From just two humble school canteen stalls operating out of Temasek Polytechnic and Chung Cheng High School (Main), Greendot has over the years morphed into a sizeable F&B enterprise best known for serving up affordable vegetarian fare; despite presently overseeing more than 10 restaurants scattered across various shopping malls, it continues to expand at a blistering pace through franchising arrangements.

Greendot's unflinching approach towards food ("Eat Green, Feel Good") appears seemingly straightforward, yet in reality exacts tedious research and choreography. Its meat-free menu which is premised on 'homely' culinary techniques revolves significantly around premium soy ingredients, assorted greens, medicinal mushrooms and zero-calorie Konnyaku jelly. Nourish while at the same time scintillate? That's quite a tall order. Sufficiently curious about whether them folks were indeed capable of devising nutritious, legitimately scrumptious vegan meals, we therefore decided to swing by their Bedok Mall outlet unannounced for a proper review of affairs.

What knocked our socks off:

The prettily arrayed Signature Lion Mane Mushroom Rendang With Turmeric Rice was a dead ringer for the classic nasi biryani dish: comfortingly thick curry sauce slathered over stringy, chewy mushrooms (these could have easily passed off as mock chicken) paired perfectly with fragrant immune-boosting yellow grains, crispy papadum and suitably pickled vegetable sticks - not entirely healthy scran, but still considerably less sinful than the real deal.

Signature Lion Mane Mushroom Rendang With Turmeric Rice ($8.90)

Next, we settled on a herbal soup base to accompany the Hotpot Set With Brown Rice ordered (laksa and miso flavours also available), and came away duly impressed. Brewed using ten different kinds of herbs, this potent concoction took no prisoners; elemental, uncloying sweetness summoned tinged contents within (mushrooms, tomatoes, beancurd skin, Chinese cabbage, green frisee) and gratified palates plenty - not forgetting a rejuvenating warmth being deposited inside tummies thereafter. If you must know, our livers and kidneys probably grinned too.

Single Person Hotpot Set With Brown Rice ($10.90)

Additionally, the Konnyaku Ball Mee Pok With Fried Mixed Vegetable Gyoza convinced as an analogue of the traditional minced pork noodles version: formidably spiced strands articulated much spring against savory soya bits, bouncy konnyaku 'fishballs' plus two wholesome dumplings stuffed with fried cabbage and shiitake mushrooms. A proliferation of sterile tasting beansprouts however didn't make any sense, or are we missing something here?

Konnyaku Ball Mee Pok With Fried Mixed Vegetable Gyoza ($8.90)

Other items sampled but turned out to be non-events:

Forest Arugula Portobello Mushroom Burger ($16.90)

Mixed Mushroom Dry Handmade Noodles ($7.90)

Note: Prices subject to change without prior notice. Kindly clarify with restaurant before visiting or ordering.


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Score: 8.6/10

Locations

Bedok Mall Bugis Junction Junction 8 NEX
311 New Upper Changi Road, 80 Middle Road, 9 Bishan Place, 23 Serangoon Central,
#B2 -31/32 #01-71/72 #B1-24/24A #02-K2/K3/K4
Singapore 467360 Singapore 188021 Singapore 579837 Singapore 556083

Northpoint City One Raffles Place Paya Lebar Square Plaza Singapura
930 Yishun Ave 2, 1 Raffles Place, 60 Paya Lebar Road, 68 Orchard Road,
#01-47 #03-23/24/25 #02-15/16/17 #B2-52/54
Singapore 769098 Singapore 048616 Singapore 409051 Singapore 238839
Star Vista Vivo City Westgate Mapletree Business City
1 Vista Exchange Green, 1 Harbourfront Walk, 3 Gateway Drive, 20 Pasir Panjang Road,
#01-33 #02-150 #01-06 #02-21 (Kitchen Loft)
Singapore 138617 Singapore 098585 Singapore 608532 Singapore 117439

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