Last October, I started to adopt a vegetarian lifestyle. I must admit, that didn't stick for long. But I discovered the pescatarian diet (which means I don't eat meat such as chicken, beef, pork, lamb, etc). Most of my diet consists of vegetables and fish. The vegetable is at the base of my food pyramid and fish would be on the tip of the pyramid.
I didn't have any problem eating out because of the fish diet gives me plenty of choices on the menu. Also, vegetarian restaurants now are more sophisticated. That leaves me a lot of options when dining out. Here are the few vegetarian restaurants that I frequently visit when in Melaka:
Business hour: 10am - 9pm (Closed on Tuesday)
Address: Jalan Kota Laksamana 3/14, Taman Mahajaya, 75200 Melaka
Location: 2.195836, 102.235651
Kuchabe literally translates into "old taste" from Hokkien. As the name suggests, the restaurant serves mainly local Chinese cuisine. My favourite is their porridge. The texture is very fine and it comes with plenty of condiments. Another must-try is their wonton noodle. I really love the deep-fried wonton that is made of pumpkin and tofu. I brought a few friends to this shop and they didn't even notice it is a vegetarian restaurant. The food are presented as how non-vegetarian foods are. Surprisingly, it tastes like non-vegetarian food without those mock-meat soy-based foods.
Business hour: 10am - 10pm (Closed on Wednesday)
Address: 31, Jalan Melaka Raya 8, Taman Melaka Raya, 75000 Melaka
Location: 2.183256, 102.260795
Lutan 21 has been around for quite some time. It's the go-to place for vegetarians when we need some fancy food. You can opt for ala carte servings or order dishes to share. I highly recommend the fried french bean - been thinking about it all the time. I tried to mimic the recipe, but nothing can compare with the actual taste.
Business hour: 10am - 10pm (Closed on Tuesday)
Address: 41&43, Jalan Melaka Raya 8, Taman Melaka Raya, 75000 Melaka
Location: 2.183063, 102.261019
The Botanist is located on the same row as Lutan 21. I'm not sure why we need 2 vegetarian restaurants in that close proximity, but I'm not complaining. The menu is pretty much the same as Kuchabe and Lutan 21 - local food with ala carte and dishes options. I tried the nasi lemak and noodle soup. I find that in terms of taste, it is bland. Although they highly raved that they don't use MSG, the other restaurants also didn't, but taste much better. For benefit of the doubt, I'd still go back to the restaurant because it didn't taste bad - it's just bland. For those who prefer lighter taste, you should try the food here.
Business hour: 11am - 11pm
Address: No.12, 1, Jalan KSB 14, Taman Kota Syahbandar, 75250, Melaka
Location: 2.194279, 102.234874
Solo Cafe isn't a vegetarian restaurant specialty. But it has a special section on their menu that caters to the vegetarian and keto diet, as well as the regular menu. I love this cafe when hanging out with friends because it has everything for everyone. Highly recommended on my list are the portobello mushroom burger, cauliflower fried rice, broccoli fried rice and vegetarian pizza (the base is made of cauliflower). You can be specific with your style of cooking such as no eggs, less oil, etc. because the food are freshly prepared as you order.
These are the vegetarian restaurants that I frequently visit. Of course there are a few other restaurants that I tried, but not too often that I can recommend it. If you should check out other options, below are some worth going:
- Mori Vegetarian Tea House
- Green House Vegetarian Restaurant
- Mun Restaurant at The Touch City, Auyin Hill