Plant-based cuisine has come a long way. Once thought of as rabbit food enjoyed purely by health nuts on the fringe, it has now entered the realm of mainstream dining—and for good reason. Aside from being a healthier, more calorie-friendly option for most of us who eat an omnivorous diet, plant-based alternatives are often better for the earth and the animals—helping to counteract enormous carbon emissions and devastating animal abuse that result from factory farming.
Here, find Vogue‘s edit of the most groundbreaking plant-based restaurants in Singapore, that are whipping up vegan, vegetarian and mostly-meatless cuisines from different parts of the world.
Joie by Dozo
Japanese-European fusion restaurant Joie brings meatless cuisine into the fine dining space with their swanky location, upscale presentations, 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 desserts, and a particular crowd favourite grilled monkey head mushroom steak, served on a hot lava stone. Some dishes are 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
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 100% plant-based, but mostly raw. Known for their beautiful 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 concocted 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
While elements of the cuisine like hummus have become vegan staples over the years, Mediterranean cuisine as a whole is not one that lends itself easily to plant-based cooking. The folks at Original Sin, however, have nailed the difficult task—their menu is full of favourites like mezze platters, tandoori skewers, burrata (they are vegetarian, not vegan) and mousakka. With a range of pizzas and pasta dishes also available, it’s the perfect place to tuck into explosive flavours while steering clear of meat.
Original Sin, Block 43 Jalan Merah Saga, Chip Bee Gardens, #01-62, Singapore 278115
Contact: 6475 5605
Plant-based burgers have grown in popularity over the last year, with the ones at Veganburg topping our list thanks to their local 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
For a restaurant that doesn’t specialise in plant-based fare, Parkroyal on 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.
Lime, 3 Upper Pickering Street, Parkroyal On Pickering, Singapore 058289
Contact: 6809 8899
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