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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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|