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Plant-based pioneers in Singapore

As plant based options become the norm on menus around the world it truly is an exciting time to be vegan. Gone are the days when we would have to sustain ourselves with dishes that lacked creativity, taste and nutrition. Now we can dine at the finest restaurants and stay in luxurious hotels safe in the knowledge that our food will be as exciting as our surroundings. If you’re looking for places who are showcasing what could be the future of food (it’s well documented that our current way of eating as a race isn’t sustainable) then head to Singapore, where an ever growing number of the leading hotels and restaurants are taking plant based dining to the next level. These plant based pioneers in Singapore have embraced the innovative brands that are at the forefront of plant based alternatives such as Beyond Meat, Omnipork, Impossible Foods and JUST Egg. The ‘meats’ sizzle like the real thing and the flavours and textures are also just like the real thing, whilst the ‘egg’ is uncannily realistic. Vegan or not, these are intriguing and exciting times for food lovers. We headed to Singapore where we indulged ourselves in a varied and delicious selection of creations using these planet saving, animal friendly and altogether healthier alternatives… Grand Hyatt Singapore Leading from the front, and the first to offer the ground breaking Beyond Burger in Southeast Asia, these guys are true plant based pioneers. Driven by a commitment to sustainability, they offer multiple plant-based options at Grand Hyatt Singapore and we’ve been lucky enough to try most of them. Whether you want to enjoy the Beyond Burger at mezza9, their flagship restaurant, or relax in the garden setting of Oasis where you can choose a Beyond Sausage Hot Dog or a JUST Egg Sandwich, you are sure to enjoy your plant based experience at Grand Hyatt Singapore. Plus there’s the bonus of being right in the centre of Singapore’s shopping and entertainment hub of Orchard Road. EMPRESS Empress is a great choice for a restaurant in Singapore; set within the Asian Civilisations Museum and boasting an enviable location overlooking the Singapore River, they have truly embraced plant based cuisine. Menus feature multiple plant based dishes throughout, taking traditional Chinese food (which is often full of hidden and not so hidden animal products) and making it suitable for vegans and vegetarians. Diners can enjoy Omnipork, a ‘game-changing’ pork alternative, in dishes such as a flavour packed ‘Vegetarian Mapo Tofu’ or delicate romaine wraps with cauliflower, lotus root and olives. On their exclusive Impossible Menu you will find starters including ‘Crispy Pancake with Chinese Chive’ and ‘Black Pepper Meatball Skewers’; they’re the kind of thing you’ll eat and be convinced the kitchen has sent you the meat version instead. The Fullerton The Fullerton is synonymous with the rich history of Singapore and their Cantonese fine dining restaurant Jade, has been impressing discerning diners for more than 10 years. In an effort to embrace the demand for plant based cuisine they have introduced an impeccably named ‘Taste the Future’ menu featuring Omnipork throughout the multi course plant based experience. Let’s just say those words again, “multi course, plant based experience”, this is not a place just go for dinner, this is a place to go for a food adventure no less. From a trio of delicate starters including ‘Caramelised Omnipork stuffed with Pickled Apple’ to a main course of ‘Braised Omnipork with Capsicum, Assorted Mushrooms, Peach Gum and Eggplant’ you are in for a plant based treat full of elegance and refinement. Privé With multiple outlets including one at the much talked about ‘Jewel’ at Changi Airport, Privé makes enjoying plant based food in Singapore really simple. Their menus have clearly marked vegan and plant based options; you can even select your favourite plant based burger with their ‘Truffle Mushroom Swiss Plant Based Burger’ served with either an Impossible or Beyond Meat patty. These burgers are insanely meaty, juicy, tasty creations and the combination of truffle, vegan Swiss cheese and mushrooms was as delicious in the eating as it sounds on the menu. If you don’t fancy a plant based burger (they also have a trio of satay sliders which deliver the excellent experience of satay in miniature burger form) then why not order the ‘Impossible Meatball Spaghetti’ with tomato basil and ragout? PARKROYAL on Pickering The newest plant based pioneer in Singapore is PARKROYAL on Pickering who introduced a plant based menu on Earth Day at their restaurant, Lime. Their Plant Based À La Carte Menu features a selection of plant based delights including a sumptious Beyond Burger which they launched from a food truck in the lead up to the debut of the full menu. Diners will also find ‘Arrabbiata Pasta with Omnipork Meatballs’ and an ‘Omnipork Patty with Barbeque Sauce’ at Lime; these are offered alongside other dishes including ‘Fishless Fish and Chips’ and a selection of creative desserts to ensure the full plant based dining experience at PARKROYAL on Pickering. We love the fact that these plant based pioneers in Singapore have chosen to lead the way and are sure that others will follow. The demand for plant based food is growing and these innovative products are not only appealing to those that already enjoy a plant based diet, but also to omnivore diners, which is one of the reasons we are seeing this huge growth in popularity of plant based food. This is a win, win, win situation with plant based food being better for the planet, the animals and for our health, so long may it continue. Paul Eyers is Founder of Vegan Food Quest. Vegan Food Quest have become luxury vegan travel specialists as they continue to find, eat and write about the best vegan food in the world. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.

