Brownice Italian Bistro (Part 1)

When you head back to the same restaurant for the fourth time in four weeks, there's only one thing that you can be certain of. With the most delicious food, amazing ambiance and cheerful staffs, there's nothing unsatisfactory about this eatery.

Vegans are also able to dine here without having to worry if their dishes would contain egg or dairy because at Brownice, they serve only 100% animal-product-free meals. Being a vegan myself, I always tend to be worry if my food will contain any animal products when dining at a restaurant that is not completely vegan.

Especially in Singapore, not many would be familiar with the term 'vegan', but 'vegetarian' is easily understood among many. The only downside is the fact that vegetarians consume eggs and dairy, so when dining out, most waiter/waitress tend to turn a blind eye on these ingredients, unless you specifically tell them that you don't take eggs or dairy.

At Brownice, you will be spoilt for choice. Even for someone like me, who has scanned through their menu a thousand times, I will still end up taking a long time to decide on what to eat. Whenever I head back, I would order a dish that I have never tried before (just to make sure I tried every single item on their menu)

On the bright side, I get to write this lengthy review and show you what Brownice has to offer :)

For starters, I tried their Truffle Mushroom Bruschetta. I have never tried truffled-anything except for truffle fries, so this was a really good combination to me :) 

Pizzas - who hates them? This was their Sicilian 'tuna' pizza, which was filled with tomatoes, olives, red capsicums, chick pea 'tuna' and vegan cheese. I love that Brownice's pizzas are thin crust and does not have a greasy feel to it. Most pizza joints have really greasy pizza and makes you feel heavy after, but I managed to finish one whole pizza at Brownice myself.

I have also tried their Verdure pizza, which is basically tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, capers, red capsicum and vegan cheese. Slightly similar to the Sicilian tuna, except without the 'tuna'. Just all vegetables.

My mum hates the taste and smell of cheese and she will always count herself out if there is pizza on the table. When I told her that vegan cheese does not have such a strong and distinct taste like regular cheese, she did not regret giving it a try :) See, even non-vegans can enjoy vegan food too!

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Next up - Pumpkin Fusilli (My mum ordered this that night) A rather simple dish combining both the pasta and pumpkin sauce together. Not creamy, rather light taste to it. Does not have a distinct pumpkin taste, so non-pumpkin-lovers can also give this a try.

This is pictured on another day when I headed to Brownice with Ning (@chocolatexdiaries) during the Singapore Election weekend. The store was rather empty that night, and we managed to talk and have a lovely night. A few months ago, Ning asked me if I knew of any healthy cafes that she could work at.

At that point, I have yet to give Brownice a try, but I still recommended her to give the interview a shot. Glad she did because she's not loving her job :) That was also when I decided to push myself to head to Brownice and try it for once. Glad we both made the right decisions ;)

Pictured here: Regular fries - the name tells you all, nothing special.

Creamy Tomato Gnocchi - This was Ning's dish. She did not like the garlic in it (silly her told the waitress that she's okay with garlic when she isn't....). I tried a little bit of it, and I didn't really fancy it. I just thought it was pretty okay.

Penne Norma - Again, another simple dish. Pasta tossed with black olives, button mushroom, red capsicums and chick peas. Tasted like home cooked pasta. Rather satisfying and was perfect for me since I didn't want to have anything 'fancy' that night.

For dessert, I had Mudpie Ice Cream Cake. Ning told me the base is made up of nuts and date. It has a really thin base with 2 different ice cream layered on top of another. If you are a chocolate lover, you will love this. I found it a bit too rich after a while.. Probably because I had it alone, so I will recommend you to share this with someone.

The week after, I headed down to Brownice again with my entire family (sharing the love of vegan food hehe) and I shall write it down in another post else, this would be too lengthy! Watch this space xx

Brownice Italian Bistro
53 East Coast Road

Loving Hut

When I came across 'Loving Hut' at Joo Chiat, I was really excited to try it out. Finally a vegan cafe in the East!! No need to travel all the way to living cafe or real foods, located at the other end of Singapore!

I was surprised to see that they have joined the 'Healthier Dinning Programme' by the Health Promotion Board, encouraging customers to consume lower calorie foods. Not saying that we should not be aware of what we eat, after all, you are what you eat. But, counting calories isn't healthy. Stay clear of animal produce and you are safe :) Moving on..

I really love the cafe layout and concept. It's nicely furnished and decorated, giving off the cosy vibe. A great place to chill and hang out with your friends.

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And when you step into the cafe...

All of the dishes in Loving Hut restaurants are purely plant-based (vegan), lovingly prepared, and served in a beautiful, friendly and tranquil atmosphere.

Yup, purely plant-based. THIS IS LIFE. I don't even have to worry if my food contains any egg or dairy!

Rose Lemon Water

Refreshing and lemon-y! Perfect drink for Singapore's humid weather and of course, you can never forget...

Thai Young Coconut

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I can't recall what this dish is called... but I remember a 'three' and a 'chicken' in it (yikes, short term memory) :P Bascially the 'chicken' is made from mock meat. It was well marinated, wasn't too salty, but nothing fancy.

And of course, my dad had to go for his favourite nyonalaksa. This dish is under the healthier dining programme if I didn't remember wrongly. From what it tasted like, it's probably made from coconut milk/cream. It's quite a huge portion as well. Really great tasting laksa. Tastes like the laksa bowls you can get easily from the hawker! You won't even realise it's vegetarian :)

Since I'm on a high carb low fat vegan diet, the only dish that would suit me is the red kidney bean quinoa burger. It was rather interesting how they combined the two together. Tasted great too! Slightly spicy tho.. might be from the herbs they put inside the patty. There was also a cheeky onion ring smashed between the bun and patty ;)

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Not really a fan of fries (unless i make my own potato fries), so I shared it with my Dad.

Near the cashier, there's this huge shelve stocked with vegetarian and vegan snack options. There were also vegan beer and beauty products that are not easily found in your local supermarkets.

Overall, it was a great experience at Loving Hut. It's a fusion of peranakan and western cuisine. I wouldn't say it's the healthiest, but Loving Hut proves that being vegan/vegetarian is not all about eating fruits and vegetables. Vegans are also able to enjoy western cusines, but of course eat all food in moderation :)

If you're vegan and always have trouble finding a place to dine at with your friends, bring them over to Loving Hut. Their impression of a vegan lifestyle will change :)

Loving Hut

229 Joo Chiat Road #01-01 Singapore 427489

Tel: +65 6348 6318 (Reservation Mon-Thur / Takeaway order)

Opens Daily  11am – 9:15pm

(No reservations on Fri/Sat/Sun/PH)

Cash / Visa Card / Master card are accepted in restaurant

Hearty Vegan Finds in Singapore

A vegan, let alone a vegetarian cafe along the streets of Singapore is such a rare sight as compared to countries such as Thailand and Taiwan. It will be easier to find vegetarian stores in hawker centres or coffee shops, but I can guarantee that the food sold there will be dumped in oil, and most of the time reeeeally salty. It's like your typical economic mixed rice store where you choose 3 dishes with rice/noodles. And I hate how I'm unable to request for "less oil and salt" because they cook the food in bulk. Therefore, such stores are a no-go for me. Therefore, I decided to start this 'series' on my blog, where I'll be blogging/reviewing the various vegan/vegetarian restaurants that I've been to. I thought it'll be a great way to spread the vegan message here in Singapore :)

If you've any recommendations/suggestions of places for me to try, feel free to leave a comment or drop me an email. It'll be my pleasure to head down and give me honest thoughts and reviews hehe.

The first place that i'd be blogging about is....

Stay tuned ;)