Genesis Vegan Restaurant
Location: 115 Owen Road
Opening Hours: Mon-Thur & Sun 9.30am-9pm, Friday 9.30am-3pm. Closed Saturday.
Mint Tea. If I were to describe it in one word it would be intense. They use a dried fresh organic mint leaf from Japan, which has a very strong full bodied mint flavour. Upon drinking, you will immediately feel that almost overwhelming cooling mint flavour travel down your throat. I love it. They also sell large packets of this mint tea for $20.
Price: $3.00. 7/10
Yuba Roll and on the right we have the Dumplings. I thought the dumplings were cooked well overall and I really enjoyed the filling inside. Same can be said about the yuba roll, which had a nice crisp outer skin, with a generous amount of green vegetables in the middle. However, it was the red capsicum dipping sauce (which accompanies both these dishes) that won my heart the most, I think I could literally drink that sauce.
*half portions of each are pictured.
Price: Yuba Roll $5.50. 7/10
Dumplings $6.00. 7/10
Fish Head Vermicelli. Unlike most vegetarian eateries, Genesis actually go to the effort of making their own mock meats. This is good as it will mean that it doesn't have MSG and other harmful chemicals that processed packaged mock meat certainly has. The mock fish texture was very good, and the vermicelli was cooked well. The major thing lacking for me was the lack of flavour of the broth, however. It was very plain, and needed a lot more salt and extra seaweed for a more fishy taste. For those with very light tastebuds, then this would definitely be a dish I recommend. If you have heavier tastebuds, then this dish may leave you feeling somewhat underwhelmed.
Price: $6.90. 6/10
7 Layer Haystack. As the name would suggest, this dish consists of seven layers (including a couple of sauces) all stacked on top of each other. The bottom layer is a flavoured (almost Mexican style) rice, with beans on top. The other layers are salads and I particularly liked the sweet element of the fresh pineapple layer. For my tastebuds, the bean and rice layer needed significantly more salt, especially when eaten in combination with the salad. Stronger spices (such as cumin, ras el hanout) could have been added to the rice and beans also, which would have elevated the taste. Overall though, the ingredients were fresh, and went together very well.
Price: $8.90. 7/10
Brazil Nut Cilantro Pasta. I like the usage of brazil nuts, which give the pasta a very cloying milky taste, with the spaghetti is perfectly coated in this rich sauce. I did find that the salt level was a little low for me, and I am sure typical Singaporeans will bemoan the lack of 'liao' (ingredients) inside. I found the Sundried Tomato Pasta to be better balanced in terms of salt, and had a much more robust multi-dimensional flavour, so overall that one was my favourite.
Price: $8.90. 7/10 (green), 8/10 (red)
*half portions of each are pictured.
Tofu Cheesecake. I've always loved cheesecake, and is something that constantly pains me not being able to eat, after turning vegan. Vegan cheesecake won't be the same as the real thing, but I still loved the creamy dense texture that the tofu was able to achieve. The base (crust) was moist, and went well with the filling. To make it more authentic, more salt and lemon could have been added, but overall this was an excellent way to end the meal.
Price: $4.50. 8/10
Conclusion - The standard of the food at Genesis is as strong as ever, and most of the dishes I thoroughly enjoyed. I must say that the location is probably the worst I have ever seen for a restaurant in Singapore, which is really a pity as the food doesn't deserve to be hidden away in some abandoned side street. Even with the bad location, there were a number of tables occupied over the lunch period when I visited, which is a testament to the back history of good service and food quality that Genesis has accumulated over the years. Lets be proactive and head down to support them at this new location.
Food - 7/10
Service - 7/10
Value - 8/10