Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Greenzilla - Buona Vista

Vegan Burg watch out!  There is a new burger joint in town.  Vegan Burg has been incredibly successful in its quest for meat-free supremacy, so I knew it would only be a matter of time before other similar eateries would crop up in Singapore, and attempt to emulate Vegan Burg's success.  Greenzilla ticks all the right boxes - Catchy name, delivery service, modern look and unique marketable burgers.  So far, 2013 has been a fantastic year for vegetarian food in Singapore, with many new vegetarian eateries with original concepts opening up - Long may it continue...


Greenzilla
Location: Unit B1-43, 1 Vista Green Exchange (Star Vista)
Contact: 97190893
Opening Hours: Daily 10.00am-9.30pm

CLOSED DOWN - As of 17/7/2014.  Although their other outlet at Blk 221 Jurong East Street 21 is still operating (9am-7pm - Friday closed)


Greenzilla currently have two locations in Singapore.  The one most customers will inevitably flock to will be the Star Vista outlet, which is where I went for this review.  This outlet is incredibly small, with only four seats for customers.  If you're going to this eatery during busy periods, don't expect to get a seat.  Instead, it may be wiser to take away.  Everything at the Star Vista outlet is vegan - There is no dairy, egg or meat in any of the food (no onion or garlic either).  Their other (original) outlet, which is located at Blk 221 Jurong East Street 21 has some additional dishes, such as pasta - Which are not vegan.  The burgers can be bought alone, or purchased as a set meal ($11.90) - The set meal comes with a side of salad and an organic drink.
Just like with Vegan Burg, Greenzilla have launched a number of interesting side dishes, which can accompany the burgers.  We selected the Pumpkin Pops, which I found pretty reasonable for the price.  Taste wise, the pops had a nice crunchy outer layer, and a soft fluffy pumpkin centre.  The sweetness of pumpkin was not really present, and I didn't really detect any other flavour, making it a little one dimensional and flavourless.  Salt, in particular, was lacking.

Price: $2.90.     6/10


A perfect meal for kids is the Minizilla Set.  This set comes with three mini-sized burgers and a side of coleslaw - Or at least it was supposed to come with a side of coleslaw.  After all our food arrived, the coleslaw was not to be seen.  I asked the staff 'shouldn't the minizilla set come with coleslaw?' - To which he abruptly replied 'no' - Even though it clearly states it comes with coleslaw. Confused, I returned back to my seat.  A couple of minutes later the staff gave us a side of salad, not coleslaw.  I'm still perplexed as to what went on exactly with the coleslaw.  Other than the weird coleslaw incident, this set meal is pretty decent.  Having a selection of mini burgers is great for those wanting to sample the different kinds, without getting too full.  The three types of burger are tofu fusion, herbshrooms, and royal mushroom.  The royal mushroom stood out as being the best burger I tried at Greenzilla, really outstanding.

Price: $6.90.     7/10


I was recommended by a few readers to definitely check out the Herbshrooms Burger.  Overall this was a pretty satisfying burger.  The burger bun has strong herb flavour, which gives the burger almost an Italian feel to it.  The mushroom patty is juicy and flavourful, and perhaps a little pasty in texture.  One thing I usually despise about ordering burgers in Singapore is the rancid (almost rotten) state of the lettuce and tomato used.  One big positive about Greenzilla is that their ingredients are definitely fresh, which makes a huge difference for me. Not only are all the ingredients fresh, but everything (bun, patties, sauces etc) at Greenzilla is painstakingly handmade, which is really refreshing.

Price: $5.90.     7/10


I am guessing the burger that will attracted most attention at Greenzilla is the Tofu Fusion Burger.  This is mainly due to the distinctive black appearance.  The blackness in the burger bun comes from charcoal, which doesn't really taste of anything, but certainly makes it look unique.  The highlight of this burger was the tofu patty.  The tofu has been marinated in a dark sauce, which really penetrated into the tofu, making it nice and flavourful.  The tofu texture was perfect too, neither too soft nor too tough.  What I didn't like about this burger was the sheer messiness of it.  After one bite, the tofu patty will start sliding around like an ice hockey puck.  Also, the BBQ sauce used is too diluted and watery.  This causes the sauce to soak into the burger bun - Eating soggy bread doesn't appeal to me.  Thicken up the sauces, and this burger will be a winner.

Price: $5.90.     6/10



Conclusion - So I know the question you all want to ask me - Vegan Burg vs Greenzilla?  Which is better?  I don't want to dodge this question, but it is important to note that Greenzilla is only a few months old.  If Greenzilla can continue to grow, and learn from the things that Vegan Burg do well, and capitalise on the things Vegan Burg do poorly, then I foresee Greenzilla being capable of surpassing Vegan Burg.  I'll be interested to see how Greenzilla evolves in the future.

Overall Rating
Food - 7/10
Ambiance- 6/10
Service - 6/10
Value - 7/10

 

25 comments:

  1. From the photos, their burgers certainly seem to contain more than what Vegan Burg's have (the latter usually very bare). Good to know all vegan at this store too.

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    1. Hey Ken,

      Size wise they are a little bigger than Vegan Burg, but they are not as dense and filling as the Vegan Burg burgers, I would say.

      Yeah I was also shocked and delighted to find out this place was totally vegan! :)

      Thanks for the comment.

      Luke

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  2. Hi Luke, good to know that there is another veg burger joint in town. But from my understanding they are not completely vegan and only selected burgers or sauces are vegan. Can you clarify? Thanks!

