9 VEGETARIAN-FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS
Whatever your reason for being ‘green’, Sentosa’s restaurants offer up several choices. From quick and casual meals to elaborate special occasion feast. Here are the ten best vegetarian-friendly restaurants on the island.
Located on the grounds of SO Spa, has been the go-to place on the island for those with specific dietary needs. Their menu caters easily to those who prefer vegan and gluten-free meals. Vegetarian options are aplenty, with their coconut and kaffir lime-laced Pumpkin Soup, and the Risotto with brown rice, asparagus foam and pumpkin purée. Dishes are healthy too, and the atmosphere is fittingly tranquil in keeping with the spa next door.
Ydishes like the Braised Tofu with Wild Mushroom and Seasonal Greens in Brown Sauce, and their dim sum lunch always has a selection of exquisitely crafted vegetarian dim sum like the Steamed Crystal Dumpling with Black Truffle and Fresh Mushroom. The chefs are Cassia are also extremely accommodating with requests and are willing to adapt dishes to suit vegetarian and even vegan tastes.!
YIt may be a bit of a trek to this beachfront restaurant at the Shangri-la Rasa Sentosa resort, but the ocean views and the fabulous food make it all worth it. Wood-fired, thin-crust pizzas are their speciality and vegetarian guests can tuck into the Pizza Quattro Formaggi (made with four different types of cheese), Pizza Margherita and Pizza Verdure. And not to mention, a selection of pasta dishes such as Penne Arrabiata and Gnocchi alla Romana. Trapizza is also in incredibly child-friendly and makes for a great family meal spot.
Bright and cheery, Sole Pomodoro at Sentosa Cove’s Quayside Isle is a vegetarian diner’s haven, with at least six dishes on their antipasti and salad menu and a wide array of pizza, pasta and risotto options to suit their needs. They even allow D-I-Y pizza options where you pick the toppings like mushrooms, artichokes, rocket leaves, tomatoes and more. Desserts should not be missed, their handmade gelato in particular, is excellent.
Surprised? Don’t be! This Taiwanese xiao long bao specialist serves tons of veggie-friendly options that are delicious too.
Their steamed vegetarian dumplings come packed with greens, and their signature fried rice can be made vegetarian upon request (minus the eggs and shrimp). There are also Chinese layer cakes, yam buns and a variety of wok-tossed crunchy greens to whet your appetite.
At Tangerine, Thai chef Ian Kittichai aims to “cook healthy dishes that do not lack in flavour, presentation and satisfaction.” Its healthy food comes from the menu’s farm-to-table concept where ingredients are freshly sourced from farms in Singapore and Malaysia.
With dishes made from whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables, sustainable seafood, premium free-range poultry and a whole array of spices, Tangerine is the place for nutritious and delicious food.
The restaurant name may be misleading, but Osia by Aussie celebrity chef Scott Webster, has a menu filled with inspired Asian and western eats on a produce-driven menu.
Vegetarians are spoilt for choice, between the stone hearth oven-grilled flatbreads, with toppings like sun-dried tomato and cheddar, and macadamia and basil pesto. There are oven-grilled vegetables, share plates of salads, gnocchi and couscous, and a menu of indulgent desserts and artisan cheeses, to finish.
A dinner-only trattoria helmed by legendary Italian chef brothers Enrico and Roberto Cerea offers authentic Italian cuisine using Lombardy-inspired recipes. Here, vegetarians can opt for the Puglia-imported Burratina cheese with vine-ripened tomatoes and the Risotto with Taleggio Cheese, Purple Potato Espuma, Baby Spinach and Valcalepio Wine Reduction. A tasting menu too can be customised for specific dietary needs.
There are several reasons to be at this beach-side chill spot. The laid-back vibe and excellent drinks aside, FOC’s food menu is packed with delicious Mediterranean and Spanish eats, several of which are vegetarian.
Hot and cold tapas like the sizzling padron peppers, the zucchini and tomato carpaccio make great starters, but do save room for the main event; a hearty vegetarian paella that can feed up to four hungry diners. There is even a live barbeque, churning out grilled organic veggies like the roasted pumpkin in five spices.
By Priyanka C. Agarwal
Priyanka C. Agarwal is a writer, communicator and content creator with several years experience in print and digital media. She writes about food, travel, parenting and other adventures. Her work has appeared in the print and online pages of Silver Kris magazine, Time Out Singapore, Her World magazine, The Michelin Guide, The Peak and HungryGoWhere.com, among several others. She is a mother to two tiny gourmands and an experimental home cook who hopes one day, to author her own cookbook.