Vegan restaurants and faux meat dishes are fast becoming a trend, locally and internationally, thanks to health-conscious and environmentally-conscious consumers. And it’s getting tougher and tougher to distinguish between mock and genuine meat, in terms of visual appearance and taste, as a result of food-science advancements. In fact, meat alternatives on the market these days taste just as good as the real deal.
If you’re still on the fence about the texture and flavour of faux meat, here are 10 places in Singapore to take the plunge and become a convert.
VeganBurg, from San Francisco, is the world’s first 100 per cent plant-based burger joint and also the first vegan fast food restaurant in Singapore. We recommend their crowd favourite Char-grilled Satay burger ($9.90) made with succulent soy patty, spicy satay sauce, fresh lettuce leaves, red onions and cucumber. And the GMO-free patty is so tender, juicy and tasty that you’d almost forget that it isn’t real meat.
For something less spicy but equally delectable, try the Creamy Shrooms burger ($8.90) comprising a soy patty, dairy-free cream sauce and lettuce. Another notable dish is their Tangy Tartar burger ($8.90) consisting of a soy patty, pickles, tartar sauce and lettuce—think McDonald’s filet-o-fish burger without fish with a gourmet twist.
Diners also have the option between wholemeal buns or a lettuce wrap for their burger, which can be upgraded for $3 to include seaweed fries, broccoli and a drink. It’s great value for money and we can’t recommend it enough.
VeganBurg is located at 44 Jalan Eunos, Singapore 419502, tel: 6844 6868.
2. Plant Kitchen by Marks & Spencer
After first launching in the United Kingdom, Plant Kitchen by Marks & Spencer (M&S) is now available in Singapore. It’s an all plant-based series of ready meals, snacks and ingredients by M&S in response to consumers demand for healthier, vegan options. If you’re looking for something to snack on whilst catching up on your favourite Netflix series, try the Cauliflower Popcorn ($11.90) for a guilt-free yet delicious option.
And when you’re feeling #fomo because all your friends are enjoying their yummy Katsu Don (deep fried pork cutlet with rice), go for M&S’ Sweet Potato Katsu Curry ($12.90), which is an appetising offering of sweet potato wedges coated in a crisp Japanese style panko crumb and served on a bed of rice with a rich, lightly spiced katsu curry.
Or try the Green Thai Curry ($13.90) served with edamame, sweet potato, tenderstem broccoli and jasmine rice. Their intent was to emulate the complex flavours of the beloved dish—and frankly, they’ve done an excellent job. Check out their other wonderful smaller bites (from $6.90) and meals (from $11.90) available exclusively at M&S Wheelock Place and Vivocity.
Touted as one of the best places to experience international food fare, Mezza9 at Grand Hyatt Singapore can now be your go-to spot for your vegan burger fix, with the launch of the Beyond Burger in August 2018.
Created by Beyond Meat, the Beyond Burger first made splashes in the United States, Canada and Hong Kong before making its Southeast Asian debut at Grand Hyatt as a humble food truck outside the hotel, and then later becoming a staple at Mezza9.
The burgers are known for their patties (100 per cent plant-based, non-GMO gluten-free and soy-free) that supposedly look and taste just like real meat patties. Available as part of Mezza9’s two-course ($35++) or three-course ($45++) set lunch and for dinner as an a la carte option ($26++), the patties come with dairy-free brioche bun, dairy-free cheddar, plant-based mayonnaise, pickles, lettuce, red onion and mustard.
You can have the option of choosing from more than 10 sides for lunch, including Caesar Salad, Wood Roasted Beetroot Salad, and Thai-style grilled eggplant. Flavoursome food and fabulous ambience, what’s not to love?
Mezza9 is located at Mezzanine Level, Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Road, Singapore 228211, tel: 6732 1234.
4. Oasis Restaurant
Photo: Grand Hyatt Singapore
If burgers are not your thing, how about a hotdog bun? Over at the Oasis Restaurant, also at Grand Hyatt Singapore, the same people behind Beyond Burger have rolled out the Beyond Sausage ($18++ on the lunch and dinner a la carte menu) in January this year (2019).
Made of peas, fava beans, rice, beet, and coconut oil, it is a 100 per cent plant-based non-GMO gluten-free and soy-free sausage that apparently looks, sizzles and tastes just like traditional sausage. The sausage is grilled for that nice charred flavour and wrapped in a house-made vegan bun, before it is finished with dill pickled Japanese cucumbers, shallots, tarragon mustard, and ketchup. It’s served with a dressed cabbage salad and french fries for an authentic hot dog experience.
Oasis is located at Level 5, Terrace Wing, Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Road, Singapore 228211, tel: 6732 1234.
5. The Green Dot
The Green Dot is your one-stop vegan restaurant. They got everything from burgers made with Konnyaku (konjac with taro derivatives) patties to Laksa ($7.50) and Soya Nuggets ($5.90). We recommend trying their Forest Arugula Portobello Mushroom Burger ($16.90) comprising sesame seed buns, mustard sauce, portobello mushrooms, smoked soy patty, arugula, tomatoes and lettuce.
The smokiness from the patty, spiciness from the arugula coupled with refreshing tomatoes and lettuce make for a hearty and delicious meal. Another notable dish is their Black Pepper Soya Burger ($8.90) consisting a soya patty, tomato slices, lettuce and side of chunky fries. Affordable yet fulfilling.
The Green Dot is located islandwide. Visit their website for more information.