Food so Good, You Won't Believe It's Vegetarian
Does the idea of having a vegetarian or vegan meal make you flinch? These exciting meat-free options at CapitaLand properties might just make you change your mind.
What do burgers, sashimi, meatballs and nuggets have in common? You may be surprised to know that all of these are now available in meat-free options, changing the stereotype that to be on a vegetarian or vegan diet is to live on unexciting salads, meal after meal. Long gone are the days when the thought of vegetarian food conjures images of dishes with bland vegetables and mock meat made from seitan.
Over the last decade, there has been an increase in demand for plant-based options. Some people are vegetarian or vegan for religious reasons, some keep to a vegan diet on ethical or dietary grounds, and some choose to go meat-free as a result of becoming more environmentally-conscious. Plant-based meals are touted to be healthier as well, as they generally contain lesser fat and calories. To meet with the increasing popularity of meat-free options, restaurants are working to offer unique gastronomic experiences by getting creative with how they interpret and present vegetarian and vegan dishes making it easier for many who are trying incorporate more plant-based meals into their diet.
Looking to try out meat-free options? Here are a few places with plant-based dishes that will tantalise your tastebuds.
Da Paolo Gastronomia is one restaurant that holds their food to high standard as a family-run business serving authentic Italian food since 1989. However, changing palates and times are reflected in their menu as well—although the recipes might stay true to the original, they make use of Impossible™ Foods in dishes like their Impossible™ Lasagna and Impossible™ Meatballs. These Impossible™ options are also available in ready-to-eat packaging so that you can have these dishes in the comfort of your own home, while the menu at the restaurant itself also boasts multiple vegetarian options like the Ai Funghi pasta and the Mozarella pizza—giving you a taste of Italy with the knowledge that you’re doing good for the earth.
Da Paolo Gastronomia
Raffles City Shopping Centre
252 North Bridge Road, #B1-45, Singapore 179103
Opening Hours: 8am — 10pm (daily)
Six Battery Rd
#01-K1, Singapore 049909
Opening Hours: 7.30am —6.30pm (Mon to Fri)
Opened in 2016 by four co-founders who wanted to make good burgers accessible to everyone, Wolf Burgers has since expanded to having five outlets locally and one in Hokkaido, Japan. Over at Wolf Burgers, apart from the standard beef and chicken burgers, meat-free patties are also available from two of the most famous plant-based meat brands—Beyond Meat and ImpossibleTM Foods, so you get to try both options in one restaurant (and see for yourself if you can taste a difference!). With the Beyond Burger, expect a juicy Beyond meat patty with cheddar cheese, sautéed onions along with other vegetables in between a soft brioche bun. The ImpossibleTM burger, on the other hand, is paired with provolone cheese, sautéed mushrooms, and truffle oil. We've heard that these plant-based patties are so close to the real thing that you wouldn't even notice that they are meat-free!
107 North Bridge Road, #01-05, Singapore 179105
Opening Hours: 11.30am — 8.30pm (daily)
Grain bowls have become increasingly popular, and Heybo shows how easy it is to have delicious plant-based meals right from the start of the day. For a light breakfast, try their Oatmeal Porridge—caramelised apples and cinnamon on top of other ingredients such as dried fruits and granola makes for an appetising and flavourful energy boost. At lunchtime, fill your stomach with goodness from their Signature Bos, like their Made Possible grain bowl: Impossible™ shiitake patties top off a combination of greens, seeds, grains, accompanied by handmade red pepper dip and green pesto. You’re not going to miss meat with this bowl!
168 Robinson Road, #01-09 Singapore 068912
Known for their protein-packed salad bowls, generous portions and wholesome ingredients, Omnivore has quietly built a strong following from its days at Chevron House and is one of the best-kept secrets of the CBD crowd. Omnivore recently opened another outlet at 79 Robinson Road, and true to its name, serves not only hearty meat options, but also presents the usual vegetarian options with a twist—such as curried chickpeas and sesame tomatoes. If you’re looking for something less run-out-of-the-mill, try adding the green apple kimchi and grilled tempeh to your salad bowl!
79 Robinson Road
#01-01 Singapore 068897
When Korean food is mentioned, the dishes that come to mind are most probably meat-heavy ones like barbecued meat, ginseng chicken soup and beef galbi stew. Daehwa Korean proves that meatless Korean cuisine without the five alliums can still make a satisfying meal—you can find meat-free versions of classic Korean fare like Army Stew, Jjamppong and Kimchi pancakes on the menu, and the restaurant even makes its kimchi and sauces from scratch. Sitting at the first level of Galaxis at one-north, the vegetarian restaurant focuses not only on their food, but also on how they can contribute positively to the community and the environment. A social enterprise and sister restaurant of The Boneless Kitchen, 40% of the service staff at Daehwa Korean are individuals with special needs.
1 Fusionopolis Place, #01-35, Singapore 138522
Opening Hours: 11am — 8.30pm (Tues to Fri), 12pm — 8.30pm (weekends), closed on Mondays and National Day
Fancy a meat-free meal that is more than just a vegetarian version of existing dishes? You'll have to try the innovative dishes at Sufood— the number one vegetarian chain in Taiwan. Luckily, you don't need an air ticket to eat there for they have a branch in Singapore at Raffles City Shopping Centre.
Over here, mouth-watering dishes like the Star Pizza With Cream Cheese & Wasabi-Tomato Sauce and Chickpea Rice Burger With Fries promise to be more than what you'd expect from their names. The restaurant focuses on nutrient-rich meals and is a dining experience that even meat lovers would enjoy— there were customers who even 'forgot' that they were having a vegetarian meal. With their belief that nutrition forms the foundation of the human body, they carefully prepare meals using whole foods that are sourced responsibly, and mock meat, artificial colourings, flavourings or additives are not used in their cooking.
Raffles City Shopping Centre
252 North Bridge Road, #02-19, Singapore 179103
Opening Hours: 11.30am — 3pm, 5.30pm — 10pm (daily)
With more Singaporeans gaining interest in conscious consumption, more are becoming flexitarian—following a plant-based diet that occasionally includes meat. This in turn brings about an increase of plant-based options on top of the plethora that is already available in the market—options so delectable and easy to eat that you don't have to be a vegetarian or vegan to enjoy them. If you haven’t experienced a plant-based meal, why not start by eating at one of the places we've shared about above, or check out even more options below? You may even become a convert after trying their mouth-watering cuisines!
No 12 Kallang Avenue, #02-14/15, Singapore 339511
Opening Hours: 11am — 3pm, 5pm — 9.30pm (Mon to Fri), 11am — 9.30pm (weekends, PH, first and fifteenth day of the Lunar calendar)
200 Victoria Street, #01-71/72, Singapore 188021
Opening Hours: 11am — 9pm (daily)
107 North Bridge Road, #B1-30, Singapore 179105
Opening Hours: 11am — 9.30pm (daily)
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