D’life Bistro and Cafe – Beauty World

There is a consistent eatery boom in Singapore. With addition of new stations and MRT lines, this trend is bound to continue. ‘Beauty World’ is one such MRT station on the Downtown Line which has a flock of eateries outside every exit. The hawker centers and the food stalls are brimming with hungry foodies. Having said that, it’s not everyday that you get to see a fully vegetarian restaurant at a stone’s throw from the MRT! I am glad that the new outlet of D’Life Bistro and Cafe has opened in this area. D’life serves lacto-ovo vegetarian food without onion, garlic, leek, chives and shallots. It is nice to see a spacious restaurant neatly done in an old school neighborhood and striving to achieve the balance by serving good food at decent prices.
balance

The Orders
They have a comprehensive menu with a lot of variety in dishes using Chinese vegetables – a lot of greens, yam, bitter gourd, broccoli, mushrooms, okra, eggplant, etc. They also have decent options for vegans. Overall, please note that the portion sizes are extremely generous at this restaurant.

For starters, we decided to try the ‘Vegetarian Satay’ thinking that it could be paired with the rice. From the taste, I think they had made firm tofu into thin, workable strips which were skewered and cooked to a gentle brown colour. The peanut satay sauce served alongside was good but the quantity was too much for the thin satay sticks. Overall, this was a decent offering.

Veg Satay

Veg Satay


Soups provide comfort in rainy weather and also if you are nursing the early stages of sore throat. So I ordered the ‘Tom Yam Soup’ and I must say I was not at all disappointed. The important part of a soup is the liquid base and this was a thin watery version filled with loads of veggies and had a sightly herbal flavour. All the veggies (including the okra) were fully cooked and well-seasoned and it pairs well with rice. For those who are familiar with South Indian cuisine, this broth reminded me of Rasam with a lot of veggies. The quantity can easily serve 3-4 pax.
tom yam soup

tom yam soup


I also tried the ‘Assam Laksa’. This version lacks coconut milk, and instead uses clear vegetable stock as the base. It comes with noodles, tofu, vegetables and pieces of pineapple. It’s quite different from the laksa I usually order, but no less tasty for that. If you are in the mood for a normal version, they have that on the menu as well.
Assam Laksa

Assam Laksa


‘Veg Fried Rice’ is the most simple dish to cook but it is important not to make it mushy. The rice grains were separate and had appropriate amount of veggies making it a good dish. If you do not eat eggs, please ensure to tell that while ordering the dish (which I did). The rice tasted nice when paired with the Tom Yam broth along with the satay to munch.
Veg fried rice

Veg fried rice


Chun Tin Road has turned out to be a dining enclave with affordable eats and it is heartening to see that it hosts a vegetarian restaurant. Overall, the food is good – cooked in Chinese wok-style flavours. The restaurant is spacious and can accommodate large groups of people. But it would be great if the service staff understand dietary requirements and are aware of explaining the dish in case queries are asked.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Chinese ★★★
Nearest MRT: Beauty World (Exit B)
Address: 6 Chun Tin Road, Singapore 599593
Timings: Mon-Sun: 10am – 10pm
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Vegetarian Villas – Jurong West St 41

If you are a vegetarian staying in the West side of Singapore then Vegetarian Villas is definitely not a new name for you. It has been on my bucket list for a long time and I finally got a chance to visit this small restaurant situated in a row of HDB shophouses in Jurong West. Even though I had heard of its popularity, I was taken aback by the loyal set of customers who were pouring in on a scorching Sunday afternoon. The place has indoor and outdoor seating. The standard menu is displayed on the wall for you to decide on the options in advance as you wait in the queue to place your order. We reached by 1 pm, by which time most of their items were sold out. Hence it is advisable to reach there by 11.30 am if you are looking to taste all their specials.

Vegetarian Villas

Vegetarian Villas


Vegetarian Villas Menu

Vegetarian Villas Menu

The Orders
For fans of soup, they have a huge DIY section from which you can build you own soup along with their farm-fresh ingredients. Be prepared to find all form of healthy Chinese veggies at this counter. You will also be spoiled for choice looking at the variety of mushrooms and mock meat on this display. This is a fully vegetarian restaurant, so do not be confused with the usage of meat names in their menu.

Vegetarian Villas Soup and Salad Counter

Vegetarian Villas Soup and Salad Counter


From the appetizer section, we ordered the ‘Fried Chicken Nuggets’ which were chewy fritters that paired well with rice. The crispy coating added to the bite and the taste was quite good.
Fried Chicken Nuggets

Fried Chicken Nuggets at $4.80


Vegetarian cuisine has evolved to create successful versions of popular dishes without compromising on the taste. The ‘Veg Nasi Lemak’ served here was quite decent. Out of the served mock meat, the one made with soy was good. The peanuts were crunchy and added texture. The chilli paste served on the side brought the dish together for me.
Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak at $4


Since they had run out of Laksa, we ordered the ‘Claypot Noodles’. The noodles were cooked just tender and had a lot of flavour from the soup base. However, the base itself needed more seasoning and vegetables. A little more spice would have also helped.
Claypot Noodle

