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This trio of veggie-centric eateries will make you forget you ever craved a rib-eye
Singapore's best vegetarian restaurant -- Recommended: LingZhi
Traditional Chinese vegetarian dishes are often more about predictable mock meats and gluten, but LingZhi restaurant turns that around with its haute vegetarian dishes.
Part of the forward-looking Tung Lok group of restaurants, the culinary brigade at LingZhi expertly combines, contrasts and complements flavors, such as fusing the earthy overtones of mushroom with a tangy twist of fruit and vegetables.
Signature dishes include monkey head mushrooms with dried chili, a delicious -- and very duck-like -- vegetarian roast duck and a tangy-sweet pineapple fried rice.
There’s also a take-out counter for vegetarian pastries and dim sum and perhaps the best vote of confidence is this -- the restaurant counts many non-vegetarians as regulars.
#05-01 Liat Towers, 541 Orchard Rd., tel + 65 6734 3788, #03-09/10 Velocity @ Novena Square, 238 Thomson Road, tel +65 6538 2992. Open daily 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 6-10 p.m.
Singapore's best vegetarian restaurant -- Recommended: Gandhi
To whip up a banquet feast of vegetarian dishes, the Indians are the best people to consult, and naturally Little India is where a number of the best vegetarian eateries are situated.
For Best Eats judge and celebrity photographer Dominic Khoo, Gandhi is a top pick.
“While it is not strictly a vegetarian restaurant, there is such wide variety you can find a number of vegetarian options,” says Khoo.
"A must, if you are a bunch of carnivores with vegetarians in your midst."z
In addition, they also have S$4 veggie sets that will leave your tummy full and satisfied.
31 Chander Rd, tel +65 6299 5343. Open daily 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Singapore's best vegetarian restaurant -- Winner: Original Sin
For many, vegetarians are assumed to be culinary heathens who place cause before diet. Not so at Original Sin.
Chef-owner Marisa Bertocchi's tasty Italian-Australian-Mediterranean style dishes prove that vegetarian food need not always taste like grass.
“We did not set out to create vegetarian food but rather, dishes that did not have meat in it,” says Bertocchi.
What makes this a winner is that unsuspecting diners will not even realize there's no meat involved. The dishes are a clever play of textures and flavors, such as spinach, feta and tofu patties served with sautéed button mushrooms in a plum sauce and topped with asparagus.
“There’s a reason why the restaurant is still around," says expert panel member Shermay Lee of Shermay’s Cooking School. "It's a nice mix of Mediterranean and Italian-inspired dishes from pizzas, good salad options, mezze platters. On a breezy night, just sit in the alfresco area. If you need something filling, order the moussaka.”
Block 43 Jalan Merah Saga, #01-62 Chip Bee Gardens, tel +65 6475 5605. Open Monday 6-10:30 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 6-10:30 p.m.