The rise of health-conscious diners has inspired many chefs across the island to jazz up their plant-based menus to offer nutritious dishes that taste as good as your usual meat dishes. Here are some offerings that have caught our palate's attention.
1. Origin Grill
“Dining trends are changing and guests are always looking for healthier food that don’t compromise on taste,” says chef Damian Piedrahita, who began concentrating on vegan cooking seven years ago. To cater to this growing demand, the plant-based culinary team at Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, which Piedrahita heads up, has come up with novel offerings across its restaurants. At Origin Grill, you will find This is Nuts, an intriguing dairy-free starter that looks and tastes like camembert cheese but is actually made with cashew nuts. “Traditionally, camembert is eaten with sweet notes,” explains Piedrahita, who has topped it with a thin layer of crunchy caramel and caramelised onions. The dollop of caviar capers offers a tinge of acidity, while the toasted beetroot chip gives the dish a crunchy bite.
(Related: Review: Guilt-free Pleasures At Origin Grill)