Plant-forward menus: six restaurants that show it works just as well for delivery or takeaway
Plant-forward diets are all about lasting lifestyle changes without necessarily taking out what you love – now for delivery and takeaway.
by Alvin Lim /
June 2, 2020
Ever since the Covid-19 pandemic swept across the world closing airports, workplaces and hospitality, many things have been put on the backburner. That might include your resolution to stick to a diet – particularly a plant-based one. Thankfully, there are restaurants that might be able to help you stick to your resolutions with their plant-forward menu, for delivery and takeaway.
We’ll be reaching halfway into 2020 very soon, and any resolutions made so eagerly last year might have already been postponed to 2021 (or indefinitely). Especially since we’ve got to get everything for takeaway or delivery, the allure of a burger might just be calling stronger than ever – though thankfully, there are vegan and plant-based options available.
But just remember that plant-based diets don’t have to be drastic. Making permanent lifestyle choices like incorporating more greens into meals, rather than eliminating or substituting meat forever, are easier to adhere to than going full cold-turkey on your favourite steaks.
After all, a balanced meal is all about that – balance. There’s no use in thinking that adding some vegetables into your daily regimen means that everything has to be bland or boring. Plant-based food has come a long way since it first became a thing – and in normal times at least, you can always expect to find at least a trendy restaurant or two trying out a plant-based menu. For now though, we’ll have to settle for those that are still serving up the wholesome meals to-go.
Here’s a helpful list of vegetable-forward or plant-based menus from restaurants that have been championing this lifestyle, and are continuing to help us stick with it even through the Covid-19 pandemic.
Since 2009, Wild Honey has been serving up an eclectic selection of all-day breakfasts, including plenty of vegan options so that you’ll never have to say: “Guess I’ll get the fries.” The towering Eden burger features an Impossible meat patty, portobello mushroom and avocado slices with caramelised onion and red pepper jam. Else, their take on eggs benedict swaps out the ham for portobello, spinach, and onion and bell pepper confit – though you’d still have perfectly runny poached eggs and unctuous hollandaise sauce with it. They also have a selection of desserts from vegan ice cream to halva & tahini cookies. And since you’re getting it delivered, why not get some jams, tea or alternative milk to stock your pantry?
Self-styled as a chic culinary and retail space with a focus on lifestyle, SPRMRKT offers up great food and vibes that support local and regional communities. This includes fresh, seasonal menu items from their cafe-style menu with vegetable-forward options, such as nasu (Japanese eggplant) done two ways served alongside a honey yoghurt dip. We’re especially fond of the grilled Hamachi collar that comes with a deliciously savoury caper- and anchovy-infused burnt butter dressing. Hey, plant-forward just means getting a majority of your calories from vegetables – and with meats like these, who’s complaining? Finish the meal with a fine selection of desserts and drinks, like spiked fruit sodas, vegan chocolate cake and the ever-trendy burnt cheesecake. For other fresh, local produce, look to SPRMRKT’s grocery section – you’d be supporting local farms at the same time as well.
Started by nutritionist Dana Heather, the Living Cafe is all about organic, fresh food. This includes a healthy dose of raw food, so expect plenty of salads, bowls and everything else in between. All said though, they do have some forms of meat: just don’t expect any red meat or cow dairy here. Think more along the lines of daikon and carrot zoodles topped with heart-healthy pan-fried salmon or raw pizza, where the base is composed of dehydrated veggies for that obligatory crunch and topped off with macadamia cheese sauce, cashew mayo and roasted broccoli and mushrooms. Other offerings include vegan power balls, antibiotic-free chicken broth and jars of their pesto or kimchi for the home: suitable for practitioners of vegan, keto or the Mediterranean diet.
No prizes for guessing what Project Acai is all about. Their acai bowls use only organic, sustainably harvested Sambazon acai berries. They are blended in small batches for freshness and quality, and are prized for their rich nutrient and vitamin density: high in omega 3 and 6, a great source of antioxidants and essential fats, these berries are a great supplement to any plant-based diet. Of course, they also taste pretty great, especially when blended with other plant-forward ingredients like cacao nibs, chia seeds and nut butters which each come with their own set of nutritional benefits. Along with their acai bowls and smoothies, Project Acai offers cafe-esque staples like avo toast and oat milk lattes.
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Afterglow’s version of the plant-based is a tad stricter than others in this round-up: it’s completely meat- and animal product-free. More than just your usual meat-substituted dishes, expect a mix of raw and warm mains as well as brunch plates. These dishes are composed of fresh local produce, and are influenced by a variety of cuisines local and international: they’ve got kimchi avocado rolls; a selection of classic vegan dips like hummus and guacamole; and raw crispy lasagne, swapping out pasta noodles, tomato-based meat sauce and bechamel for zucchini sheets, dehydrated cherry tomatoes, marinated baby spinach, walnut ‘minced meat’ and cashew cream cheese. And if you’re having trouble sticking to your plant-forward diet, give Afterglow’s meal plan a shot: they serve two plant-based bentos a day for up to fifteen days at a time, taking the stress out of the diet.
Spice up your plant-based delivery rota with, well, roti, thanks to Mr Biryani’s newly launched vegan menu. Specialising in Hyderabadi dhum biryani, chef owner Govinda Rajan has now remade his well-loved dishes with plant-based ingredients, so that vegans and vegetarians alike can also enjoy his deliciously spicy food. What else can we recommend but his signature Hyderabadi dhum biryani, with brinjal or an array of green veg and lentils as the ‘meat’ slow-cooked in a sealed pot of spices. Expect other time-honoured favourites substituted with tofu, as well as tandoori or garlic roti as an appropriate vehicle for (far too much) of the deliciously piquant gravy.