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    1. Hey Halimah,

      It is nice to hear from you.

      In terms of the burgers being vegan, I checked with the staff who were working there and additionally I contacted the owner to make sure this is definitely the case - Indeed, their Star Vista outlet is vegan. :)

      The only potential obstacle is one of the sauces they use contains honey. So for those vegans who also refrain from honey, they can inform the staff, who will make sure not to use that particular sauce.

      Luke

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    2. Which sauce contains honey?

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    3. Hey anonymous,

      Just one sauce, but off the top of my head I don't remember, best to check with them when visiting.

      Luke

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  3. Thats great news! Will be sure to check them out!

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  4. Quite unique & tasty too! but still a room for improvement. I wonder why all their patties are dark in colour even all are in different tastes but VB they are very strong on differentiation. Greenzilla patty taste was a bit salty for me & don't really like their green pea bun it was quite soggy, but I like their wholemeal bun. Salad was tasty & the price was reasonable.

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    1. Hey anonymous,

      I agree with you, especially the soggy bun problem, this was one of the things I liked the least. But like you say, pricing is not too bad.

      Thanks for the comment!

      Luke

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  5. Hi Luke,

    this time we did beat who for trying something out, we went there 2 weeks ago or so! I told them that you would surely come and try them out soon!
    ;)

    I agree with your opinion, it's nice to have a second veggie burger place around, especially since most of the Vegan Burg outlets are closed on weekends.
    We liked the burgers (I tried the Spices Underground Burger) and also the yummy and pumpkin pops. The portions seemed quite small in the beginning, but everything was really filling.

    Thanks again for your effort and commitment to testing veggie restaurants in Singapore, it is really appreciated!

    Aicha

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    1. Hey Aicha,

      Haha, yes I was a little late on my Greenzilla post! I usually like to review them as soon as they open.

      It is my honour to provide this blog to you and all my other readers. Comments like yours inspire me to keep up my commitment, so thank you so much for taking the time to write to me. :)

      Luke

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  6. Honey isn't vegan. Never was and never will be.

    We went there a few weeks back.They have done a complete 360 degree turn. When we asked them, they said some of their buns contain dairy but now, they're saying that everything's vegan.

    I don't have confidence in their products at all.

    This place looks like a second-rate establishment trying to copy Veganburg. Again, honey isn't vegan. It's bee vomit.

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  7. All they need is a good labeling system. If you ever going to interview them, please let them know. And i'm kinda skeptical whether they know what is vegan. I certainly hope i'm wrong :P

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    1. Hey zweiya,

      I agree with you completely. Not only Greenzilla, but many other vegetarian places should clearly label what items are and are not vegan - This will help avoid any misunderstandings with customers, especially from service staff who, like you mention, might not even know what the word 'vegan' means.

      Luke

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  8. I tried their minizilla set and liked it. I think it is good value for money for dinners & when you are not ravenously hungry.

    My gripe with vegan burg and greenzilla is the same - they are not too filling with 1 or 2 burgers when you are hungry and then you end up spending more because you buy more! And I do not have a big appetite

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    1. Hey boilingwok,

      Haha yes I agree with you. I remember in the past, I had to eat about four burgers from Vegan Burg in order to feel full, definitely an expensive experience!

      Luke

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  9. Their outlet in Jurong East sits beside another vege outlet too. Maybe you can review that someday!

    Wendy

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    1. Hey Wendy,

      Their Jurong East outlet will be featured on my website very soon! :)

      Luke

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  10. Hi,
    May I clarify as to whether all their patties are fried? Are there any non-fried items here? Thanks.

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    1. Hey Lily,

      From what I know the burgers are either made up of mushroom or tofu, and I believe all have been fried to some extent. As Greenzilla is replicating Western fast food, then a lot of frying is inevitably involved!

      They have some nice salad options, if you don't want any fried food. Apart from that I don't think there is much else. Their Jurong outlet has pasta options too.

      Luke

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  11. Hi Luke,

    Thanks so much for the speedy response! Was hoping that they would provide some baked options for their patty... will check them out nonetheless. :P

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    1. Hey Lily,

      Check with the staff when you visit! Maybe there are some baked items! :)

      Luke

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  12. Hi Luke,

    Do Greenzilla burgers and VeganBurg have any video clips or photos on how their vegan buns are being manufactured as proof their burger buns are truly vegan?

    Understand from friends that Greenzilla burgers buns and VeganBurg burger buns are supplied by commercial bakery. if that is the case, how they assure us their buns are pure vegan?

    Is it true that most bread sold locally that claim to be suitable for vegetarian / vegan actually have milk powder added to the bread to make them soft?

    regards,
    worried vegan

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    1. Hey worried vegan,

      I will tackle your questions in reverse order.

      For local bread, I always make sure to read the ingredients list. It is true that a lot of bread (especially white bread) will have milk powder inside. Having said that, there are a lot of hard crusted breads and brown breads that don't contain any animal products.

      For your question about Vegan Burg and Greenzilla buns, they do assure customers that everything sold has no animal products inside. However, in terms of solid proof (photos/videos), I certainly don't have any. I recommend contacting the eateries directly and perhaps they will be able to put your mind at rest. :)

      Luke

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  13. the one at jurong has shut down too. last day was at the end of july think. even their facebook is gone. probably losing money. they claimed they would reopen. but haven't heard any news of that yet.

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