I’m a huge advocate for fresh, whole foods that are plant based. As much as possible, I don’t eat anything that has been tinned, smoked, cured, or processed in any way.
Yet, it’s undeniable that with the current interest in health, many people want to eat healthier but have grown accustomed to the taste of meat. Thus, there is a growing market for meat substitutes.
While it’s not the optimal option for a healthy vegan or vegetarian diet plan (hint: read the ingredients list), these act as a gentle transition by first encouraging the reduction of animal food products to eventually completely eliminating them.
Having been vegetarian since 2016 and vegan since mid 2017, I have been pleasantly surprised at the increase in vegan dining options on our Little Red Dot. I won’t be compiling any lists, since there are many available and I’ve included them at the bottom of this post.
In this post, I am highlighting a couple of vegan meat dishes that I discovered by accident, when dining out. Meaning that I didn’t choose the restaurant with the specific purpose of trying out the vegan meat dishes — I had turned up with friends for a meal, and was surprised to see that there were options for vegan meat available.
* These places are listed by alphabetically order.
This is one of my preferred ‘comfort food’ dining places, just for the fact that it has a:
- vegetarian menu
- vegan menu
- gluten-free menu
- dairy-free menu
All these is in addition to their usual breakfast, lunch set, à la carte, as well as weekday & weekend brunch menus for non-vegans!
A few months back, they debuted the Impossible Burger and Impossible Wellington on their vegan menu. I can’t recall the last time I had a Beef Wellington, but I can remember the taste of meat!
Looks: From the photo above, you can see that it looks almost like the real deal, even how it is done medium rare. In comparison with Beef Wellington, the Impossible Wellington texture looked ‘minced’, rather than like a piece of fillet.
My only very minor gripe was that the vegan meat wasn’t encased well in the puff pastry — some of it had fallen off from the Impossible meat after it was plated.
What helped was that everything was presented on a black serving slate. Classy. But for this price, I wouldn’t expect anything less. 4.5 / 5 stars
Taste: Close your eyes as you savour the Impossible Wellington, and you would think it was the read deal. The moisture and tenderness was what you would expect. Pair it with your favourite bottle of red, and you will forget that you’re eating a plant-based meat substitute. I will order this again, but only when I miss the taste of meat (which I don’t, on a regular basis). 4.8 / 5 stars
By the way: The vegan menu also offers the Impossible Burger S$27++ as well as an Impossible Flatbread S$24, both of which I’ve yet to try.
This was probably one of the first places in Singapore to offer a plant-based burger on its menu. After hearing so much about the Beyond Burger for a couple of years, I finally had the chance to taste it.
Looks: I wasn’t impressed with its presentation, and the serving size of the patty is smaller than what I expected. What did gain points was the dairy-free cheddar cheese, plant-based mayonnaise, and dairy-free brioche bun used. Now, if the bun was also gluten-free, I would be able to forgive the small portion! 3 / 5 stars
Taste: The patty was a tad dry, but I did ask for it to be well-done. So that could have been the reason. It didn’t possess any heavy meat flavour or smokiness that a normal beef patty would. I also felt that the portion of lettuce could have been more. While it wasn’t a disappointment, I wouldn’t return here to have it. 3.5 / 5 stars
By the way: The menu also has other plant-based dishes, including the Pink Lady Apple Tart dessert, which is made with a plant-based pastry (i.e. no eggs, no dairy) and accompanied by a plant-based vanilla bean soft serve.
This plant-based burger comes with the option of Impossible meat patty or Beyond meat patty. I opted for the latter, just to have a comparison with the one at the mezza9.
Looks: This is what you would expect from a burger dish served at a casual bistro. Creamy field mushrooms, caramelised onions, vegan Swiss cheese sauce, and vegan truffle mayonnaise completed the ensemble, which was served in a vegan bun and accompanied with wild rocket salad.
If you were clueless, you would still notice that the ‘cheese’ sauce didn’t look like the real dairy option. Its colour also reminded me of pumpkin or golden sweet potatoes, so I was half expecting it to taste sweet. 4.5 / 5 stars
Taste: The vegan Swiss cheese sauce didn’t leave much of an impression, but the Beyond patty was moist. The subtle flavour from the vegan truffle mayonnaise really gave the burger an extra layer of taste, and went well with the creamy field mushrooms. I would order this again, if I was craving for a mushroom burger. 4.7 / 5 stars
By the Way: Also on the menu is the Impossible™ Meatball Spaghetti, which got both thumbs up from my half-Italian middle schooler, who loves his Italian food. After tasting it, I had to agree that most children (and adults, too), will find it hard to discern between real meatballs and the Impossible™ meatball. The Impossible™ meatball can be ordered as a bar snack S$15++, four pieces served in marinara sauce.
Have you tried any of these dishes? Share your thoughts on them with me in the comments below.
All opinions expressed here are solely mine. All meals were paid for by me, and in no way sponsored by any of the brands mentioned here.
List of vegan eateries in Singapore
30 fantastic vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Singapore by Expat Living
20 best vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Singapore by Time Out SG
Top 10 Vegan / Vegetarian Restaurants by Happy Cow