Nature Vegetarian Delights Bukit Purmei is located in the middle of nowhere. The Bukit Purmei estate is located at the top of a small hill in the Telok Blangah district. Surprisingly the restaurant has called this sleepy housing estate home for many years. This is a testimony to the quality of food served by the restaurant despite its less than ideal location.
The restaurant is located at the extreme right-handed side of Block 112. We walk for a while from the bus-stop and initially think we are at the wrong place. The Bukit Purmei branch is similar to its Hougang sibling. The furnishings are minimal, with most tables situated indoors. As you can see in the photo, there are not many seats for such a popular restaurant. We advise that you come over early during the peak lunch and dinner hours.
The economic rice is popular with its patrons. The vegetarian Otah, made from Toufu and egg is the most popular dish.
Price: $2.50 onwards with a choice of 3 ingredients
The claypot rice is a disappointment. The restaurant prepared the dish beforehand and displayed it upfront for order. This should have set off alarm bells inside our heads not to order. The restaurant just heats up and serves the dish to us. The result is that the dish tastes like glutinous rice instead of claypot rice.
We totally love the wholesome Pratas and thick Assam-style curry! There are three choices to choose from: Plain, Egg, Vegetables and Cheese.
Price: $0.80 per piece
Chee Cheong Fun
We overhear from one of the customers that Chee Cheong Fun is great. We just have to try the dish. It does not disappoint. The rice noodle rolls are soft and tender. The sweet brown and chilli sauce are fantastic. We recommend that you order the Chee Cheong Fun as a side-dish during your visit.
Vegetarian Sweet and Sour Oat Chicken Rice
At first glance, the rice serving looks much more than the mock meat. In the end, the servings are adequate. The mock oat meat tastes “hollow” to me. In other words, there is not much filling and tastes like lot of flour. Fortunately, the sweet and sour gravy is thick and sweet.
Fish Cutlet Rice
The photo does not do justice to the spread. The dish comes with a big serving of chicken ginger rice, vegetarian cutlet, salad and French fries. Though the ingredients are commonly found in other dishes, this is totally a great value meal for the bucks.
Chicken Cutlet Rice
We think that the chicken cutlet rice will be similar to the fish cutlet rice. We could not be more wrong. The mock chicken is cooked Chinese Zi Char style, which does not fit in with the fries and salad. We recommend that you try the fish cutlet rice instead.
The Mee Goreng is well cooked though not spicy. We find that the yellow noodle taste is strong. In the end, we find the mee goreng slightly better than we can eat elsewhere.
Curry Fried Rice
Like the Mee Goreng, we find the curry fried rice not spicy enough. We rather stick with the normal fried rice.
Nature Vegetarian Delights Bukit Purmei offers a variety of Zi Char and ala cart dishes for customers who are willing to brave the long journey to the restaurant.
The operating hours and location of Nature Vegetarian Delights Bukit Purmei here.
We take the bus service 123 from Tiong Bahru MRT to reach the restaurant.