Teng Bespoke Vegetarian Dining

Type of Institution: Vegetarian

Address: Sunshine Plaza, 91 Bencoolen Street, #01-50, Singapore 189652
Tel: +65 6337 7050
Website: N.A.

Opening Hours: Sun – Mon 11.30 am – 3 pm (last order at 2.30 pm, restaurant closes sharp at 3 pm), 5.30 pm – 10 pm (last order at 9.30 pm, restaurant closes sharp at 10 pm)

Overall: 8.3/10

Teng is a Japanese vegetarian restaurant opened last year in Sunshine Plaza that is similar in concept to Herbivore just across the road – think vegetarian / vegan replicas of mostly common Japanese dishes (along with some Singaporean Chinese dishes) and simple, pleasant deco. No eggs, onion or garlic are used but dairy is used – in particular, vegans should watch out for mayo in the sushi. Service was efficient and helpful.

Japanese Yam

Teng Bespoke Vegetarian DiningSlices of crunchy, subtly sweet, raw Japanese yam, served with a light shoyu-based sauce and topped with seaweed, made for a light and refreshing starter. ($5)

King Mushroom

Teng Bespoke Vegetarian DiningThe firm, chewy and meaty king oyster mushroom strips were perfectly complemented by sweet and savoury teriyaki sauce. Recommended. ($10)

Five Kind Sashimi

Teng Bespoke Vegetarian DiningFrom top left, and moving clockwise, the Five Kind Sashimi plate is an assortment of mock tuna, salmon, shrimp, squid and abalone. The mock tuna, salmon and squid, made from mung bean powder, mostly differed in terms of their food colouring, and they were barely distinguishable in terms of taste and consistency. Like the mock shrimp, they resembled softer versions of fish cake. The mock abalone was a bit chewier and was a tad too salty. All in all, the sashimi wasn’t particularly impressive and certainly not worth the price. One could try it for the novelty but don’t expect much. ($32)

Avocado Maki

Teng Bespoke Vegetarian DiningSushi roll with mock tuna, cucumber and mock prawn, topped with avocado. This tasted as unexceptional as it looked. It was also very disappointing that the restaurant did not bother to use sushi rice for any of its dishes. Vegans should take note that this usually comes with mayo. ($12)

Unagi Maki

Teng Bespoke Vegetarian DiningThis fared much better than the avocado maki – avocado and cucumber rice rolls were topped with soft and slightly crispy mock unagi, and topped with sweet unagi sauce. ($12)

Mix Vege Tempura

Teng Bespoke Vegetarian DiningTempura made with fairly fresh sweet potato, eggplant, enoki and shitake mushrooms, and – best of all – crunchy lotus root. The tempura ought to have been crispier, but it was commendable effort nonetheless. ($9)

Paper Claypot

Teng Bespoke Vegetarian DiningThe paper claypot came with mostly soy-based products (like mock squid balls, dumpling, and mock prawn) with some lettuce, cabbage, carrot and enoki mushrooms in a vegetable broth.  ($13)

Mix Vegetables with Tofu (Hot Plate)

Teng Bespoke Vegetarian DiningFirm tofu with broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, tri-colour strips of capsicum, tomatoes and shimeji and black fungus mushroom, served in a light yet flavourful sauce. ($10)

Conclusion: I found Teng Bespoke to be superior to Herbivore. Go for the dishes made with more natural, whole foods, which were far more interesting and palatable than any of the processed faux sashimi / seafood.  

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8 comments
  1. george jacobs said:

    Thanks, Ash. I like the photos that accompany your descriptions of dishes. I subscribe to your advice about “Go for the dishes made with more natural, whole foods, which were far more interesting and palatable than any of the processed faux sashimi / seafood.”

  2. Joy said:

    Thanks for your recommendation! I didn’t know there is this place in Sunshine Plaza :) Will try it out the next time I’m around the area!

    • VeganAsh said:

      You’re very welcome – let me know what you think!

      Ash

  3. Angela said:

    Thanks Ashley for the review! I did notice some grill marks – were the mushrooms grilled as well? I love king oyster mushrooms!! :)

    • You’re welcome, Angela! And yes I think they were.

  4. Diana Lim said:

    Teng Bespoke Vegetarian offered more than 100 varieties of dishes, with close resemblance of the Japanese cuisines. Menu includes sashimi, salads, maki, tempura, nigiri sushi, bento, etc.

    The restaurant in Sunshine Plaza is split into 4 different private dining experience. Depending on the number of guests, the allocation of the seating arrangement is determined by the floor manager.

    I’ve patroned the restaurant 3 times over the last 1 month with average spending of SGD$300 to SGD$400 (Ard USD$310) for 6 diners.

    While the food experience is excellent, the floor manager (Dolly) has an terrible service attitude, non-customer centric and bad service recovery skills in complaint management. Example, in the instance of a technical glitch over the online reservation, instead of seating the guest down for a less than half-filled restaurant, Dolly chose to argue with the diners that the website had cancelled the reservation (even though there were no prior notice). Experience for other service staffs have pleasant so far.

    Overall, experience should be rated as a 6.5 over 10. If the service standards of the floor manager can be improved, this restaurant will score a 9.

    Till then, itadakimasu!

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