This festive season, Go Vegetarian with Celebrity Chefs in Singapore! Isn’t there something about celebrity restaurants that makes them irresistible? They come with the assurance of excellent food, amazing presentation and an awesome vibe. Plus, we in Singapore love everything branded and celebrity, don’t we?
I can only think of two reasons that would make us rethink going to a celebrity restaurant – one, a lack of vegetarian options and two, the cost. While, we can’t really help you with the second, we decided it was time to look into the first, especially with the festive season upon us.
So anyway, once we started researching, we realized that the vegetarian scenario has definitely changed over the last couple of years and quite a few celebrity restaurants in Singapore are now offering vegetarian menus. Although we haven’t visited them all (umm, guess why), these restaurants are backed by names that are renowned the world over, they have a reputation to live up to, and they pretty much set the highest standards in the food industry. So we’re guessing these should be some of the best vegetarian eats in town. And a few of them are not insanely priced either. How thrilling is that!
So, fellow vegetarians, go all out and treat yourself to an indulgent meal at one of these vegetarian-friendly fine-dining eateries with our list of 9 Celebrity Chef Restaurants in Singapore, that offer Vegetarian Menus, and then some more.
Who doesn’t know Gordon Ramsay; the obnoxious boss in Hell’s Kitchen who is also an equally passionate, wonderful chef? Having trained under some of the world’s leading chefs, he is one of the most widely recognised chefs in the world, with 7 Michelin stars to boast of. His Singaporean venture, Bread Street Kitchen is the perfect place for casual dining in a sophisticated setting, with English classics done to perfection.
Not only is Bread Street Kitchen offering a dedicated vegetarian menu, they’re also offering a dedicated vegan menu. The vegan menu is comparatively limited though, with one starter – Flatbread, spinach, red chili, shallots, S$20++); 3 different fruit/vegetable/grain salads; a main – Mushroom risotto, deep fried enoki, frissé S$32++) and 3 sides. The Flatbread (picture above) is quite good.
Vegetarians get more variety with dishes like Cider and onion soup with cheddar cheese toastie; Red cabbage, kale, carrots, candied pecans, alfalfa sprouts, pomegranate, orange dressing salad (S$13/25++); and Basil and ricotta cannelloni, pine nuts, tomato sauce, Parmesan cheese, to name a few.
They also offer a Dairy Free Menu and a Gluten Free Menu – both have a wide selection of dishes.
Bread Street Kitchen: Bay Level, L1-81, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. P: +65 6688 5665
Adrift by David Myers
Reminiscent of a Japanese Izakaya, Adrift offers small plates, healthy salads and more. Celebrity chef David Myers loves to travel and his culinary skills learnt from kitchens all over the world are evident in every dish he prepares.
Adrift offers a vegetarian menu with 9 dishes. Pick your favourite veggie from the likes of Japanese Eggplant (den miso, chive, S$16++), Baby Gem Lettuce (nashi pear, soy walnut, comté, S$9), Broccoli Hearts (macadamia milk, pickled thyme oil, S$13++), or Salt Baked Beets. Hungry still? Try the Shiitake and Mitsuba Tagliatelle (smoked chili oil, taleggio, S$28++). In fact, this menu looks like most, if not all of it, might be vegan. Dig in!
Adrift: Marina Bay Sands, Hotel Lobby Tower 2, Singapore. P: +65 6688 5657
Osteria Mozza & Pizzeria Mozza by Mario Batali
Dine like a true-blue Italian with these two wonderful restaurants by celebrity chef Mario Batali. Batali has 18 restaurants, 8 cookbooks and many television shows to his credit, rightfully making him one of the most respected and recognised chefs in the world.
Expect to be surprised by his takes on authentic Italian food at the much awarded Osteria Mozza where a mozzarella bar serves up sumptuous comfort food like Burrata with Grilled Asparagus, Brown Butter & Almonds (S$25++), Bufala Mozzarella with Pesto, Salsa romesco & caperberry relish (S$22++) and Ricotta with radicchio, spiced walnuts, honey & fried rosemary. Delight in amazing pastas and mains such as Ricotta Gnocchi with wild mushrooms, asparagus & chive flower (S$29++), Celery Root Cappellacci with wild mushrooms, Cauliflower with red onion & mint yogurt ) or Broccoli di Cicco with chilies & lemon (S$14++).
