Vegan food at Marriott Hotels and Resorts in Southeast Asia


Our eternal vegan travel travel adventure has taken us to many glorious destinations and long may this continue. As much as we love checking into a luxury hotel and resort, our true raison d’être is to find, eat and write about the best vegan food in the world. One brand that seems to deliver delicious plant based cuisine time after time is Marriott, we have enjoyed vegan food at the below Marriott Hotels and Resorts in Southeast Asia during the last year. From city centre hotels to ocean front resorts, each of these locations went above and beyond to create vegan food that makes us want to go back for more!

The unique and mind blowing JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa is located on Phu Quoc island off the southern coast of Vietnam. Although just a short flight from Saigon, it is a million miles away from the fast paced life of the city. It is also unlike any resort you have ever experienced previously, kind of like an imaginery wonderland with surprises around every corner. Designed by the legendary Bill Bensley, this resort is the stuff dreams are made of and has to be seen to be believed.

An omnipresent offering for breakfast all over Southast Asia, noodle soup, is as simple as it is delicious. Sadly, a vegan option is seldom found as the stock is commonly not suitable for vegans. So when we find a hotel with homemade vegetable stock as an option we certainly don’t want to miss out! The flavoursome stock, with rice noodles, vegetables and tofu presents a perfect plant based breakfast option.

Part of our lunch at ‘French & Co’ was this creative salad that was colouful, eye catching and quite simply, beautiful. It looked almost too good to eat, but trust us when we say we ate every last morcel of fresh, crunchy and nutritious goodness on our plate.

Pink Pearl is the fine dining restaurant at JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa and this is where the culinary creations are taken to the next level. Upon request, they prepared a vegan tasting menu with paired wines that was sublime. Truffles were in season and they played a pivitol role in our meal including this dish with spelt, mushrooms and parsely foam which was one of the best plates of food we’ve ever been served.

With more rooms and suites than any other hotel in the city, Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queens Park presents both business and leisure travellers alike a great option within easy reach of everything that Bangkok has to offer. We love the location with many rooms overlooking Benjasiri Park and BTS Phrom Phong just a few minutes walk from the hotel.

We ate these dumplings every day. We love dumplings. In fact, we can’t get enough of these glutinous parcels of deliciousness. Again, we often miss out as vegans, due to either lard in the wrapper or a non vegan filling so when we discovered that the dumplings at Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queens Park were 100% plant based we happily worked our way through a healthy amount…

You can find fresh vegetable spring rolls, or summer rolls as they are often called, all over Southeast Asia, but rarely do they look as good as these ones from Siam Tea Room at Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queens Park. They were part of the vegetarian menu which was on offer, more and more hotels now have a vegetarian or vegan menu which of course makes us very happy indeed.

For dinner we were super excited to be dining at Akira Back having had such a great experience previously at Akira Back Singapore which you can read about below. It’s safe to say that we were not disappointed and our meal lived up to all expectations and more. Again, there is a vegetarian menu with clearly marked vegan options including this Tofu Tobanyaki of lightly fried tofu fillets servd on a medley of vegetables.

JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach is modern, stylish and oh so vegan friendly. This luxury, city centre hotel boasts two swimming pools, a gym and multiple F&B outlets creating the perfect city centre oasis for guests who are staying in one of the 624 well appointed rooms and suites.

The buffet breakfast at Beach Road Kitchen was extensive to say the least, it offers one of the largest selections we’ve seen for some time meaning those that are searching for plant based options will certainly not be disappointed. You can expect everything from soya milk lattes, vegan friendly congee and a wonderful array of fruit, salad, roasted vegetables and hummus. But that’s not all, we enjoyed a delicious Sayur Lodeh vegetable curry and freshly baked ‘Breakfast Pizzas’ laden with apricot jam, seeds and nuts that were naughty but nice.

Akira Back was our destination for dinner and we were excited, very excited. Chef Akira Back is known for his innovative creations and we were to enjoy a vegan tasting menu which we had pre ordered. There are vegan options on the standard menu such as the below ‘Bell Pepper Carpaccio with Nanbanzu’ but for the full plant based experience be sure to request the vegan menu at time of booking.

