaurants for Vegetarians & Vegans. The Vegetarian Menu at Shimbashi Soba is sans any meat, dairy, honey, onion or garlic. Some of the dishes contain refined sugar and rice wine, so not every dish might be suitable for vegans. Detailed review, Shimbashi Soba: A Vegetarian & Vegan Japanese Treat.
Shimbashi Soba: #B1-41, Paragon, 290 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238859. P: +65 6735 9882
TYPE: Vegetarian / Vegan
MUST-TRY: Beet Millet Burger
As the name suggests, Real Food is a place you should head to for when you wish to indulge in food that isn’t pre-packaged, processed or microwaved. Using the freshest ingredients, it serves up all vegetarian food using slow-pressed juicers, low heat pan-frying and homemade sauces — the stuff of dreams. The bestsellers here include Sourdough Wholemeal Waffles, Organic Fried Rice (S$8.50), Soy Dumplings (S$10.80), and Vanilla Quinoa Milk. Also worth a try are their burgers – such as the Beet Millet Burger and Portobello Burger – that find top space in our list of the 11 Best Vegetarian & Vegan Burgers in Singapore.
Real Food: Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, #02-16, Orchard Central, Singapore 238896. P: +65 6737 9516.
TYPE: Spanish, Tapas
Head to Tapas Club to savour the taste and flavours of the Iberian Peninsula. Their Spanish menu boasts of vegetarian tapas dishes like Croquetas de Espinacas (Spinach Croquettes, S$9.90), Pimientos Del Padrón (S$13.9, Padron Peppers), Coliflor Asada Con Azafran (Roasted Cauliflower with Saffron Sauce, S$11.90) and Coles De Bruselas Con Romesco (Brussels Sprouts With “Romesco” Sauce, S$12.9), and the mandatory Paella De Verduras. For dessert, go for Churros Con Chocolate.
Tapas Club: 181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central, #02-13, Singapore 238896. P: +65 3163 7577
TYPE: Chinese Vegetarian; Vegan-friendly
Sautéed Chinese Artichoke, Mountain Yam and Winged Beans (Image credit: Lingzhi’s Facebook Pg)
An all vegetarian restaurant, Lingzhi Vegetarian has been dishing up Chinese Vegetarian Gourmet Cuisine since 1991. Their dishes are innovative and full of wholesome goodness, natural and organic ingredients. Lingzhi offers 3 Set Menus (S$148++ for 4 persons, S$238++ for 6 persons, $368++ for 8 persons, $438++ for 10 persons) and an a-la-carte menu. Get to try star dishes like Sautéed Honshimeji Mushroom with Asparagus, Macadamia Nut and Fresh Lily Bulb in Crispy Basket, Charcoal Beancurd with Golden Oyster Mushroom and Fresh Seasonal Vegetables and Abacus Seed with White Pepper Sauce served with Crispy Sweet Potato. Information on Lingzhi Vegetarian’s menus and buffet prices.
Lingzhi: Liat Towers #05-01, 541 Orchard Road, Singapore 238881. P: +65 6734 3788