After office hours, the busy Robinson Road turns into a convenient spot to relax and unwind. Filled with watering holes and restaurants offering a variety of cuisines, people have umpteen options to head to for a nice meal and drinks. In this stretch is Acapulco Bistro and Bar, a restaurant which specializes in authentic Mexican cuisine. The restaurant is small but has a festive atmosphere and an awesome live band that plays on Fridays. If you like good food along with classic English songs, head here right away!
The menu is filled with handcrafted, traditional dishes from Mexico and the whole vibe of the restaurant lends itself to make it feel like a home-cooked meal. All the main Mexican dishes like tacos, burritos and quesadillas have vegetarian options, hence there is no hassle while placing the order. First, we ordered the ‘Burrito Bowl’ and directly sprung into the main course. Burritos are all well and good but sometimes you just don’t want to deal with the messy and tearing sides of the tortilla wraps. This burrito bowl was served with Mexican rice accompanied by capsicum, tomato, onions, pico de gallo and melted cheddar cheese. This flavoursome bowl with well spiced veggies has you covered for a delicious meal.
Burrito bowl at $12.50
If you want to simplify your ordering process and not think too much, then most of the times you can rely on ‘Veg Fajitas’ for a quick and easy meal. They offer the Norteno Fajitas which is nothing but Tex-Mex, a blend of styles born from the Norteno border of Mexico and Southwestern border of the US. In this version, the veggies were seasoned to perfection and served along with a flour tortilla. The guacamole and sour cream on the side brought the whole dish together making it tasty mouthfuls of goodness for me.
Veg Fajitas at $12.50
Since I was not in the mood for cocktails, I went for the ‘Apple Juice’. Refreshing, crisp, and light – a glass to enjoy while soaking in the music.
Apple Juice at $6
I have tasted many veg quesadillas in Singapore at various restaurants. Most of them have stringy cheese oozing out of them along with some veggies as fillings. All you can taste in these is the cheese. In Acapulco’s ‘Veg Quesadillas’, you can actually taste the (generously filled) veggies which is such a welcome change for a vegetarian like me. The melted cheese, chopped jalapeno, sour cream, pico de gallo and guacamole made for perfect dipping for these absolutely well-made quesadillas. Highly recommended.
For a long time in Greece, decadence ruled the food options available in the country. But now the capital has quite a few healthy food options available across all neighborhoods. Leading this food trend is Avocado, a fully vegetarian restaurant that believes in serving healthy and delicious food. Its strategic location in the central Syntagma Square makes it extremely convenient for vegetarian tourists looking for a comfort meal after seeing the Acropolis. Avocado also serves a full vegan menu for those opting for cruelty free and plant-based food in Athens. The place is extremely popular, so expect a wait time of 10-15 mins. The good thing is that the queue moves fast, hence you can hope to get a table soon. This vegetarian restaurant is also a quick walk if you are staying in a hotel in the Plaka neighborhood of Athens.
Avocado – Athens Greece
Avocado – Athens Greece
When a vegetarian burger is well-made, my taste buds jump with delight. After having heard so much about the famous ‘Signature Avocado Burger’, I decided to give it a try. This burger is made of sweet potatoes, ginger, chickpeas, coriander, basil and some more ingredients. This patty is then topped with cheese, onions, lettuce, tomato and a generous portion of avocado. Vegans can opt for the same burger without cheese. The moment you taste this dish, you know that this is not your average veggie burger – it is something much more with the flavours of more than ten ingredients coming together to make that first bite memorable! Do not miss the sweet potato flakes and the spicy tomato sauce on the side. They are there for the prime reason of enhancing the flavours of the ingredients in the burger.
Avocado’s Burger at €10
Avocado is known for its smoothies and fresh juices. On that day, we were in a mood to try something different. We ordered the ‘Pimento Gingembre’ which is a refreshing, non-alcoholic ginger drink with a distinctive, chilli kick. The drink has a fiery smell of ginger with chili notes. Absolutely flavorsome and trust it to pack quite a kick! The mild fizz along with the lingering aftertaste of ginger makes it a refreshing drink.
Pimento at €3
If you are looking for some Asian flavours, then try the ‘Om Shanti’ curry from Avocado’s menu. The mild yellow curry is served brimming with vegetables of various colours along with sautéed Basmati rice. It is made with coconut milk along with haricot beans, broccoli, bell peppers and carrots. The curry broth is delicious and the advantage is the spice level can be customized while placing the order. Highly recommended.
Om Shanti at €9
To be honest, they have such an extensive menu and all the description of all items seemed so interesting that a one-time visit would not do justice to explore this place fully. If you have time, try some of their vegan desserts. Above all, their service is top-notch with friendly staff who have the patience to understand your dietary preferences and suggest the best options. If you visit Athens, do not miss Avocado which is indeed one of the best vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Athens.