At Pizzeria Mozza, you’ll get vegetarian antipasti, salads, pizzas and bread dishes. Sink your teeth into some of the best gourmet vegetarian pizzas in Singapore. Choose from the Bianca with fontina, mozzarella, sottoccenere & sage (S$34++), Aglio e olio with mozzarella & fontina (S$24++) or Funghi misti (fontina, taleggio & thyme). A personal favourite is the Brussels Sprouts from the main menu (ask for it to be done meatless).
Osteria Mozza: B1-42-46, Galleria Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. P: +65 6688 8522. Pizzeria Mozza: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore, 018956. P: +65 6688 8522
Long Chim by David Thompson
Celebrity chef David Thompson’s Long Chim is a much loved Thai restaurant that offers a Vegetarian Set Menu (S$69++). This is apart from the vegetarian dishes on their regular menu, and a budget-friendly Vegetarian Weekend Brunch Menu at just S$49++. Inspired by the roadside eateries of Bangkok, the place serves authentic Thai street style dishes in a casual yet vibrant and chic ambience. This is one celebrity restaurant we have gorged at. Our favourite dish here would have to be the extremely flavourful Chive Cakes (S$15++). Also excellent are the Silken beancurd shitake mushroom garlic chives, Rice noodles with Chinese Broccoli and Soy Egg (which was excluded upon request for us) and the Banana Roti. The Vegetarian Set Menu will indulge you with even more mouthwatering treats like Grilled long eggplant mint coriander shallots, Aromatic vegetable curry tomatoes cauliflowers red shallots and Rin’s thai tea ice cream pistachio young coconut. Great veg selection!
Long Chim: Level 2 dining, L02-02, The shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018955. P: +65 66887299
Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora
With a menu that is light and healthier, Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora is a wonderful dining experience with a view of the extraordinary Open Ocean habitat, inside the S.E.A. Aquarium. Cat Cora is the first female chef inducted in the American Academy of Chefs® Culinary Hall of Fame.
With the Vegetarian Set Lunch Menu, you can look forward to Watermelon ‘Maki’ (Heirloom Cherry Tomato/ Avocado Seaweed Puree), Grilled Confit of Aubergine (Superfood Salsa/ Smoked Aioli/ Fried Maitake Burnt Coriander Oil/) and Mango & Pomelo Soup (Citrus Sago/ Mango Espuma/ Vanilla Ice-Cream). While set lunch at a Celebrity Chef Restaurant for S$58 sounds wallet-friendly, these 3 dishes are it! We tried Ocean’s Vegetarian Set Lunch Menu a couple of years ago and the food was fabulous (although the current menu offers different dishes).
At S$108, the Vegetarian Set Dinner Menu offers 2 additional dishes to those in the lunch menu – Roasted Beet (Grilled Lettuce/ Goat Cream Cheese/ Beet Reduction) and (Butternut Cream Roasted Butternut/ Scallion/ Pumpkin Seed).
Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora: S.E.A. Aquarium, Level B1M, Singapore. P: +65 6577 6688
Tunglok Heen by Susur Lee
Tunglok Heen is an authentic Chinese restaurant helmed by celebrity chef Susur Lee. Its calm Mediterranean vibe is created with stone and wood accents. Its simplistic design is the perfect backdrop for the vibrant food. The individually plated dishes in their Vegetarian Menu (S$68) include Braised Nepalese Rock Grains Broth with Bamboo Pith and Truffle, Steamed Beancurd with Japanese Superior ‘Konbu’ Soya Sauce, Stir-fried Wild Fungus and Fresh Green with Minced Ginger, and Braised Inaniwa Noodle with Parsley Paste to name a few.
Tunglok Heen: Resorts World Sentosa, Hotel Michael, Lobby Level 26 Sentosa Gateway, #02-142/143. P: +65 6884 7888
Corner House by Jason Tan
Located in a historic black and white two-story bungalow where E J H Corner (Assistant Director of the Botanic gardens) lived, Corner House retains the focal elements of its original architecture. Now a stylish restaurant, it is headed by chef Jason Tan. The concept of Gastro-Botanica is put into practice here which focuses on refinement and quality, and putting on the plate equivalent quantities of protein and plant produce.
