Plant-based restaurants have come a long way in Singapore. Once thought of as rabbit food enjoyed purely by health nuts on the fringe, veganism and vegetarianism have now entered the realm of mainstream dining—and for good reason. More often than not, meatless options are better for the earth and the animals, helping to counteract the enormous carbon emissions and devastating animal abuse that result from factory farming.
Chefs and restaurateurs, too, are waking up to the sustainable dining movement, with many at the top of their fields choosing to spotlight vegan dishes and bring plant-based concepts to the forefront. This culinary finesse, coupled with vast improvements in plant-based meat alternatives, has allowed plant-based cuisine to stand firmly on its own—enjoyable and worth trying even beyond its environmental benefits.
Whether you are a staunch vegan or nursing a newfound interest in sustainable eating, look to Vogue‘s edit of the best plant-based restaurants and bars in Singapore whipping up vegan, vegetarian or mostly meatless delicacies from different parts of the world. Despite a lack of heavy, meaty ingredients utilised at these establishments, you can expect indulgent, gastronomical feasts. One thing is for sure—when it comes to eating out in Singapore, conscious is no longer synonymous with compromised.
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At the head of Intercontinental Singapore’s new plant-based restaurant-cum-bar is Danish-American chef Christina Rasmussen, whose credentials explain the creativity displayed on Mallow’s menu. Rasmussen was once the lead forager at Noma (ranked the world’s best restaurant in 2021), a job which consisted chiefly of sourcing unique ingredients and flavours for the kitchen to play with. At Mallow, which describes itself as “plant-forward”, expect elevated plates such as tacos in the form of wild pepper leaf wraps, kombu and kohlrabi tartlets laced with oyster leaf cream and a stick of faux-Magnum made with miso caramel. Carefully paired with craft cocktails concocted by co-founder Sasha Wijidessa, the idiosyncratic tasting menu helps sustainable dining take on new meaning.
Mallow, 1 Nanson Road, #02-07, Robertson Quay, Singapore 238909
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At Analogue, you are surrounded by the green movement on all sides. Everything from the bar-top (3D-printed from recycled plastic) to the tables (created by inoculating mycelium spores with organic matter) offer a glimpse into the alternative, eco-conscious future the team behind the fully plant-based bar imagines for our world. The prowess behind their impressive list of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages has already been proven—one year since opening, the establishment has clinched a spot on the list of Asia’s 50 Best Bars. If you’re in the mood for something strong, try the Smokey Jerky—concocted with whiskey, smoked paprika and maple, and topped with savoury mushroom jerky. For a lighter tipple, opt for the gin-based Spirulina, finally balanced with lime distillate and clarified golden kiwi.
Analogue, 30 Victoria Street, #01-31 Chijmes, Singapore 187996
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Plant-based burgers have grown in popularity over the last few years, with the ones at Veganburg topping our list thanks to their locally-influenced flavours, hearty vegan patties, and soft fluffy buns. Originating from San Francisco, their ethos of pushing the boundary of what burgers are expected to be stems from a desire to reduce meat consumption as a way to save the planet. Aside from their uncanny Impossible meat and Chili Krab burgers, an unexpected star on their menu is a side of char-grilled broccoli—smokey, savoury and delicious.
Veganburg, 44 Jalan Eunos, Singapore 419502
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The variety of dishes at Afterglow—their menu lists sushi rolls, lasagne, and spicy asian zoodles—makes it hard to believe that their offerings are not only fully plant-based, but mostly raw. Known for their beautifully-presented plates, the cult-favourite restaurant is always on top of health and diet trends, providing a plethora of keto, gluten-free, and even garlic and onion-free options on their menu. The team behind Afterglow seem to be innovators at heart, with newly dreamed up seasonal items popping up on their catalogue every so often. If you are a regular patron, each visit should feel brand new.
Afterglow, 24 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089131
Contact: 6224 8921
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Joie by Dozo
Japanese-European fusion restaurant Joie brings meatless cuisine into the fine dining space with their swanky location, upscale plating, and six and seven-course menus. Nestled in the heart of Orchard Road, their best-selling dishes include wild rice with eggplant terrine, a range of light-but-tasty desserts, and a particular crowd favourite grilled monkey head mushroom steak, served on a hot lava stone. Other star dishes include gastronomical wonders like their sashimi, which resembles salmon and tastes nothing like the humble ingredient it is really made of—carrot.
Joie by Dozo, 181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central, #12-01, Singapore 238896
Contact: 6838 6966
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For a restaurant that doesn’t specialise in plant-based fare, Parkroyal Collection Pickering’s Lime turns out an impressive array of dishes in their meatless menu. With a cuisine spanning both local delights and international flavours, standout items like fish-less fish and chips, faux-pork meatball pasta and an elevated rendition of a Beyond burger taste so much like the real thing that it’s hard to tell the plant-based versions apart from their meat-filled counterparts. Don’t miss out on their delicately light craft cocktails to sip on alongside your meals.
Lime, 3 Upper Pickering Street, Parkroyal Collection Pickering, Singapore 058289
Contact: 6809 8899
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As another non-vegetarian restaurant that has carved out a significant space on its menu for plant-based fare, modern British concept Jaan serves some of the most visually stunning vegetarian dishes in town. Their summer vegetable pie, for example, is so intricately assembled and delicate looking that it almost hurts to eat. Closer to bite-sized pieces of art than food, the Michelin-starred establishment’s take on meatless cuisine proves that it is anything but bland and boring.
Jaan, 2 Stamford Road, Level 70, Singapore 178882
Contact: 6837 3322