Photo: The Living Cafe
For hearty, North Indian and Nepalese fare
This establishment may not seem like a head-turner from the outside, but Himalaya Kitchen is capable of fusing the right blend of ambrosial ingredients to produce North Indian and Nepalese dishes. Standout vegetarian orders include the paneer butter masala (cottage cheese cubes cooked Indian style, $10) as well as the palak paneer (homemade cottage cheese with tomato, onion, green chilli and capsicum, $10). Not a fan of cottage cheese? Try the aloo gobi (potato cooked with cauliflower and tempered with cumin seeds, $7).
Address: 518 MacPherson Road | Opening hours: Daily 11.15am-10.15pm
For a greater appreciation of culinary arts
Onaka, which is an acronym for Optimum Nutrition And Kitchen Arts, takes pride in its holistic vision for diners, that they notice the unique aroma, flavour and texture of the food placed before them. With a menu that is 50-per-cent vegetarian, the ingredients are choice organic materials, used to create fusion dishes that tap on Asian culinary techniques. Items we fancy include the signature watermelon sashimi ($10++) – a real maguro (tuna) doppelganger – complete with daikon-tamari (radish soy sauce) dressing, as well as the nutty, earthy roasted mushroom soba ($18++).
Address: 460 Alexandra Road, #01-32 ARC | Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am-10pm; Sat & Sun 10.30am-10pm
For traditional Indian vegetarian creations
This Indian restaurant has been a popular mainstay in the Bukit Timah enclave. Its menu serves as a gentle reminder of the Indian culture – vast yet inclusive – comprising vegan and non-vegan favourites. Of the former, the navratan korma ($14) stands out with its nine types of vegetables cooked in a creamy sauce with cashew nuts, while the aloo methi (cube potatoes with fenugreek leaves, $12.90) provides a balanced dose of carbs and healthy herbs.
Address: 805 Bukit Timah Road, #01-02 Sixth Avenue Centre | Opening hours: Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm
For vegetarian sushi, sashimi and mock meats
We appreciate the exquisite skills at Teng that go into preparing dishes such as the mock smoked duck with king oyster mushroom ($10), as well as the avocado maki ($13) – both worthy meatless renditions, better than the originals. If you prefer a set meal, and the restaurant also serves a variety of them, opt for the kaki udon set ($18) that consists of vegetable tempura and springy udon.Address: 91 Bencoolen Street, #01-50 Sunshine Plaza | Opening hours: Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30pm-10pm
For "raw" vegetarian and vegan organic eats
The Living Cafe is on a mission to provide raw food – that means no heating above 47°C (or 118ºF) and no chemical processes. The food’s original nutritional value remains intact, and this seems to be the case when one bites into the vegan tofu sandwich (made with sesame crusted tofu bun, eggplant, mushroom and raw Dijon mustard dressing, $15). For a fuller portion, go for the chicken pizza ($25) – topped with chicken, onions, goats cheese and nut cheese – for a wholesome, guilt-free meal.
Address: 779 Bukit Timah Road | Opening hours: Mon 11am-7pm; Tue-Fri 11am-10pm; Sat 9am-10pm; Sun 9am-7pm