Sufood – Taiwanese Vegetarian Restaurant Sells ‘Italian’ Food
Taiwan has always been known for being vegetarian friendly for its variety of vegetarian food available. Sufood, a meat-free dining concept hailing from Taiwan, has become quite popular among vegetarian (and even non-vegetarian) friends at Raffles City.
The 140-seat veggie diner is Sufood’s first outlet outside of Taiwan, a collaboration with local Heng Hwa restaurant Putien.
While some may come expecting Chinese cuisine or even mock ‘meat’ dishes, you will find none of those.
The menu follows very closely to Taiwan’s offerings, having mainly Italian-inspired set menus at $25++ for a full 8-course meal. (Sets in Taiwan are at NT$438, SGD$18.30). Express set lunch is at $18++ per person.
This is a very good deal considering this is prime location Raffles City, and the full-serviced restaurant doesn’t look cheap at all. Décor comes in an elegant classy white, the type that you may expect high-tea to be served.
A la carte dishes are also available at your preference, $12.80 for an extra main course; a starter or soup at $5.80; a salad at $7.80; and a dessert or drink is priced at $4.80 per item. Again, very reasonable considered most salad bars are selling greens at more than $10 per bowl.
Some of the signature mains are the golden baked Star Pizza, Baked Potato Al Funghi, and Porchini Pasta. Other choices include a vegetable Calzone, Pita Pockets, Macaroni Alfredo Casserole and Spaghetti Pesto.
My main consisting of both Baked Potato and Al Funghi was decent and rather filling. Chef explained that having two components add variety, allows diners to fell full and satisfied. I like the potato portion, baked yet covered with a layer of mashed potatoes, with fillings of sautéed tomatoes and mushrooms (which may feel meaty.)
Most of the food dishes healthy, or too healthy of those who are used to heavy-tasting foods in Singapore. No artificial flavourings or MSG – therefore all very plain and light.
Another on the table was looking for salt, there was none on the table. You have to specifically ask for it. From a health point of view, a good move.
My main gripe is the dishes need variety and dimension in taste. After a mushroom salad, baked mushroom, mushroom pasta, I got funghi-ed. “Mushrooms again?” I wondered what would happen if I am a vegetarian who am not that fond of fungi?
Similarly, the person next to me probably got cheesed-out (in another way) because the casserole proved to be too greasy and cheesy.
With the pricing, chic decor and sincere Taiwanese style of service, Sufood is possible to check out, even if you may be used to meat dishes. Just pick the right dishes, with a variety, and share.
#02-19 Raffles City, 252 Bridge Road, Singapore 179103 (City Hall MRT)
Tel: +65 63335338
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 4.30pm; 5.50pm – 10.30pm Daily
January 08, 2018