23 (Thu) January 2020
at Shake Shack
-BGC (Bonifacio High Street – Central Square), Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines-
with the Family
At last, Shake Shack has arrived in the Philippines. Because what this country needs is another burger chain.
The food appears to be pretty much identical in all respects to the Shake Shack in Korea (see generally 7.352 ShackBurger), the only other country where I’ve tried it (see most recently 10.057 Hindu Meal).
One apparent flaw was the green/loose leaf lettuce, clearly from local sources – for some reason, the Philippines has flimsy lettuce, even while most other produce can be quite wholesome.
Come to think of it, even the most robust green/loose leaf lettuce lacks crunch to begin with and is bound to wilt quickly under the heat/weight/oil of a burger bun; better a type of lettuce that’s inherently crispy and firm, like romaine or iceberg.
Shake Shack enters the list at #3.
Best Burger Joints in Manila:
- 8Cuts (Serendra Piazza, BGC) (7.122 Big Game Burger) (3.0); (7.275 Piggy) (3.5); (8.194 Cheeseburger) (3.5)
- The Great American Burger Joint (SM Aura Premier, BGC) (8.222 All American Burger) (3.5); (8.351 Plain Jane Burger with Bacon) (2.5)
- Shake Shack (BHS Central Square, BGC) (11.018 ShackBurger) (3.0)
- Army Navy (Roxas Blvd, Manila) (6.294 Chow) (1.5); (Market! Market!, BGC) (9.203 California Burger) (3.0); (9.270 Double California Burger) (2.75)
- Wendy’s (Robinsons Place, Manila) (5.031 Baconator Mushroom Melt) (1.0); (9.347 Dave’s Single) (3.0)
- Raging Bull Burgers (Shangri-La at the Fort, BGC) (8.287 Mighty Beast) (2.75)
- Brothers Burger (Bonifacio High Street, BGC) (8.237 Black Angus Burger with Bacon) (2.5)
- Mamou (Serendra Piazza, BGC) (8.207 Dry Aged Burger) (2.5)
- Pound by Todd English (Bonifacio High Street, BGC) (8.102 TE Slider) (2.5)
- McDonald’s (United Nations Avenue, Manila) (8.123 Quarter Pounder with Cheese) (2.5); (SM Aura Premier) (9.057 Quarter Pounder with Cheese) (2.5)
- Burger King (Robinsons Place, Manila) (5.055 3-Meat Whopper) (1.5); (8.028 Four-Cheese Bacon Whopper) (1.5)
- S&R (BGC) (8.019 Cheeseburger Deluxe) (1.0)
- Jollibee (United Nations Avenue, Manila) (8.180 Yum Burger) (1.0)
- The Fireplace (New World Manila Bay, Manila) (7.119 The Fireplace Burger) (0.5)
- Tempura (Robinsons Place, Manila) (5.019 Ramen Burger) (0.0)