I only wanted to try one of Nature Vegetarian Delights’ dishes because over the Internet, many bloggers have reviewed the restaurant and found it to be one of the best. Here’s the list of places you can find the same restaurant name Nature Vegetarian Delights or 大自然素食 in Chinese, although I’m not sure if these branches constitute to the same food chain and if they still are open:
- No. 37, Teck Chye Terrace, Singapore 545734
- Blk 356, Hougang Ave 7, #01-803, Singapore 530356
- Blk 112, Bukit Purmei Rd, #01-201, Singapore 090112
- No. 24, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 59000
I went to the branch in Serangoon because it’s nearest to our place:
Address: 756 Upper Serangoon Road, #04-26 Upper Serangoon Shopping Centre, Singapore
Contact Number: 62868028
Opening Hours: 9am-9pm daily except Tuesdays
Nearest MRT: Serangoon
How to Go: From Serangoon Central, walk north east and go straight to Upper Serangoon Road. When you see the Paya Lebar Methodist Church, cross the road and straight ahead is the shopping center. All these walking might take you about 10-15 minutes.
Food I Ordered: Claypot Trotters Rice
Situated in a rather old building, I first thought that it was closed when I saw the signboard on the glass in the first floor. I read further and saw another banner in Chinese pointing to their new location–to the fourth floor. Upon entering, I felt a strong Buddhist vibe because of the paintings, sayings and statuettes of Buddha and His teachings mounted on the wall. The restaurant was spacious, designed with thorough simplicity and practicality.
The waitress ushered me to a table and gave me the menu at once. I took pictures of the area first before reading their laminated book-style food menu. What is she, a reporter? she might be thinking deep inside her head. The food came promptly and she asked me if I wanted any dessert or drink. When I said “not this time,” she just left the menu on my table for any chances of following through.
For the record, this claypot trotters rice was my least favorite item among all vegetarian food I ever tasted. Walau-eh! Full of ginger (as you can see in the pictures above) more than the actual mock trotter pieces, it had a punch of medicinal herbs with plenty of vinegar, dark soy sauce and a smack of sugary sweetness. I could not take all but I didn’t want to put it to waste and I already put out the effort of purposely going to Serangoon for it so I had to carry on. I looked at the menu again to see if there’s anything I could add on to balance out my dissatisfaction and redeem my impression on the restaurant. But no, I was full. Let’s leave it at that. The tofu, mushrooms and the mock meat were fine anyway.
Price for Value: ★☆☆☆☆
The meal was one of the most expensive in the list under the “Rice” category. I paid S$5.80 for it, and on a scale of 1-10, my satisfaction rate can only go as far as 1. Sorry. On a positive note, I have tried yet another special delicacy and I could share about it. ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