Saturday, December 29, 2012
Whole Earth, a place for vegetarian Peranakan and Thai food
One fine evening, I met up with one of my good friends, Mystic, for dinner. We did not have any place in mind for dinner. Somehow, without much conscious thought, our feet led us to the Whole Earth, Peranakan Thai Vegetarian Restaurant.
This is possibly the place to consider for vegetarian who would like to Peranakan or Thai flavour to their food.
As Mystic and myself had relatively small appetite that evening, we decided to share a plate of Signature Olive Brown Rice and the restaurant's best-selling Oatmeal Tofu. When I was doing a quick scan of the food that others had ordered, almost everyone who was at the restaurant had ordered a plate of Oatmeal Tofu! That led to me urging my friend to order a plate of the Oatmeal Tofu too. A plate of Oatmeal Tofu costs $15 per plate. It has a fragrant smell and I quite like the oatmeal on the tofu. However, I do find it a bit overpriced.
The Signature Olive Brown Rice was in comparison more value-for-money. At $7 per plate, each grain of brown rice tasted heavenly such that I could happily chew each grain of rice at one single time. This is one of those brown rice that I had tasted that had left in me such a positive impression. Mystic felt the Olive Brown Rice was slightly on the oily side. While I did notice it was on the oily side, somehow the taste of the brown rice made me overlooked the slight flaw of the dish.
My friend and I were probably in the mood for healthy drinks. Both of us ordered a glass of 90-minute Lemongrass (hot) for each of ourselves. I read from the menu that "lemongrass is great for detoxification of the body as it improves digestion, calms the nerves and keeps the eyes and skin healthy. Citral, the active ingredient in lemon grass tea, is a wonder cleanser." Each glass costs $5.50.
The food was pleasing and the company was good!
I am hesitant whether to visit Whole Earth on a regular basis however. For a plate of Signature Olive Brown Rice, a plate of Oatmeal Tofu and two glasses of 90-minute Lemongrass (hot), our total bill came up to $40.05. I would prefer a meal that is more economic in its price range. Maybe the next time if I were to visit this place, I would just order the Signature Olive Brown Rice.
Nevertheless, this is still one place to consider for a healthy alternative for vegetarians, vegans and anyone else. This place does not serve mock food. I thought that it was quite a brilliant idea. The general ambience of the restaurant is clean and neat. We saw a group dining away. This looks like a good place for group gatherings too.
Whole Earth Vegetarian
76 Peck Seah St
(Tanjong Pagar MRT station, Exit A)
Lunch: 11:30am to 3pm (last order at 2:30pm)
Dinner: 5:30 to 10pm (last order at 9:15pm)