The plant-based way of eating is now firmly entrenched in the global dining scene, and Malaysia is slowly but surely catching up. Here’s a list of vegan eateries that would tempt even the most devoted of meat-eaters – just in time for Veganuary!
Barat is a vegetarian restaurant offering Mediterranean-influenced cuisine. The menu comprises plant-based salads, soups, tapas, pizza and pasta; and they are able to veganise dishes so let them know when your order.
Everything is made from scratch using fresh produce, and the combinations of ingredients, while deceptively simple, really do work, e.g. cauliflower soup with blue cheese and the pistachio Carbonara with sundried tomatoes. This is the ideal option for a vegan dinner in the quieter part of Bangsar. They even do a 12 course degustation menu!
Looking for an eatery that will satisfy everyone’s palate? From meat-eaters and vegetarians to vegans (raw included) and gluten-free, Paleo/Keto-friendly options. This is one of the best flexitarian eateries in town, and has a succinct and delicious menu offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, and a great selection of delicious (healthy) cakes. There are hints of Middle Eastern flavours, wholesome comfort food and hearty salads. Smoothies, kombucha, Kefir Sodas and fresh juices round up the menu.
Another plant-based eatery in Bangsar, this casual Indian restaurant has what could be the most unique names for a vegan/vegetarian eatery! The ‘F’ stands for food naturally; and the menu here is filled with vegetarian dishes that can easily be veganised or made without onion and garlic.
Come here with an empty stomach because portions are generous and between the hearty flatbreads, delicious starters (their variety of chaats is reason enough to go!), curries, dhals and sizzler plates, you’ll walk out feeling very satisfied.
Photo: Good Meals
Chinese vegetarian food is common enough with its many mock meat and tofu dishes; but vegan options aren’t as easy to find. Good Meals are a vegan restaurant run by the same people behind Real Food in Mont Kiara.
Everything here is made from scratch in-house using organic ingredients, fresh local produce, and fermented food without artificial additives, flavouring and preservatives. They have a selection of dim sum, soups (tom yam seems to the go), noodle dishes, yeast-free sourdough buns, organic herbal teas and much more. Note: last dinner orders are at 8.30pm.
This chain of organic vegetarian restaurants has enough vegan options to keep you coming back for more. With several locations throughout the city in all the major shopping centres (and even at KLIA 2!), the menu is a winning combination of rice and noodle sets, salads, soups, pasta, smoothie bowls, and tofu and vegetable based appetisers.
Everything is reasonably priced, curries are made with soy milk, only brown rice and vermicelli are used and most of the ingredients are organic. What it may lack in ambience (being shopping centre restaurants), it makes up for in taste and wholesome eating. They also stock a wide range of organic products and produce.
Header image credit: @ssayang.vegan