Table Conversation: The Best Burger in Town

By franco on 18 June, 2007

Franco says:

I just got back from The Burger Bar by Massimo at the Cliffhouse in Tagaytay. I heard from a friend, G. that their Wagyu Burger is a definite must try. What did I think?

Although their Burger was well seasoned, juicy and grilled to my idea of proper doneness (medium-rare, of course), I can’t say that i was bowled over by it. And for P900 for two people, I think these burgers need a serious reality check.

So after this somewhat satisfying, yet seriously over priced meal, who do you think makes the best burger in town?

Chef Paul and Nina Poblador of Kusina Salud say:

The best burger for us is The Manor Burger at Billy King’s Le Chef at The Manor in Baguio. It’s the best because its prepared ala minute and the meat is cooked to preference (doneness), and it just tastes so gourmet even if its the simplest thing on earth.

Wysgal of Rants and Raves says:

Best burgers for me would be the ones in Brother’s Burger. Whether youget a plain meaty burger dripping with fat from all the meat oils, charred and crusty on the outside but soft and tender on the inside, with a bit of tangy sweet tomato ketchup, or with anything from their menu of toppings (blue cheese, cheddar cheese, sour cream, bacon, etc).

For store-bought burgers I love the ones of Tender Bob’s (they sell these in Shopwise). Patties are nice and small so you don’t feel overwhelmed by the size, with just the right amount of fat in the meat to keep it nice and juicy. It’s almost impossible to overcook these.

Pam Lim, Food Editor of Yummy Magazine says:

Though I’m not a burger fan, I love Sango in Mile Long, Fight Club (but only the one in Katipunan. The one in Bora sucks big time!), Brothers Burger, and the one in The Jeepney in Intercon.

Some people like the foie gras burger in Cafe Ysabel, but it’s not for me.

Socky of Tennis and Conversation says:

I am not much into burgers, but if and when i get the craving, I go to Brothers’ Burger. The burgers are beefy, juicy, grilled – just how I like my burgers. With generous blue cheese dressing, and wedges (not thin, extruded french fries) of fried potatoes… yum! And if I’m feeling more carnivorous and extravagant, I go for their Angus beef version. Haven’t tried the lamb burger, but now that we’re in the subject of burgers, maybe I should drop by and order one.

The fact that Brothers Burger offers a lot of choices puts it right there at the top of my list. Does this sound like a commercial?

Pencilmouth says:

Top of the Citi’s Foie Gras Burger. Yes, it’s ludicrous, and that’s exactly why it’s the best. It’s just about as over the top as you can get: an excellent beef burger, juicy, flavorful, with a foie gras center.

Granted, the foie gras is probably the size of a marble, but when you hit it, somehow it seems a lot bigger than that.

Thanks to Chef Paul, Nina, Wysgal, Pam, Socky and Pencilmouth for answering the call and a special thanks to cknlomein for her burger photo




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  • JUNE 21, 2007 7:12 AM

    miguel said...

    i'm always in search for the great burger. i like Sango too, for the fact that it's different, and consistently tasty.

    for some reason, i also liked the Bizu Burger (yup, from Bizu) with gorgonzola.

    and to complete the social strata of burgers, don't understimate Burger Machine.

  • JUNE 21, 2007 9:29 AM

    Tisha said...

    Yes, Burger Machine! And Rancho Ranchero from Tropical Hut! Haha.

    I do like Bite Club and Chili's, and I love the Crispy Burger Melt from Hotshots (it's been a while though since I last had it so I dunno if it's still as good as it used to be). I like 'em gooey!

    I also like the old-school Choriburger (and Chori Rice!) from Bun on the Run. The new one just isn't the same.

  • JUNE 22, 2007 12:17 AM

    Franco said...

    Hi Miguel,

    I agree. After a late night out, nothing beats Burger Machine.

    But Bizu? Really?

    Hi Tisha,

    Bite Club? I've heard of it. Any good?

    And as for Bun on the Run, I guess sometimes, you should leave good food memories alone. :)

  • JUNE 22, 2007 5:43 AM

    michelle said...

    Is there a Fight Club burger joint? Or do you mean Bite Club? Yes, Bite Club has good burgers - better than Brother's.

    I like the Mozzarela Burger of Cafe Breton! So yum-my!

