Burger competition at Saxon+Parole

 Saxon+Parole in NYC, NY

Saxon+Parole in NYC, NY

It’s been a while since we wanted to go to Saxon+Parole to try their burgers. Especially their vegetarian burger that is called the “impossible burger”, a plant based patty supposed to taste like meat. Are we there in the future? I do not know but I have seen more and more places proposing the beef like patty from Impossible Foods. The secret? Well still a secret but they provide some clues on how they can come close to meat, per their website:

  • Protein: wheat protein and potato protein deliver that meaty chew and essential nutrition.

  • Flavor: turns out the key to craveable flavor is the same molecule that makes meat a great source of iron: heme (I looked up for what it is but sorry, I do not have a PhD).

  • Fat: coconut oil and a dash of soy. It’s what’s give the impossible burger that fatty juicy sizzle.

  • Binders: to bring it all together we use konjac and xanthan, common ingredients in Chefs’kitchens.

So here we are, Jodi with the impossible burger, served with a mushroom purée, roasted oyster mushrooms, sherry onions and truffle cream.

 Impossible burger at Saxon+Parole in NYC, NY

Impossible burger at Saxon+Parole in NYC, NY

 Impossible burger at Saxon+Parole in NYC, NY

Impossible burger at Saxon+Parole in NYC, NY

On my side, the Saxon burger, made with dry aged beef, Pennsylvania Harvati cheese, maple bacon and a fried egg or what I would call “a heart attack on a plate).

 Signature burger at Saxon+Parole in NYC, NY

Signature burger at Saxon+Parole in NYC, NY

 Signature burger at Saxon+Parole in NYC, NY

Signature burger at Saxon+Parole in NYC, NY

 Signature burger at Saxon+Parole in NYC, NY

Signature burger at Saxon+Parole in NYC, NY

 Signature burger at Saxon+Parole in NYC, NY

Signature burger at Saxon+Parole in NYC, NY

I started with the beef burger that was really good: juicy, tasting like meat (I always mention this because some restaurants put too much seasoning that overpowers the whole thing), with the egg yolk adding some smoothness to it. Definitely a good burger. Then, I tried the Impossible burger. Was it good? Yes. Dis it taste like meat? Very slightly. The texture was there, it was moist and not juicy like a good patty would be. Considering you have toppings with it as well as the bread you could be fooled to think it is meat though.

 French fries at Saxon+Parole in NYC, NY

French fries at Saxon+Parole in NYC, NY

 Creamy corn gratin at Saxon+Parole in NYC, NY

Creamy corn gratin at Saxon+Parole in NYC, NY

The cheeseburger was served with french fries that were pretty good and we also ordered some superb creamy corn gratin topped by an arugula pesto. I washed all of this down with their Manhattan on tap that is a cocktail made with their own whisky distilled in Kentucky (well I guess I should call it bourbon then).

 Manhattan at Saxon+Parole in NYC, NY

Manhattan at Saxon+Parole in NYC, NY

 Housemade whiskey at Saxon+Parole in NYC, NY

Housemade whiskey at Saxon+Parole in NYC, NY

For dessert, we had S’mores, made à la Saxon+Parole with a warm chocolate pudding, Graham cracker, marshmallows and a whisky barrel smoke to keep the whisky theme alive. Delicious, it was a good way to end a fantastic and surprising meal.

 S’mores at Saxon+Parole in NYC, NY

S’mores at Saxon+Parole in NYC, NY

Now you may wonder if the Impossible Burger convinced me. Yes, a bit: this is a good alternative to meat if you dine in a vegetarian restaurant and want something as comforting as a burger, but the taste is not as delicious as a good meat patty as far as I am concerned. It can also be a good substitute for converted vegetarians who miss the taste of meat they had before though...It is worth trying in all cases!

Enjoy (I did)!

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