Friday, June 13, 2014

The Burger that Makes Me Excited

 A beef patty garnished and sandwiched between two buns, that’s how boring burger to me. Probably, it’s the idea that this is very common among fast-food chains and restaurants. But putting a standard on it could be a little difficult.

What makes a burger a little bit exciting…
  • The patty. Made from pure beef and doesn’t smell bad yet still has the taste of a beef and not much of extenders like flour.  Fancy meats are good to try like Wagyu and Black Angus.
  • The buns. Fresh buns are distinct. Doesn’t have much wrinkles. Smooth texture. Sprinkled with sesame seeds add up flavour.
  • The garnish. Lettuce, Tomato and cheese are basic. Pickles and white onions add a kick on the taste. Garnish needs to be properly placed on top of the patty so it doesn’t mess when you take a bite.
  •  The dressing.  Whether you choose the basic mayo and ketchup. It needs to perfectly match the garnish. Giving bunch of options for the dressing is a plus.
  • The size. Well in every food, size matters! It doesn’t necessarily need to be too big but it has to be satisfying enough.
  •  The after taste. Beefy taste could last on your buds making you feel eeeewww even after you drink so it’s very important that it doesn’t have “beefy” after taste.

 How about you what are you looking for in a burger? Share your thoughts on the comment box...

Well, there’s already been a craze about restaurants in Kapitolyo, Pasig and probably you’ve already read and heard a lot about this burger store named Charlie’s Grind and Grill. I'm not saying this is the BEST Burger in town but this burger store really make me feel excited about burger. Well, there are yet other stores to try but for now let me share to you my experience about Charlie's Grind and Grill.

It’s a very casual dining place along the streets. If you happen to pass by East Capitol place, you really need to be very observant apart from the idea that the front area of the restaurant is carwash place, they have a very very small signage... lol

Beside the carwash area, is the store counter. It also add on to total ambiance the on-the-go feel of the check out counter.

Menu written on black board and in chalk also gave the cozy and laid back feel just like the one we use to see in cafes.

It has a dine-in section. The interior is very typical with good ventilation and lighting.

We also ordered some of their recommendations. Since during this visit it was only me and a friend so we only ordered what we can take... no, its beyond what we can actually take... heheheh

Here's the cashier's recommendation for fries. Funny how come that all of our orders are priced at P195.00 each hahaahha (except for the drinks)

Dirty Fries
Fresh Igorota Idaho potatoes with rock salt and ground black pepper, with bleu cheese, bacon bits, diced tomatoes, green onions, topped with grilled chicken liver.. P195.00

Charlie's Deputy
Snap dawg on a bun, pulled pork, white cheddar cheese with barbecue sauce. I didn't know that "dog" in hotdog is spelled as "dawg"... really??? heheheh this is at P195.00 too...

And of course the famous, the standard, the exciting... taaadaaaa...

Black Angus Burger
Cheddar cheese, butter leaf lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, mustard and mayonnaise on a butter bun P 195.00 too...

**prices may change without prior notice...

and we have dressing choices.
Mustard, Aioli (garlic-based mayo), Russian and Ketchup... My friend is even looking for Venezuelan, Pakistan and other nationals for the dressing... too bad they only offer Russian, not event American is on the choices... lol

We also ordered their famous Charlie's Ice Tea... it really taste good. Try a sip first before you order so you would know the difference... It's really refreshing! The ice tea is not P195.00 each heheeheh its just P65.00/ large order.

It's a little bit expensive than your usual burger fast-food chain, but its really worth it.  Also, I found out through my research that their Black Angus patties are from Choice and Select USDA Black Angus Beef, grain-fed and wet aged for 15 days and are ground fresh on premise*...  So why not???

Plus, here's my principle on this. You don't eat burger everyday, so when you have it... It better be the good, baby!

Charlie's Grind and Grill
16 East Capitol Drive and Ronac Art Center
501 01 37 / 477 50 21

Thanks to Adam for this great miryenda / dinner / kwentuhan / more fun!!! heheheh I just miss this kid!
 Catching up with you is so much fun! Oh next time on you na and make sure kasama na si Janine hehehhe...

**sorry for the personal message :)