I have passed by D’life Signature at the basement of Square 2 but I always thought D’life Signature is a just a regular Western restaurant so I didn’t have much interest.
I recently learned from my colleague that D’life Signature is actually a vegetarian restaurant. If you know my personally, I am not a fan of vegetarian food. (The last time I had vegetarian food at Real Food was back in 2015.) My colleague kept telling me that the food at D’life Signature is very tasty despite not using any meat. I was a little skeptical but I decided to give it the benefit of doubt and try it out for myself.
Now that I know D’life Signature is a vegetarian restaurant, I started seeing all the telltale signs that I missed before. There is a huge standing signboard at the entrance of the restaurant that clearly states “Healthy Vegetarian” at the top. A circular white and green picture on the wall besides the cashier depicts the Chinese character 素 which is Chinese for vegetarian.
The interior of the restaurant is clean and spacious with white tables and brown chairs that exudes an earthy vibe. You can pick up vegetarian biscuits, snacks and instant noodles when making payment at the cashier.
I thought vegetarian simply means vegetables and tofu but D’life Signature’s extensive menu opened my eyes to the extensive possibilities of vegetarian food.
Hot Plate Tofu 铁板豆腐 [S$10.20] is a classic vegetarian dish. Deep-frying the tofu gives the tofu a slightly crispy exterior while the inside remains soft. The sweet and sour sauce that covers the tofu has just a little spiciness that adds an additional layer of flavour.
Ginger Mee Sua 姜蓉面线汤 [S$7.20] is one of the signatures of D’life Signature. Ginger is a superfood with a multitude of benefits such as reducing inflammation and lowering blood sugar. The broth is made by boiling ginger so it is a little spicy. Bok choy and fried tofu accompanies the soft mee sua with ginger strips for an added kick.
I am amazed how Hokkien Noodle 福建面 [S$6.10] can taste so flavourful without using prawns. The yellow noodles also does not have the strong yeast taste. This vegetarian rendition of the classic Singaporean hawker dish is simply awesome.
I was curious how the vegetarian version of Fish & Chips 鱼扒 [S$12.10] will taste compared to the actual dish so I ordered one to try. The ‘fish fillet’ is made from shredded tofu which tastes pretty similar to real fish. Complete with fries and salad, it’s a pretty impressive meal.
I wanted to see how the vegetarian version of the predominantly meat dish Claypot Bak Kut Tea 砂锅肉骨茶 [Small S$11, Medium S$16, Large S$22] will turn out so I got that as well. I was a little disappointed that it’s just a few pieces of ‘pork ribs’ tofu and some enoki mushroom. The ‘pork ribs’ are too soft but the broth is pretty tasty with a lingering herbal aftertaste.
D’life Signature creates vegetarian version of local Singapore and Western popular dishes, making vegetarian foods enjoyable to more people.
D’life Signature (Square 2)
Address: 10 Sinaran Drive, Square 2#B1-105/106/129 Singapore 307506
Opening Hours: Daily 11am – 9pm
D’life Signature (Jurong West)
Address: Block 428 Jurong West Ave 1 #01-256 Singapore 640428
Opening Hours: Daily 10.30am – 10pm
D’life Signature (Toa Payoh)
Address: 600 Lor 4 Toa Payoh Singapore 319515
Opening Hours: Daily 10am – 10pm