On offer is an all vegetarian menu, Menu Botanica which includes Amuse-bouche, variation of best seasonal tomatoes (natural, marinated, confit, sorbet, cloud, vintage sherry), Interpretation of my favourite vegetable, Zucchini (Shiso, yuzu kosho, crème fraîche, mint), Riso (Maitake, romanesco, buckwheat) and Petit fours. Also noteworthy is Tan’s rendition of Singapore’s fave local food, kaya toast with My favourite childhood food memory (Peanut butter, pandan kaya, toasted bread). The five course meal here costs S$178++ per person.
Corner House: 1 Cluny Road, E J H Corner House, Singapore Botanic Gardens (Nassim Gate Entrance), Singapore 259569. P: +65 6469 1000
Salt grill & sky bar by luke Mangan
Quite literally in the sky, on level 55 of ION Orchard, Salt Grill & Sky Bar offers spectacular views of the city. With Australian fine Dining & Asian classics showcased here, the focus is on fresh produce and simple dishes. Celebrity chef and restauranteur Luke Mangan’s restaurant has been around since 2010 as his flagship restaurant in Asia.
They have a Vegetarian Tasting Menu for S$120++ per person and S$249++ per person including Sommelier‘s wine choice. As far as the number of dishes go, the Vegetarian Tasting Menu is on par with the regular Tasting Menu and S$40 cheaper.
It includes an Amuse Bouche and interesting dishes like Burrata Leek, Fig, Confit Tomato, Olive, Basil, Aged Balsamic; Grilled Asparagus, Black Truffle, Mushroom, Sweet Peas; Honey Roasted Heirloom Carrots, Spinach Puree, Sesame, Kale; and House Made Potato Gnocchi, Kale Pesto, Stracciatella, Semi Dried Tomato.
Salt’s A-la-carte menu and Set Lunch Menu (S$49++/pax) also have vegetarian options, though comparatively fewer. Luke Mangan’s other eatery Salt Tapas and Bar seems to have some veg options on the menu as well.
Salt Grill & Sky Bar: 2 Orchard Turn, #55-01 ION Orchard, Singapore 238801. P: +65 6592 5118
Janice Wong Singapore by Janice Wong
Native Singaporean, Janice Wong has received worldwide recognition for her cutting-edge creations, and redefining the dessert experience with 2am:dessertbar. Asia’s favourite Pastry Chef now creates her signature desserts along with a savoury menu, in her Flagship restaurant Janice Wong Singapore. The restaurant offers vegetarian lunch and dinner menus. The three-course degustation Veg Lunch Menu (S$35+) offers Ratatouille Siew Mai; a choice between Barley Noodles or Umami Egg Somen; Chocolate Tart with orange sorbet and salted caramel and Coffee/Tea. The 5-course degustation Veg Dinner Menu (S$68+) adds on a couple of extra dishes by offering Tofu spinach and, selection of 3 Ice-Creams/Sorbets.
Janice Wong: 93 Stamford Road, National Museum Singapore, 01-06, S178897. P: +65 9712 5338
And Then Some
While the celebrity chefs mentioned above have taken the trouble to demarcate veg menus, not all are at par. Looks like vegetarians still get limited choice at Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora or at Janice Wong Singapore, while the Mozza Restaurants, Tunglok Heen and Long Chim fare better where variety is concerned.
And then there are the ones not listed above. Jamie’s Italian remains one of our favourite Celebrity Chef Restaurants in Singapore, with its awesome family-friendly factor and (comparatively) wallet-friendly pizzas, pastas and more. They might not offer a separate veg menu but they have a host of vegetarian dishes on their regular menu. You can check out our pick of the Top 8 Vegetarian Dishes at Jamie’s Italian.
Then there is Singapore’s Food Ambassador Violet Oon, with her refreshing Singaporean cuisine, who also offers a handful of vegetarian options in all her restaurants. Also, Resort World Sentosa’s Italian celebrity chef restaurant, Fratelli also offers a selection of a-la-carte vegetarian options on their menus.
With all these choices, if you do decide to go all out and dine in style, you should be covered as far as your vegetarian needs go. Happy Dining!