Even fat bois gotta take a break from eating meat amirite?? Green Dot is a vegetarian restaurant chain that I had ate at for at least 3 times, eating their bento/atas vegetarian cai png (expensive economy rice stall for you foreigners) twice. Their food tastes really good, so I’ve been meaning to try their burgers out.
Green Dot’s Rendang Lion Mane Burger – S$11.90
- 1 Rendang Lion Mane Burger
- A handful of fries
- Fully vegetarian!
Dissecting the Burger
The Rendang looks really creamy. Although Wikipedia says that in Indonesia, Rendang isn’t supposed to be liquidy, I think that’s fine for me. If for some reason you want to know more about Rendang, scroll has a pretty informative post on Rendang’s and Nasi Lemak history.
The Rendang’s flavour really overpowers all of the ingredients here. It is very lightly spicy and very rich and creamy from the coconut, but you don’t taste much of the patty, nor the lettuce nor the tomato. The flavour has spreaded very nicely, that I didn’t even taste the cheese. It tastes really good.
The Lion Mane Mushroom has a very meaty texture. In fact, if I don’t tell you its mushroom in the pic above, won’t you think its chicken? The texture is extremely similar to cooked moist chicken thigh, albeit more stringy. Does the mushroom have taste? I have no idea! The Rendang really made eveything taste like Rendang, which is kind of a good thing.
The patty had a solid crunchy crust, with the “meat” having a rather meaty texture. It is less meaty than the mushrooms, but it had good texture. I wouldn’t think that this is meat though! Flavour wise (I isolated the patty for testing this), it tastes like soy or tofu with some savouriness to it. Does not taste terrible, and is way better than a lot of mock meats I’ve eaten (uh, I don’t actually eat a lot of mock meat, but you get my point), but I wouldn’t buy this on its own.
I’m not impressed by the cheese, and would rather it be removed and replaced with something else to complement the Rendang. It doesn’t go well with the burger, and the cheese itself doesn’t taste great.
The fries are nicely crisp, and pretty much perfectly fried. Thick cut and very potatoey, but under-seasoned. So of course, you have to resort to the packets of Chili sauce and tomato ketchup.
But the sauces are just terrible. Perhaps they used this over other brands because of vegetarian requirements, but the chili sauce tastes plasticky (even though the ingredients has whole food ingredients) and the ketchup is just bland and watery.
At the end of the meal, I feel extremely full. For a restaurant that encourages healthy eating it is actually strange that the fries are not replaced with a salad. I definitely feel that having the buns and fries are just too much carbohydrates in a single meal, and there simply isn’t enough actual greens in the meal even though I am eating at a vegetarian restaurant. Certainly isn’t unhealthy by any means, but the meal is an unbalanced one.
Rating for Rendang Lion Mane Mushroom Burger:
I rate food based on how far I am willing to travel, as well as whether I think the price I paid for it justifies it. You can read more about why here.
At the end of the day, I am a meat eater. I wouldn’t go out of my way to travel far for this burger. It is tasty, but wouldn’t convert a meat eater.
At S$11.90 I feel the price is pretty justified. I’m not getting too much nor too little, but changing the fries to a nicer vegetable side might bump the worth it points up a little.
But I’m just a fat boi… What do other people think?
Well, there are Green Dot reviews out there, but surprisingly none of them reviewed the Rendang Lion Mane Mushroom Burger. Or perhaps my Googlefu is still lacking.
There are many outlets in Singapore, but the one I went to is the main one at Paya Lebar Square.