Here’s an old joke—how can you tell if someone’s a vegan? Don’t worry, they will tell you. Joke’s over but brother, do I have a vegan restaurant in Singapore to tell you about.
Called HRVST because of the shortage of vowels (haha, I kid), this vegan establishment is helmed by chefs Addis Tan and Dylan Choong, who are on a mission to dispel the social stigma of being vegan with a menu that even a carnivore will appreciate. From bar snacks like the twice-cooked spuds (crispy outside and moist middle) to the mains like the orange-glazed grilled tofu on a healthy spread of peanut butter on sourdough bread, the dishes were not boring, I’ll give it that.
The pumpkin gnocchi in tom yum broth really clinched it for me; the broth gave it enough of a kick with a sweetness that doesn’t overpower, but the texture of the gnocchi was slightly off. It was chewy with a middle that didn’t yield much, but that didn’t become too much of an issue as I cleared the bowl. Vegans get a bad rap for their proselytising. While they do have a point that eschewing meat and animal products can be beneficial in the long run, the focus of the food is the flavour—make it tasty and the morality of not eating meat will follow on its own time.
If the meals at HRVST are anything to go by, I wouldn’t mind converting.
Top image: Purple cabbage steak, confit cherry tomatoes, garden salad, fried chickpea and green wasabi puree
HRVST, Kilter Avenue, #05-01 OUE Downtown Gallery, 6A Shenton Way. For reservations and inquiries, call 6920 7500.