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The Impossible Burger at Momofuku Nishi
December 10th, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Event Description

Join us for a highly unorthodox, wildly experimental evening at David Chang's Momofuku Nishi. We will be tasting "The Impossible Burger," made out of entirely synthetic, plant-based, lab-derived "meat" that they claim still looks and tastes and acts like beef. Will we be convinced that this is magical food of the future, a sentiment that will be punctuated by the relieved sighs of a thousand cud-chewing cows? Or will we stand over this beefless monstrosity and hurl our judgement down like Jove's thunderbolts? Time will tell, my friends.

13 people have rated

Overall Rating: 4.74

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Taste:
4.1/10
Texture:
4.8/10
Toppings:
5.1/10
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5.0/10
Value:
4.6/10
Ambiance:
5.2/10
Harmoniousness:
4.5/10
Andrew headshot

Andrew's review

Three weeks ago, thirteen intrepid club members took a step into the future, risking life and limb to taste Momofuku's Impossible Burger - a vegetarian, plant-based protein-patty whose scientific underpinnings have been chronicled nearly as extensively as space travel and this so-called "Global Warming." Taste tester after taste tester claimed this cow-less creation to be a meatless miracle, tasting as good (if not better) than the real thing.

But to quote OG science man and Heliocentricist Nicolaus Copernicus: "I value them not, and scorn their unfounded judgment."

The Impossible Burger is a failure on all fronts, and we have taken it upon ourselves to expose the truth and bring the sweet meat hammer of justice down upon them.

The much-heralded patty was razor thin, and while the first bite was somewhat burger-like, each successive mastication was a downward spiral of taste and textural mediocrity. While the bun, greens and sauces (particularly the ssam sauce) were perfectly fine, what you ended up with was an overpriced, underperforming fast-food standby. The American Flag toothpick only served to remind us just how far we had fallen.

One reviewer said it best: "I guess if I was drunk I might mistake it for a terrible burger."

The waitress was rude, condescending and dismissive, and wouldn't give us an extra stool for our 13th guest. The value was non-existant when you think about how you could get two Shake Shack doubles for the same price. Only the fries shined, with a satisfying, McDonalds-y crunch and pleasing salty flavor.

The only thing sadder than the "burger" was the "Andrew as a Person" rating. Between a slightly tardy arrival, mildly fashion-forward clothing choices, and lack of a watch, I was lucky to escape with a 1.4/10. Like the Impossible Burger, it seems that I too share the Pinocchio-like dream of a world that accepts me as I am...

User ratings


Hayden "Do Have A Cow, Man" M.

The Impossible Burger

Rating
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I guess if I was drunk I might mistake it for a terrible burger.

Despite being late, Andrew looked lovely and was surprisingly easy to be around.

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Karina "Beef Stroganoff" D.

The Impossible Burger

Rating
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The first bites I was interested but there begins to be a strange aftertaste that's very bean like and off. The special sauce overwhelms the overall burger. It's ok. Andrew is much like that. His 10 minute tardiness was off putting and then he showed up with a reverse cardigan that was so confusing. Faye is the special sauce that compensates for Andrew's off putting bean bland flavor.

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4/10
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5/10
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2/10
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5/10

Andrew "The Moo Pie Pirate" O.

The Impossible Burger

Rating
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I commend the endeavor. I respect the science. But I cannot stand idly by as the lamestream food media breathlessly proclaims this the future of burgerdom. It is not. This is just not good enough to replace the finest out there. A razor thin patty with almost no taste at all...piled high with toppings to mask the lack of a there, there. When I got it alone, it just didn't deliver for me at the end of the day. A less flavorful fast food patty with a slightly off aftertaste.

Try again. Keep trying. But don't call this the answer. At least the fries were tasty...waitress was snotty and then venue was rife with pretentiousness. Sorry but I'm just not a fan.

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3/10
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4/10
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Will "Squilly" S.

The Impossible Burger

Rating
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As a non-beef product, terrific. Compared to other burgers I feel like I want a little more. Dope toppings/sauce

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7/10
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Ben "The Captain" G.

The Impossible Burger

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3/10
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Greg "Ughnnnn It's Greeegggg" T.

The Impossible Burger

Rating
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As a burger, this is one of my least favorites. I wasn't a fan of the sauce and didn't think the burger was harmonious. The burger patty itself was interesting and a cool scientific feat, but very much a novelty. I'd rather have a good veggie burger or a regular burger than this hybrid.

I think they were going for a mcdonalds burger and they did that pretty well. But, I did not enjoy the bites of the burger. The fries were great.

Andrew takes a big hit for being late despite reminding everyone to be on time, which I do have to say gave me a lot of joy. And he is wearing two sweaters. Wtf. Also noticed that he didn't wear a watch today, though he was late last week while wearing one. So apparently the constant is that he doesn't respect his friends.

