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Thinking of going meat-free this Vesak Day? Here are some restaurants that offer delicious and healthy meals as well as takeaway and delivery options

Vesak Day is finally here and Buddhists around the world are preparing to celebrate the incredible life of Buddha. It is also the day that many Buddhists typically abstain from eating meat in order to reduce the number of animals that have to be killed for food.

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Unfortunately, due to the Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) that Singapore is currently in, we will not be allowed to dine out or attend communal meals at Buddhist temples as usual. 

If you are planning to go vegetarian or vegan for this holiday, here are some plant-based restaurants and cafes that offer delicious meals, convenient takeaways and delivery options.

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Pano Kato

Pano Kato is a Greek Mediterranean restaurant located inside the House of Anli which is a furniture store. While they do serve meat, they also have a huge variety of vegan or vegetarian dishes on their menu that are clearly marked out so that there is no confusion. 

Try out their creamy vegetarian burrata or their house-made vegetarian dips for a fantastic appetiser. You can then move on to their scrumptious mains which include a crispy Greek quiche, grilled halloumi and more. Click here to order. 

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The Living Cafe

Tucked away in the middle of Bukit Timah is the Living Cafe, a cosy space that specialises in organic produce that is free from preservatives, refined sugar, dairy or red meat. They firmly believe in health and well-being which makes this a perfect spot to check out if you are looking for a vegetarian meal this Vesak Day.

For a hearty and wholesome meal, check out their creamy vegan dahl which comes with sweet potato and curry leaf coconut chutney. If you are looking to eat cleaner, you can also go for their tempeh Buddha bowl which is full of sweet potato, crunchy purple cabbage, avocado and housemade kimchi. 

If you are ordering a meal for your entire family, you can also take advantage of their food bundles which cater for between two to five people. Click here to order.

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Little Farms

Little Farms is well known for being part grocery store and part cafe. They have fresh produce and use all-natural ingredients in all their dishes. They also have a wide variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes if you are choosing to go vegetarian for Vesak Day. 

Check out their crunchy and healthy tempeh salads or their vegetarian baked beans for a tasty treat over the public holiday. Click here to order.

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Afterglow is a quiet and peaceful cafe that serves up an entirely plant-based menu. Their food is free from refined sugar, eggs, artificial sweeteners and dairy and they make almost everything from scratch. 

This Vesak Day, stay home and stay healthy by ordering some of their delicious meals such as their crunchy avocado kimchi rolls, their lentil flaxseed nuggets or if you are feeling especially hungry, their cauliflower steak with sweet potato mash which is sure to hit the spot. 

Afterglow is also famous for their delicious and healthy desserts such as their acai bowls and raw 'cheese' cakes so make sure you grab one while you're ordering your meal. Click here to order.

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Real Food

Just like its name suggests, Real Food is all about providing its consumers with real food that is vegan and gluten-free.

Try their sweet pumpkin pancakes which comes with mashed organic pumpkin, seasonal fruits and a berry coulis for a sweet treat in the morning.

If you are looking for something more savoury, their scrambled tofu with broccoli which comes with gluten-free sourdough toast is the perfect meal to complete your day. Click here to order

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