Claypot Noodle at $4.30


They have quite a few varieties of health drinks in their freezer. I found the bottled ‘Honey Drink’ to be extremely refreshing and devoid of the overdose of sugar. Worth trying.
Honey drink

Honey drink at $2


Overall I did not dislike any of their items but I will have to visit them again to try their Laksa since I have heard that it is one of their hot-selling items. For their simple food and extremely friendly prices, they are definitely worth visiting if you are in the area.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Vegetarian ★★★1/2
Nearest MRT: Lakeside
Address: 479 Jurong West Street 41, #01-264, Singapore 640479
Timings: Mon-Tue: 10am – 9pm ; Thu-Fri: 10pm – 9pm ; Sat-Sun: 8am – 9pm
Website: https://www.facebook.com/VegetarianVillas/

Happy Life Vegetarian Restaurant

To begin with, here’s wishing all the readers of this blog a very Happy New Year. Work, travel and the holiday mood have kept me busy, but it’s a nice feeling to write a post today. I have missed writing – so here I am with a restaurant review. Singapore has a lot of small food establishments and I came across one such place serving only vegetarian food that opened on the New Year’s Day. They had a flat 20% discount on all items that day which was a nice promo offer. Opened in the Geylang area is this simple and clean place called Happy Life Vegetarian which was filled with colourful bouquets on its opening day. It had a LCD TV hung on the wall which was playing Channel 5. When you order, you are given a token and when your order is ready, your token number flashes on the electronic display. You can then go and pick your food. For a small place, that really caught my attention. Since we had gone for a late lunch, some of the items on the menu were no longer available.

Happy Life Vegetarian

Happy Life Vegetarian

The Orders
We tried the spring rolls for starters. They were OK and barely warm. I would have liked them to be more crisp and warm.They also serve yam rolls but those had gotten over.

Spring rolls

Spring rolls


For the mains, our order was ‘Veg Laksa’ which was quite flavorful. You can choose to have the Laska with a choice of noodles. The quality of the stock was good, but overall it was slightly under seasoned. I would have also liked more vegetables / tofu in it.

Veg laksa

Veg laksa


We also tried the ‘Veg Brown Rice Set’ which came with rice, beans, a soya based “salted fish”, eggplant, and a cucumber salad. All the vegetables were well-seasoned. The eggplant was nicely roasted and the beans acted as a worthy green component in the dish. The highlight for me was the cucumber and mango salad tossed with some peanuts which was absolutely delicious in this set.

Veg brown rice set

Veg brown rice set


Our entire meal cost us $7 (with 20% off included). For me, something new is always worth encouraging. Its nice to have vegetarian places spring up in the neighborhood which just adds to more eating options. And when they are affordable, one is even more deelighted. If you have time, go check them out and have a happy meal 🙂

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Vegetarian ★★★
Nearest MRT: Aljunied
Address: Blk 134, Geylang East Ave 1, #01-219, Singapore 380134
Timings: Mon-Sun: 8am – 8pm
Website: https://www.facebook.com/happylifevegrestaurant

GreenDot – Bedok Outlet

Its always fun when an impromptu outing leads to an unplanned dining out situation. We ended up going to see the newly renovated Bedok Mall which is huge and filled with interesting shops. Basement 1 and 2 are filled with eateries and I chanced upon this interesting name called Greendot in the mall directory. So I headed off to explore the place and landed at this vegetarian eatery. It is a small place with around 12 seats. Currently, they offer a nice combination of set meals priced at $5. This place is also suited for takeaways if you are looking for something on-the-go. As we placed out orders, I noticed that there were some clear labels like ‘No MSG’ and certification by National Environment Agency displayed on the wall.

The Orders
They have a simple menu with limited dishes in the offering. I ordered the ‘Sesame Rice in a Cup’ which had brocolli, tomato, cucumber, beancurd and some soya nuggets placed on the top with the rice at the bottom. These sides went nicely with the rice and I liked the taste of the rice itself. Since I had gone for dinner, I wished that the quantity served would have been a bit more. The iced tea came as good add-on to the dish.

Sesame rice in a cup

Sesame rice in a cup at $5


If you like noodles in a nicely flavoured gravy, then ‘Vegetarian Laksa’ is for you. The broth was good with the gravy-absorbed tofu and mushrooms floating on the brim. The only small complaint that I had was they assumed that everyone eats eggs by default. I wish they had asked if we wanted the dish eggless or with eggs.
Vegetarian Laksa

Vegetarian Laksa at $5


They have three types of interesting burgers that I plan to try next time. The service was quite friendly and they were pepped during service. I am sure they can also come out with some interesting vegan options. When I read about the history of the setting up of this place, the founders wanted to break the monotony in the vegetarian food offered in school canteens and they went ahead in making interesting, meat-free offerings. They have the potential to grow and for that we should be willing to give them a chance.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Vegetarian ★★★
Nearest MRT: Bedok
Address: #B2-27, Bedok Mall
Timings: Mon-Sun: 11 am – 10 pm
Website: http://www.greendot.sg/#