The Vegetarian Festival is upon us, and, if you’re anything like us, you’ve spent quite some time circling through town looking for the best venue to celebrate the season. Thankfully, more and more venues are getting savvy and offering veggie-centric options, with everything from vegetarian Thai, Chinese, and Western fare to tofu-based dishes.
So whilst the markets start to bring out the yellow flags and the restaurants start to be awash with vegetarian dishes, let not the buzzwords “vegan” or “vegetarian” scare you. Here are our picks for the best outlets for both vegetarians and carnivores alike to stuff your heart out with veggie-inspired and health-conscious choices.
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Anantara Riverside Bangkok
Three restaurants over at Anantara Siam Bangkok are introducing a variety of sumptuous vegetarian dishes for the nine-day veggie celebration starting from October 9 to October 17. Breakfast enthusiasts can settle for the breakfast buffet at The Market (THB 850++ per person) starting from 6 to 10:30 am. More of a café person? Mull over the special vegan delicacies at Numero Uno Café where you can indulge in handcrafted pastries that are as healthy as they are hearty and delicious. But if you want to make a great night out of the “J” Festival, by all means, go for the International buffet at the Riverside Terrace (THB 1,499++ per person) since they do offer meat-free options as part of the buffet.
Anantara Riverside Bangkok, 257 Charoennakorn Road, Bangkok, +662 476 0022
Vegan Vanguards Pop Up at Haoma
Bringing to us again the freshest take on vegetarian cuisine, the farm-to-table Haoma is teaming up with Bangkok’s leading vegan vanguards like the Broccoli Revolution and Bangkok Vegan NutCheese by BarefoodBangkok in this six-hand dinner created solely to celebrate the “J” Festival. For two nights only, try out the seven-course menu (THB 1, 700++) highlighted with vegan products and organic veggies grown right in Haoma’s aquaponic, hydroponic and compost farm. Each course will be paired with premium mineral water from S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna. But if you prefer juice over water, opt for the juice pairing option (additional of THB 499++) curated by Broccoli Revolution to elevate the whole vegan experience to the fullest.
Haoma, 231/3 Sukhumvit Soi 31 Bangkok, +662 258 4744
Vegetarian Festival 2018 Truffle Edition
Until October 16 this month, Alex Brasserie is ushering in the veggie fest with a truffle-focused vegan menu that will lure you to indulge in the black diamonds known and much-praised for by their musky aroma and flavour. The highlights include the luscious Truffle risotto (THB 499), Cheesy truffle fries with a generous sprinkling of parmesan (THB 199), Creamy truffle pasta cooked to al dente perfection (THB 449) and so much more. But if you are onto something more carby, our one and only suggestion is to go for the Umami-packed truffle pizza (THB 799). Hearty and delicious, you won’t even notice it’s meatless.
Alex Brasserie, Sukhumvit Soi 11, Bangkok, +662 057 3079
Pagoda Chinese Restaurant at Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park
Starting from October 9-17, Pagoda Chinese Restaurant within Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park is set to kick off the vegetarian week with a new menu curated especially for the occasion. Tuck into the scrumptious Cantonese fare (prices start from THB 90++) made from seasonal vegetables and grade-A ingredients like the tri-coloured Xiao Long Bao, steamed Ginkgo and Shiitake dumpling, and the lotus-shaped Chinese pie stuffed with lotus seeds. With pagoda-inspired interior and decoration, the venue also exudes a fine-dining vibe as much as elegance and warmth, perfect for any time day.
Pagoda, Level 4, Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park, 199 Soi Sukhumvit Klong Ton, 22 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, +66 2 059 5999
The China House
Those hankering to experience the best of the Orient, here is one of the best places to do it. Inspired by Shanghai’s legendary Art Deco period, The China House within Mandarin Oriental Bangkok oozes out an old Chinatown charm and vibe that complements both their traditional and contemporary Cantonese dishes so perfectly. For the Vegetarian Festival, the venue also offers a fabulous array of treats such as the China House’s homemade tofu (THB 420) served very simply with roasted eggplant. Don’t miss out on other highlights such as the fried grain noodle, vegetarian Peking duck, Thai satay made out of soy protein strips, and the surprisingly delicious vegetarian abalone.
The China House, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, 48 Oriental Avenue, Bangkok, +662 659 9000