Paul Eyers

Paul Eyers is co-founder of Vegan Food Quest who write about luxury hotels and resorts in Southeast Asia with a focus on sustainable travel, eco travel and vegan travel. Currently based in Malaysia, Paul also writes about sporting events and some of the finest golf courses throughout the region.

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  1. it seems that more and more restaurants and hotels are adding plant based food to their menus here in England. it is interesting to see that this is the same in Singapore. I look forward to trying the Beyond Burger at some stage!

  2. I watched a news item this morning from BAFTA calling for more environmental issues to be contained in films and programmes. With the planet heading towards crisis I think that they are right we need to raise the profile of vegan food. Maybe it is time for a plant-based Masterchef to inspire people.

    1. Thank you for your comment Roger. We would love to see a plant based Masterchef and think it will happen at soom stage soon. It’s a great idea for films and TV to embrace story lines that raise awareness, where did yu see this BAFTA news item? I’d like to look it up…

  3. Wow! All of the food in this article looks and sounds amazing, we’ve come a long way since a tofu or bean burger.
    The best thing for me about holidays or travelling is trying new cuisines, and a lot of my most memorable foreign experiences seem to be food based, although Mexico is still high on the to do list, Singapore is looking pretty exciting at the moment…
    I want to try those black pepper skewers!
    Big up Vegan Food Quest:)

    1. The black pepper skewers were amazing Steve! Such a meaty texture and the peppery flavour was intense and delicious. Food is also a key part of travel for us often with whole trips curated around where and what we plan to eat…

  4. It’s exactly that! ..an exciting time to be eating green! Being Vegan has never been so full of choice. Absolutely everything and more you could ever crave or desire.. is already here or on it’s way. I recently returned back to the UK and tried a Beyond Meat Burger. I couldn’t believe how ‘meat like’ it actually was. There’s mock and then there’s shock. It truly shocks you how down to a T they have got this. The game has changed. They are made for the ‘meat lovers’ out there and the compassion is convincing. Absolutely no fault with Beyond Meat at all.. except for me (vegan currently four years) it’s quite unsettling eating something that you can almost swear IS meat. Impossible Burger, is one I am YET to try.. but I suspect it is very meaty too. Although of course it really isn’t. What a time to be alive?

    The ‘egg’ you mentioned sounds very interesting and I’d love to experience it. It’s such a great feeling to know vegans are been catered for- more than ever. The movement is truly unstoppable and I’m deffenatly reaping the rewards of trying plant based alternatives to all my old favourite foods. Majority of the time, better than I even remembered.

    Thanks for the great tips and ALWAYS great read! Singapore is on the bucket list, thats for sure!

    1. Thank you for your detailed comment which is full of passion. I love your “There’s mock and then there’s shock” comment which made me smile. Life as a vegan is getting easier and better every day as we slowly but surely see our options increasing. Long may it continue!!!

  5. I am incredibly impressed with how these fantastic hotels in Singapore have embraced an ever growing demand for plant based food!

    Anyone serious about travelling to Malaysia has to consider Singapore as a top destination for food lovers & vegan travellers alike, & I for one must visit in the very near future.

    1. Thanks for your comment Paul. Vegan options in Malaysia, Singapore and in fact the whole region are expanding all the time. It’s a great time to be vegan and it’s a great time to be vegan living in Southeast Asia…

  6. It’s great to see more and more plant based food at all levels of budget. I haven’t been to Singapore for many many years but look forward to a return and can’t wait for an opportunity to check out a beyond burger.

  7. I want to go to Singapore to experience all those amazing plant based foods. As others have commented, I’m not entirely sure about eating food which tastes like meat. However, your descriptions and the photos would certainly inspire me to give any of the foods you’ve reviewed a try. I’m delighted to report that Beyond Burgers have reached our shores and I have bought some following your review, not eaten them yet so ‘watch this space’. Apart from the burgers, I particularly liked the look of the‘Vegetarian Mapo Tofu’ and I have recently read that JUST egg will be launched in Europe (not sure where) towards the end of the year. In the meantime, maybe I could book a trip to Singapore?
    Thank you yet again, Paul, for your great reviews.

    1. thnak you for your rply and glad you’ve bought the Beyond Burgers! still no JUST EGG in the UK it appears, maybe later this year…

  8. Prive’s plant-based burgers look appetising! I think they’re more of slider sized than full burger size. I’ve had similar fare in Asia, where they served burgers as good as this. In this time and age, I go for healthier options of my favourite food. Hopefully, the pandemic ends soon so we can go back to exploring the world and all its wonders and good eats.

    1. Hi Joaquin,
      For sure, let’s hope things change soon and we can get back to exploring! You’re right that the picture of the burgers from Prive is their trio of sliders, they do offre the regular saized burgers too.

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