BUT, then he came over to talk to us and he just seemed so...sad. Just so sad. Since it's the holidays, I'll give andrew a 2/10 because I know how hard he works. In my book, he peaks at 20% so that's a compliment.

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Beth "Neighbs" N.

The Impossible Burger

Rating
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As I sit at the top of the food chain, it feels wasteful of my power in the animal kingdom to forego eating meat. I was hoping the impossible veggie burger would not disappoint but, alas, it did. Pros: patriotic, yummy fries, decent tunes, finally being able to attend burger club, ssam sauce Cons: creepy bleed, saltiness, aftertaste, having to beg for stools for entire party

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5/10
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Chris "Scientaste" W.

The Impossible Burger

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One giant step for science. One mediocre effort as an actual burger. The bleeding patty was impressive and didn't taste too bad on its own, but at the end of the day it was a slightly above average fast food burger with tasty sauce.

Andrew was late 3/10.

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5/10
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6/10
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3/10
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5/10
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8/10
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6/10

Alissa "LadyPonch" P.

The Impossible Burger

Rating
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This was a weird Burger experience. Each bite was more interesting (and worse) than the last. After this burger, I need a palette cleanser and a hug. Vegan mayo should be banned.

The fries, with their McDonalds-esque flavor, were the best part, as was the American flag toothpick.

Even worst than the burger's performance was Andrew's. Wooooh boy. This guy! Emailing us at 8 am to get to the restaurant early but he himself showed up late. He also tried to bribe us for a better rating. This is Trump's America, I suppose. We can't trust our leaders. Rating for Andrew 1.8 (points for the cardigan, a saving grace.)

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3/10
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4/10
Toppings:
5/10
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7/10
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7/10
Ambiance:
7/10
Harmoniousness:
5/10

As impressive as it is that someone was able to closely replicate the texture of actual beef, I still ask myself.. "why" All this science for a not so good (fake) burger with a funky aftertaste with too much secret sauce . Applying science to seedless watermelon or shrimp that run on treadmills is something I can get behind...you just can't beat the beef! (I like the 'merican flag toothpick... I'm keeping it). I'm convinced the fries were stolen from McDonald's. Andrew hasn't talked to me the whole time, he won't answer my texts, I think there's something going on between him and Haden...) This is harsh, but then again, I didn't have a drink.

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4/10
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4/10
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Sean "Seanald McDonald" M.

The Impossible Burger

Rating
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What I have found today is merely an approximation of the truth that, while admirable in it's striving, is nevertheless nothing more than a filthy lie. A sham, a fake, a phony.

But enough about Andrew. Let me rate this burger:

At first bite, around the edge, I must admit this burger had the right feel. But as I went through it, the "burger" itself faded further and further, overwhelmed by toppings that I think may have been there to mask the fact that it ultimately remains just a veggie burger.

I respect the science and hope they keep at it, but for now I'll stick to the real deal.

Rating Details

Taste:
4/10
Texture:
7/10
Toppings:
6/10
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4/10
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5/10
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4/10
Harmoniousness:
5/10

Andrew "Doing it my way" B.

The Impossible Burger

Rating
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An admirable effort to emulate meat with vegetable. The taste, especially when cooled slightly and unadorned with sauce, is not beef like. Texture is close. Blood is strange. Saam sauce is delicious, especially when mixed with ketchup. The value isn't bad, given the engineering effort involved it's creation.

Andrew, like the burger, was a disappointing pile of emulated meat. Late, wearing two sweaters and talking about the lame-stream media bias, today he's a pitiful excuse of a man. 1.2/10. He's not even wearing a watch.

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3/10
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6/10
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5/10
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6/10
Harmoniousness:
4/10

Katherine "Hot Sauce Masochist" L.

The Impossible Burger

Rating
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The burger had a nice, almost beguiling texture for the first few bites, as though the patty had a good sear to it. But as it got colder, the taste of the patty left an aftertaste that betrayed its origins. The sauce on the burger was tasty enough, but it wasn't enough to get me over the hurdle of the patty's aftertaste. Fries were passable! They very reluctantly sat all 13 of us at one table, leaving one guest standing for the first 20 minutes. Andrew's tardiness and the fact that he has removed the Andrew as a Person official rating? I'll be generous and give him a 3 for today.

Rating Details

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3/10
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5/10
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5/10
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2/10
Ambiance:
6/10
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Who's attending

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"The Moo Pie Pirate"
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"Doing it my way"
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"Ughnnnn It's Greeegggg"
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"Do Have A Cow, Man"
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"Seanald McDonald"
Missing profile picture Will S.
"Squilly"
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"my anaconda don't want none unless you got burger buns hun "
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"The Captain"
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"Beef Stroganoff"
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"Hot Sauce Masochist"
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"Mr. Beef"
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"Beefsquatch"
10295353 10100719567213345 7659676278449443768 o Beth N.
"Neighbs"
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"LadyPonch"
Raybans sq Chris W.
"Scientaste"