  • JUNE 22, 2007 7:06 AM

    ragamuffin girl said...

    cool blog. :) am based in HK and write about HK foodtrips and restos but I do miss the food in Manila and have stuff brought over (longganisa, tapa, tocino, boneless bangus, machang- am half Chinese, etc...). it's great to read about all these chefs and new places.

  • JUNE 22, 2007 10:31 AM

    Franco said...

    Hi Michelle,

    You're right, I believe Pam meant Bite Club.

    Honestly, I didn't know Breton service anything but crepes. :)Thanks for the information.

    Hi ragamuffin girl,

    Thanks for visiting us.

    We'll try to keep you updated on what happening back here, food wise anyway.;)

  • JUNE 23, 2007 9:34 AM

    katrina said...

    I'm not that fond of burgers, and the only one I used to really enjoy was Brothers...until I finally made it to Katipunan and tried Bite Club. I had the one with mozzarella inside. Yum!

    I know several people who rave about Breton's burger, actually. Never had it myself, as their crepes are what I love. I think the burger also has mozza inside.

  • JUNE 23, 2007 9:40 AM

    tin2 said...

    Wham! Burger with blue cheese! It's the best for me and my sisters.

  • JUNE 24, 2007 2:04 PM

    beckykho said...

    michelle, i agree. the burger at breton is excellent.

    recently, i traveled to bukidnon and had the BEST BURGER EVER at the del monte compound. if you guys ever make it to that area, it's a must.

  • JUNE 24, 2007 11:03 PM

    Franco said...

    Hi Katrina,

    Bite Club seems to be getting alot of mentions. I think its time to drop by.

    As for breton...I not so sold yet.

    Hi tintin,

    I have seen Wham! along katipunan. Looks alot like Brothers.

    Hi Becky,

    Looking forward to seeing your pics of bukidnon. :)

    Breton just doesn't connect with me as a burger place...

  • JUNE 25, 2007 8:40 AM

    christine said...

    I echo everyone's comments on Brother's Burger. They really know their burgers. Now I have to try Top of the Citi's foie gras burger, that sounds divine!

  • JUNE 28, 2007 1:16 AM

    PAM said...

    Yes, yes, I meant Bite Club! Sorry about that oops. : ) I'm a fan of the film "Fight Club", too, you see. : )

  • AUGUST 8, 2007 11:51 PM

    Teddy said...

    may i join in please? i absolutely love a GOOOOD burger. yes, i love brothers, i L O V E the burger in breton (great great surprise!), the burger in tonyboy escalante's breakfast place in tagaytay's very good too. chili's burger with peppercorn's tops likewise. and i agree - so aptly described - massimo's wagyu burger, prized such, haha - the owners - chito and hazel galvez, need a reall serious MAJOR REALITY CHECK!

  • AUGUST 21, 2007 11:57 PM

    Emil said...

    for store-bought burgers i really recommend the burgers sold at THE PRIME BEEF COMPANY. it's a meat shop located at 155 Kamias Road Extension, Quezon City. their burgers are well seasoned and really tasty. salt and pepper is all you need.

    also, it's a bit off-topic but i have to mention that they sell other quality beef products as well. their aged steaks are great!!!! my favorite being the rib eye cut. the beef ribs are really good as well. moreover, they have litson baka too which you can roast in your own home. sana nga they open up a restaurant e, kahit grill lang.

  • AUGUST 23, 2007 9:28 AM

    Anonymous said...

    Wham Burger and Top of the Citi's foie gras wagyu burger...awesome!

  • SEPTEMBER 1, 2007 3:45 AM

    docchef said...

    for fast fooo joints- my vote goes to Wendys big classic double.
    For buger restos-- Toos up between bite club and sango
    for theme resto-- Chillis
    For fine dining-- i still have to try a burger in a fine dining setting...:)

  • FEBRUARY 9, 2008 1:20 PM

    u8mypinkcookies said...

    - Brothers Burger
    - Hotshots
    - Tropical Hut
    - TGIFridays

    Love these.. YUMMY! :D

  • JULY 8, 2008 6:04 AM

    chinkee said...

    For me, its gotta be the Angus Cheeseburger at Bianca's (same owner as Santis) in Yakal St., Makati. They're closed for renovation, but the cheeseburgers are being served at Cave Werdenberg next door (right beside Santis Yakal), along with some of the other dishes from Bianca's and Carpaccio.

    A close second would be the burgers at Chili's.;-)

  • FEBRUARY 10, 2012 4:01 PM

    kristine said...

    Foie gras burger from Lusso and Wagyu burger from Malcolm's!

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