The Expo area is synonymous with exhibitions and events that happen in the huge halls near the MRT. During a recent visit to one such event, I spotted Soul ALife, a 100% vegan cafe situated at Changi City Point. This is a welcome addition to the area where vegetarian options in restaurants are a bit limited. Pretty decor with plants and a green theme added a nice vibe to the cafe. I have always maintained that a healthy and nutritious meal can be tasty and satisfying and its nice to see such cafes implementing that in their mission to serve good food.
The menu has a variety of options. They have burgers, pastas and salads along with smoothies and desserts. The intention that is clearly driven across is their desire is to serve you wholesome food. It was a refreshing change to see dumplings mentioned in the starters section of the menu and we ordered the ‘Japanese Gyoza’. Gyoza is a popular appetizer at ramen noodle shops. Here, they served the Gyoza with ponzu sauce (a classic Japanese citrus sauce). They had a thin skin and slightly crisp texture. Overall, an above average offering but the flavours could have been more enhanced.
Japanese Gyoza at $4.90
To keep yourself hydrated in the Singapore weather, cold pressed juices generally come to the rescue. I got the ‘Beet It’ juice to pack some nutrients in my meal along with the refreshing feel that it provides. It is nothing but the ABC (Apple, Beetroot Carrot) juice and was really good with the proportions of the ingredients in right balance. Highly recommended.
Beet It at $4.90
If you have been reading my blog regularly, you would know that I appreciate a good vegetarian burger made with ingredients other than the standard portobello mushroom. At Soul ALife, they have the ‘Potato and Lentil Burger’ which is a crisp patty housed in a bed of greens. The texture of the patty is good and it is well-seasoned. The only gripe is that the portion size was small for this burger to act as a standalone meal. The sweet potato wedges served on the side are just nice with a slight sprinkling of salt.
Potato and Lentil Burger at $10.90
At this cafe, you should not miss the ‘Buddha Bowl’ which is correctly indicated to be their recommended dish. The origin of the name “Buddha Bowl” comes more from being in state of bliss once you eat it. Well, the myriad colours from the variety of ingredients that pop out from the bowl makes it extremely appealing. It was full of vegetables, healthy grains and lean proteins that made for a perfectly balanced and a nourishing meal. The chickpeas, curried cauliflower and beetroot hummus were my favourites among the ingredients.
Buddha Bowl at $9.90
They have 2 outlets in Singapore – one at Pickering Street and the other at Changi City Point. For the fitness freaks and the healthy eaters, this cafe is absolutely recommended. This cafe would be an ideal place to visit for tourists who are looking for a 100% vegan or vegetarian joint near Changi airport since this is just one station away. Overall for their healthy menu, quality ingredients and affordable prices, Soul ALife is absolutely worth a visit.
In a Nutshell
Cuisine Type: Vegan
Nearest MRT: Expo
Address: 5 Changi Business Park Central 1, Changi City Point #02-40, Singapore 486038
During restaurant hunting, I have observed that unassuming restaurants with a simple vibe actually turn out to be hidden gems. Recently, one such find was Noodle Thai Thai Kitchen on Beach Road. From the exterior, it appeared to be a place serving communal-style Thai food at affordable rates. One glance at the menu made me apprehensive since there weren’t many vegetarian dishes. Since Thai cuisine can easily be customized, I asked the staff if they could make their curries vegetarian and without shrimp paste. They readily agreed and that’s how my meal experience began at this Thai joint.
When you crave Thai food, ‘Spring Rolls’ become a default option to start the meal. The spring rolls here made the best appetizers as the vegetables were thinly sliced and were wrapped up well and had the perfect golden colour for the outer coating. They were crispy and went well with the chilli dip on the side.
Spring roll at $5.5
The ‘Thai Green Curry’ finds its place in the vegetarian palate because of its refreshing flavours. Loaded with the trimmings of lemongrass, galangal and coconut milk, this curry was tasty. It had less variety of vegetables in the broth but the taste was authentic. As mentioned earlier, they cooked it from scratch when I told them of my dietary requirements, hence it takes some time to be prepared. The portion size was significant enough to be shared by two pax.
Thai Veg Green Curry at $10
We also tried the ‘Thai Bandung’ as it was a warm evening. The drink was cold, not overly sweet and a good accompaniment to the food. You can also opt for some fresh coconut water if you don’t like Bandung.
Thai Bandung at $3.80
The quintessential Thai main dish would be the ‘Pad Thai’ with the aromas of fresh Thai ingredients and spices. The noodles were light and chewy and served with well seasoned veggies. It comes with with the standard toppings of peanuts, lime and chili flakes.
Pad Thai at $7.90
I would suggest, if you are going as a large group with vegetarian requirements, then its better to give them a call and check in advance. But otherwise, on the whole, if you are in the area and are looking for a no-frills Thai dining experience with authentic taste, then Noodle Thai – Thai Kitchen is worth a visit.