Every dish was outstanding with creative presentation, perfectly paired ingredients and flavours that left you wanting the meal to never end. The ‘Crispy Tofu with Kochujang Soy and Finger Lime’ was one of our favourites making it straight onto our list of ‘Top 10 tofu dishes of all time’.

Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa is located overlooking the impressive beach in Hua Hin with many of the rooms and suites enjoying far reaching ocean vistas. Five pools are set with beautifully manicured grounds, creating that luxury resort vibe that was exactly what we were looking for after the 4 hour taxi from Bangkok.

We enjoyed breakfast and lunch at Amber Kitchen which is open all day offering a buffet breakfast and an a la carte menu for lunch and dinner. We loved our healthy salad (complete with quinoa and flax for that protein hit) and also found Indian curries and congee on the buffet which were vegan friendly. In addition to these options, the staff team happily arranged a bowl of noodle soup with vegetable stock and stir fried vegetables with rice.

Not wanting to miss out on the flavours that Thailand is well known for we were happy to eat ‘Tao Hu Phad Med Mamuang’ otherwise known as fried tofu with cashew nut which certainly hit the spot. The smoked chillies complimeted the slightly sweet tofu, with the fried cashew nuts adding depth and crunchiness. A simple dish, executed perfectly and very good indeed.

Our vegan dessert dreams came true when we were served a trio of sweet delights. First was a creamy pineapple and coconut sorbet which was followed by cubes of mango coconut and decadent cherry and almond chocolate cake topped with fresh rasberries and edible gold. Bravo to the chef who made us very happy with the plant based desserts that he created.

Last but by no means least, is the wonderful JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong where we experienced the highest level of service, some memorable vegan food and wonderful views of Victoria Harbour from our spacious and sophisticated room.

JW Café is the all day dining restaurant where we enjoyed breakfast each day. From crumpets with peanut butter to freshly prepared vegetable dumplings and rice noodle soup there were plenty of options on the buffet. The staff were also happy to prepare additional items upon request including this fried tofu, topped with shitake mushrooms and asparagus, served with a super spicy dipping sauce.

The chef in The Lounge served a couple of outstanding salads as part of a specially requested vegan menu. They were vibrant, healthy and packed with plant based nutrition making for the perfect meal prior to our impending 13 hour overnight flight.

Presentation and creativity were at the forefront of these dishes that were full of flavour and delciousness. The second offering included sweet roasted pumpkin, earthy beetroot and sour, lemon citrus gel combined to create a dish that was as pleasing on the eye as it was on the palate.

We love that our vegan travel adventure which began in 2014 has coincided with the explosion of veganism worldwide. Luxury hotels and resorts have continued to increase their plant based offerings in line with the demand for vegan food. This includes Marriott who have impressed us time after time in Southeast Asia with their ability and willingness to cater for their vegan guests. Long may the vegan revolution 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.

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Comments (20)

  1. Jen says:

    So many hotels now offer Noodle Soup for breakfast and it is a trend that is spreading into hotels throughout the world. But you are right it is very rare to find the soup made from a vegan stock.

    • Paul Eyers says:

      You’re right Jen, noodle soup is a very common breakfast item and we love it! We never miss out on the opportuinity when it’s suitable for vegans …

  2. J Darby says:

    On my last trip to Singapore I also stayed at JW Marriott South Beach and dined at Akira Back. The service and food at Akira Back was first rate and I loved the modern design of the hotel.

  3. Jodie Sheppard says:

    Wow! The food looks amazing. Very colourful and well presented.
    Thanks for the info Paul

    • Paul Eyers says:

      Thank you for your comment Jodie!

      The food tasted great and looked great too, no longer do we have to miss out as vegan diners, in fact, our food is often even better than the non vegan food offered to others…

  4. Paul Knott says:

    Another great review, always so useful and informative, as someone who has recently became a Vegan, I rely on reviews/ blogs like this. This is one of the better ones.

    Keep up the good work

    • Paul Eyers says:

      Thank you for your kind comment Paul. Good luck on your vegan journey, feel free to get in touch with any questions you may have, always happy to help!

