Impossible Foods landed in Singapore earlier this year, as part of its expansion throughout Asia, and it’s has since taken over a good number of eateries. The Californian company behind the plant-based meat products, founded in 2011, makes its goods with ingredients such as wheat protein, coconut oil, potato protein, vitamins, and heme, a plant extract that makes it one of the closest meat alternative invented so far.
Without bringing animals into the equation, it’s friendlier to the environment, leaving a smaller carbon footprint on the world. Its benefits include being free of gluten, animal hormones, or antibiotics; plus, it’s said to contain lesser fat and calories than a beef patty, and it has been kosher- and halal-certified.
By far the most common food associated with it, the Impossible Burger debuted in 2016 at chef David Chang’s NYC restaurant Momofuku Nishi, and has spread across the US to Asia over the years.
All that said, if you haven’t sunk your teeth into an Impossible creation yet, we’ve got the lowdown on restaurants serving those meatless meats.
Oh, and besides the names on this list, other honorable mentions include original partner restaurants Privé Orchard and Empress, as well as Stuff’d, PappaRich, PS Cafe, Timbre+, Fatboy’s the Burger Bar, Swensen’s, Burger & Lobster, Pizza Express, and FatPapas. From affordable to pricey, their items range from typical burgers and spaghetti with meatballs to local dishes like nasi lemak rendang and fried rice.
One of the three Marina Bay Sands restaurants to meat up with Impossible for its launch on our shores, Adrift features a patty melt ($9) with pimiento, cheddar, and pickles on its menu, alongside a cheeseburger ($28) packed with tomato jam and jalapeño.
At Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant, the meat is served either on flatbread ($24) topped with shallots, mozzarella, and rocket pesto, or in an Impossible Wellington ($45) with glazed carrots, baby corn, and greens. Plus, since everyone’s doing a burger, their version ($27) is layered with Monterey Jack cheese and sriracha mayo, with a side of chips.
This Prinsep Street joint isn’t your typical cafe and that shows in its dishes, which are well thought out and executed, with a spotlight on ingredients you wouldn’t expect. If you’re craving a vegetarian-friendly fried snack, its Peta fries ($14.90) come topped with Impossible ragout, vegan cheddar, house pickles, and chives.
You’d think a steakhouse would be all about the beef (and it is), but it’s also catering to those who want something as good as the real deal. Enter the trio of sliders ($18), slathered with jalapeño marmalade and garlic aioli, sandwiched with smoked shallots and house-made pickles between brioche buns.
Available at its two outlets, Dean & Deluca converts its classic comfort foods into meatless ones, offering options like sloppy joe quesadillas ($24) stuffed with spiced meat, guac, and cheese, sausage roll ($22), and cottage pie ($24) baked with carrots, green peas, onions, and mashed potatoes.
After debuting in Singapore last year with two outlets’ worth of its signature burgers, fries, and milkshakes, the American burger chain hopped on the Impossible bandwagon just a couple months later. For $12.90, you get a brioche burger cooked to your preference, and you can customize it with toppings such as pickles, tomatoes, lettuce, onions, relish, and mayo.
If you’re heading to Kinki for dinner, don’t be surprised if you spot three new Impossible dishes on the Japanese menu. The omu rice burger ($28) packs a patty between runny omelette, momotaro tomato, lettuce, cheese, and a rice bun, while the okonomiyaki ($28) serves the grilled patty on a pizza drizzled with mayo and worchestershire sauce. Even the katsu sando ($26) is altered here, with a deep fried patty covered in breadcrumbs, served with white bread and an apple curry dip.
Taking the burger approach a step further, Omakase Burger whips up its own unique interpretation, using a customized patty blend that includes Impossible meat and additional plant-based ingredients for more umami flavor. Cooked in its signature “smashed burger” style, the patty is pushed against the grill to get that caramelized crust before it’s plopped in between Martin’s famous potato buns, topped with American cheese, and doused in a secret 13-ingredient sauce. Just the burg will set you back a cool $19.90, but you can toss in an extra $3 for truffle cream sauce. Other menu items going meat-free include chilli cheese fries and salads.
Oriole may be your go-to Orchard spot for caffeine, but its cafe grub isn’t too shabby either. Standard fare like burgers, pizzas, and pastas get the meatless makeover, with hearty servings of the Juicy Lucy quarter pounder ($26), a thick patty dripping with Monterey Jack cheese, caramelized onions, and sautéed mushrooms, a sloppy joe pizza ($24), and spaghetti bolognese ($26).
Relishing in the Impossible, Park Bench Deli actually holds a weekly “Impossible Monday Night” event that switches out its usual menu board for a completely meatless one, with locally grown produce from Sustenir Agriculture. But if you’re there on regular days, you can take a bite of its Impossible patty melt ($22), which comes with caramelized onions, American cheddar, dill pickles, and rye bread. Just like all its other creations, this one’s a hulk of a sandwich.
Known for its messy, finger-lickin’ good burgers, Potato Head’s Three Buns grills its non-meat patties in two variations: The Impossible Dream ($27) and Impossible Chedda ($23). The former is a stack of cheese, tomato, XO mayo, ketchup, and onion marmalade, while the latter comes with double ketchup, cheese, onion purée and pickle, both completed with toasted demi brioche buns.
This one’s slightly different from the crowd — the traditional scotch egg goes the Impossible route at British casual eatery Rabbit Carrot Gun, where $12 will get you an egg wrapped in the meatless “meat” and coated in crispy crumbs.
Looks like The Marmalade Pantry’s all about experimentation this year, first with the addition of MasterChef Singapore runner-up Genevieve Lee’s desserts to its Ion Orchard outlet, and now with Impossible twists to its menu. The Marmalade pie ($22) is the eatery’s rendition of cottage pie with a Japanese panko crust, while the baked cheesy pasta ($26) hide macaroni pasta under a layer of mozzarella. For an Asian spin, try the rendang meatballs ($24); otherwise, go the typical burger route and order the truffle version ($30) served with leafy greens and parmesan fries.
Chicken, mutton, beef or, er, plant-based satay, anyone? At the Peranakan restaurant, the skewers, while pricey at $17 per plate, are no longer meaty, — but they’re just as flavorful with seasonings of herbs and spices before they go on the charcoal grill. Available at Violet Oon Singapore Satay Bar & Grill and the brand’s Jewel outlet, the dish comes with peanut sauce, rice cakes, and cucumbers.
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