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Annalakshmi

Pay what you want at this buffet (daily 11am-3pm;  Tue-Sun, eve of and PH 6-10pm). Like sister restaurant  Annalakshmi Janatha, all proceeds go to the Temple  of Fine Arts. Here, vegetarian dining is a cultural  experience, not just a culinary one—you’ll feel it in  the ambience and service. So enjoy the dosai and  oothappam (rice and lentil pancakes) while giving as  much as you can.  #01-04 Central Square, 20 Havelock Road.  Tel: 6339 9993

Classic Lao Di Fang  Vegetarian Restaurant

The a la carte buffet’s good for dim sum, like meatless  xiao long bao and beancurd fries; and the Nyonya  mock fish and sweet potato leaves with sambal. Things  to note: a minimum of four pax to dine ($15.90+, Mon-Fri 11am-3pm; $18.90+, Sat-Sun, eve of and PH 11am-3pm; $19.90+, Mon-Thu 5.30-9.30pm; $22.90+, Fri-Sun, eve of and PH 5.30-9.30pm); and an additional $1  applies on the first and 15th day of the lunar calendar.  #B1-12 Park Mall, 9 Penang Road. Tel: 6535 2513 /  6533 8959

Gopal’s Vegetarian  Restaurant

Strictly no onions or garlic used. The nightly dinner  buffet ($11.90, daily 6pm-late) offers up mock mutton  curry, vegetable curry, and unlimited chapatti to  customers. The menu’s an easy read for those  unfamiliar with Indian dish names. Call before going as  opening hours can be erratic.  517 Serangoon Rd. Tel: 9853 3353

Graces Court Cuisine

The a la carte buffet lunch ($15++, Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm; $16++, Sat-Sun, PH, first and 15th day of lunar  calendar) comprises unlimited items like braised taro,  vegetarian assam ‘fish’, and tom yam pumpkin. Premium  items like the monkey head mushroom with shredded  ginger, cereal ‘prawn’, and deep fried mixed fruit roll, are  limited to two servings only.  #02-03 Hotel Royal @ Queens, 12 Queen Street.  Tel: 6238 5085

LingZhi Vegetarian

This 23-year-old restaurant uses only the day’s freshest  ingredients so there’s no set menu. You’ll find a  selection of dim sum with their mushroom hotpot buffet  (11am-3pm, Mon-Thu $22.80++, Fri-Sun, eve of & PH  $24.80++; 6-10pm, Mon-Thu $24.80++, Fri-Sun, eve of  & PH $26.80++, min. two to dine). Choose from clear  vegetable soup, spicy and sour tom yum, or a weekly  special soup (additional $2/pax) like a cooling papaya  yam which also improves digestion.  #03-09/10 Velocity@Novena Square, 238 Thomson  Road. Tel: 6538 2992

Lotus Vegetarian

It’s hard to generalise that vegetarian restaurants offer  less variety when this born-in-Taiwan restaurant serves  both a steamboat buffet ($18.80++, Mon-Thu 11.30am-3pm; $22.80++, Mon-Thu 6-10pm) and an Asian buffet  ($22.80++, Fri 11.30am-3pm; $24.80++, Sat-Sun and  PH 11.30am-3pm, Fri-Sun and PH 6-10pm). Enjoy  home-style brewed soup bases in spicy Szechuan and Chinese herbal and over 70 items to choose from,  including dim sum.  Level 2 Quality Hotel Marlow, 201 Balestier Road.  Tel: 6254 0091

Song of India  

At this upscale restaurant, lunch ($38++, Mon-Sat  12pm-3pm) and brunch ($48++, Sun 12pm-3pm)  include four to five vegetarian items, clearly indicated  on the buffet placards. On rotation: blue cheese naan,  vegetable biryani, fried okra, paneer in gravy, aloo and  kulfi; Sunday brunch includes a live station which doles  out apom, chaat or chole bhature, and more dishes to  choose from.  33 Scotts Road. Tel: 6836 0055

Tiffin Room  

At this colonial-style restaurant, the all-curry Northern  Indian buffet ($60++, daily 12pm-2pm; $75++, daily  7-10pm) includes a good portion of vegetable curries  alongside a salad section with varied condiments like  coconut chutney. Try the dahi kebab, a deep fried  yoghurt dumpling, or fresh cheese naan that goes with  the vegetable curries. For dessert, the gulab jamun, fried milk dumpling with saffron sugar syrup, will be a treat.  Raffles Hotel, 1 Beach Street. Tel: 6412 1816

Xin Man Yuan Vegetarian  Restaurant

The lunch buffet (daily 11am-2.30pm; $18.80++, Mon-Fri; $23.80++, Sat-Sun & PH) comes with a selection of  dim sum like barbecue gluten puff pastry and delicate  chestnut siew mai. You’ll also find rice and noodle dishes,  curry, vegetables, and desserts like almond cream,  green/red bean soup, ice-cream and eggless cakes.  #03-32 People’s Park Centre, 101 Upper Cross St.  Tel: 6438 0048 / 6536 5517

Yantra  

Relax in the chic restaurant and partake in inventive  dishes which include vegetarian options broccoli cheese  tikki, Delhi papdi chaat, tandoori gobhi (cauliflower) and  vegetable makhni. As you savour your lunch ($25++,Mon-Thu 12pm-3pm; $30++, Fri-Sat 12pm-3pm; $49++,  Sun 12pm-3pm), watch chefs prepare fare through the  open concept kitchen which displays four large custom-made  tandoors. #01-28/33 Tanglin Mall, 163 Tanglin Rd. Tel: 6836 3088