Asking some people to become vegetarian can instantly elicit a display of hidden rubber-faced talents that could rival Jim Carey or give rise to insipid visions of chowing down boring salads and cardboard-like wafers. But what about attempting to go vegetarian for just one (tasty) meal? Plus, there will be a range of cuisines like French, Balinese, Italian, Mediterranean and Indian to choose from.
With the inaugural Gourmet Greens Week presented by natural artesian water FIJI Water and dining reservation site Chope from 23 to 29 November, there is no better time to enjoy a vegetarian meal. Just imagine a vegetarian version of Restaurant Week at $30 for a 3-course set lunch and $45 for a 4-course dinner. Each diner who opts for the Gourmet Greens Week menu will also get a complimentary bottle of FIJI Water to complement the meal.
Cannot quite imagine what kind of dishes will be available? Let this cow share his experience of grazing at some of the participating restaurants and their dishes. Because cows are naturally experts at eating
grass vegetables. Moohehe.
Afterglow at Keong Saik Road offers this lovely Asian Kale Salad with Sesame Oil & Ginger Vinaigrette. A medley of different textures and flavours, this wholesome salad beams natural goodness without the use of any processed ingredients.
Next up we headed to Neon Pigeon, an uber cool modern urban Izakaya in Bukit Pasoh. The Miso Roasted Pumpkin Rice with Sugar Snap Peas, Crispy Garlic and Egg Yolk might sound simple but it works. In fact, it charms. I love how the sweetness of the peas contrasted against the savoury miso and the punchy garlic chips. The yolk, when stirred into the rice, binds everything together for a smooth, flavoursome dish.
I think with Gourmet Greens Week, vegetarians will have a ball of a time trying out new restaurants while nudging their non-vegetarians friends to challenge themselves in discovering that a vegetarian meal can be tasty, innovative and substantial at the same time. One doesn't need to be a cow to enjoy grazing on greens lah! Moohehe.
There will be a total of 17 participating restaurants including the ones mentioned above plus Absinthe, Blue Bali, Burlamacco, Highlander (Chijmes), Humpback, Original Sin, Oso Ristorante, Tandoor and Sopra Cucina & Bar etc. After having tasted two really memorable vegetable dishes cooked with finesse at an earlier separate visit to Humpback, I reckon their Gourmet Greens Week menu will be one to look out for.
Reservations for Gourmet Greens Week are only available online via Chope.
Thanks to Food News PR for the invitation.
Gourmet Greens Week
23 to 29 November 2015
Chew On This: Stand to win $1000 worth of dining vouchers when you upload a photo of your Gourmet Greens Week experience, hashtagging #GourmetGreensWeek and following @FIJIWaterSG and @ChopeSG.