  5. Terry Wilkinson says:

    As a newish vegan I find it refreshing to see upmarket places embracing plant based food. Until now I have alway felt that plant based food was the poor relation of the gourmet club. Fine dining vegan style will help to encourage people to if not give up animal products at least to cut down and try wonderful creative food. I really want to try some of the above food right now even though I’m not hungry :) :)

    • Paul Eyers says:

      Thank you for commenting Terry!

      When we edit the pictures for these articles it always makes us want to eat all of the food again…

      Vegan fine dining certainly shows everyone that vegan food can be innovative, exciting and totally delicious!

  6. Georgia says:

    Wow, it seems I am missing out on a whole new level of Vegan dining. Every dish looks incredible.. presentation being key. Food as picturesque as these shown above, I feel obliged to take 101 photos before even thinking about eating it!

    It’s great to see that plant based eaters are not only being catered for.. but being served stunning and delicious meals. Most importantly… variety.

    As the minority currently likely to be dining vegan, it’s reassuring to see the thought and effort matched to those not choosing a vegan diet.
    Allowing plant based eaters to enjoy their stay whole heartedly at these grand hotels, not being left disappointed when it comes to the best part of the day!

    I will definitely be considering visiting one of the above for a special occasion.

    Thank you for your invaluable information for a fellow Vegan.

    🍃

    • Paul Eyers says:

      Thnak you for commenting Georgia, we love that luxury hotels and resorts are changing their offering for vegans and have enjoyed many stunning and delicious plant based creations whilst on our travels…

  7. Oscar says:

    There’s a small voice in my head that says I ought to be eating more vegan options. I think a lot of my friends are getting a conscience about what goes on our plates.

    If only every hotel and restaurant could produce attractive options like this I think it would be a lot easier to go vegan or at least flexitarian. I know some people will say that veganism starts at home but most of us get our food inspiration from eating out. That’s where I get my recipe ideas.

    • Paul Eyers says:

      Hello Oscar, our love for vegan food certainly started at home as just a few years ago the vegan optins in restaurants and hotels were limited to say the least. The fact that these Marriott Hotels & Resorts in Southeast Asia offer either veggie/vegan menus or dishes that are vegan frienbly is so exciting. This certainly encourages people to go vegan or choose the vegan option which is of course a good thing! Thank you for your comemnt…

  8. Tim says:

    Do you remember that old Avis advertising campaign that went something like “We try harder because we’re number 2.” I think there’s something of that going on with vegan chefs. They know that the majority of people are meat-eaters so they are working incredibly hard to win them over with super presentation.

    Of course Avis’s real problem came when they briefly overtook Hertz’s market share and became Number One.

    • Paul Eyers says:

      Hi Tim, i hope to see the day that Vegan Fine Dining becomes number 1! It’d catching up for sure and the availability of vegan food shows no sign of slowing down which we love!

  9. eileen eyers says:

    Yet again Paul, it’s been a joy to read your reviews. Your descriptions of the dishes are mouth-watering. JW Marriott Hotels and Resorts certainly seem to be at the forefront of providing the most incredible and innovative cuisine. Vegan diners will be very excited to follow in your footsteps at any of the wonderful locations you’ve covered in these reviews. Thank you for all your research and hard work, making the travel arrangements of the vegan tourist so much easier.

    • Paul Eyers says:

      thank you for reading and commenting. there are many hotels and resorts in Southeast Asia including plant based food on their menus and Marriott are one of the groups embracing these changes. we hope you get to enjoy vegan food on your next holiday wherever that may be!

  10. Susi Greene says:

    It’s nice to see so many creative options! I’m not vegan or vegetarian, but I do often go for meat free choices. I imagine that finding places that cater to vegan requirements can be quite a challenge, especially when you’re staying somewhere away from home that you’ve never been before. It sounds like there are definitely some great choices around, and it’s reassuring to know that places like Beach Road Kitchen are offering ever extensive menu options. I think the presentation can also make a big difference because of the plant based and meat free dishes I’ve ordered in the past, they’ve looked incredibly bland and rather unappealing!

    • Paul Eyers says:

      Thanks Susi!

      It’s all about creative and innovative dishes that not only taste good, but look good too.

      Once that has been achieved then there is no reason why not to choose more meat free options.

      As far as it being a challenge, all i can say is that the challenge is getting far easier than it was 10+ years ago!

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