I got an advance taste of Burger Bar, opening today at Greenbelt 2 courtesy of the Moment Group, the same people behind Cue Modern Barbecue. Burger Bar will be opening today, Nov. 30 at 6:30pm. I got to try a couple of burgers and sides. The prices are really reasonable for freshly ground burgers, a much better place than your run of the mill fast food joints.
The Burger Bar is situated at the 2nd floor with the ground floor occupied by a soon to open Filipino restaurant called Nam Nam. They share the same kitchen so it will probably be possible to cross order.
The place is a bit noisy with the lower ceiling and jam packed crowd but the decor is nice, with multi-colored yet sturdy chairs and a large pop art mural dominating the main wall.
Hand-Cut Sweet Potato Fries (P90). Be sure to dip it int the garlic aoili sauce, which makes it doubly good.
Burger Bar has 4 kinds of beef patties (freshly ground daily) as well as 4 different breads they bake.
- The Beef Bomb – combination of Chuck and Short Rib
- The Steak Cut – combination of Sirloin and Chuck
- The Big Game – combination of Hanger and Brisket
- House Blend – secret mix
Not all items on the menu was available that night but we still got our fill. I was seated with friends and decided to share our orders so we could taste more.
Chinatown Rock Shrimp Poppers (P260), served with a Kung Pao sauce on the side. This was very very good, although the breading was not crisp anymore, the taste more than makes up for it. Despite the Kung Pao name I found the sauce to be sweet and tangy instead of spicy.
The Rising Shroom (P375/double patty and P280/single). This burger uses the steak cut patties. The name us an ode to Japan because they added a piece of oyster mushroom tempura. There’s a white truffle cream sauce but I could not discern the truffle taste, despite that the burger combination was clean tasting.
The Piggy (P345/double, P245/single). Steak cut patties with mozzarella, lollo rosa greens, BACON strips and home made Bacon Jam. I predict this will be very very popular. I could not find the bacon jam but was told the slight sweetness I taste was it already. Bacon lovers unite.
The Lamb Burger (P385). This one looked visually delicious. Long cucumber slices with feta chees, onions, harissa (not available that night, aoili on a brioche bun.
They have a line of desserts all served in a bottle like this. I got to try two, this one above was called Black and White Banana Cream Pie (P135) and the other one was a Caramel Vanilla Bread Pudding (P135), using their burger buns then topped with vanilla ice cream. Of the two I tried, I’m definitely ordering the bread pudding again.
There are still a ton of stuff I want to try on the menu including the Fried Chicken with Starred Rice as well as some of the other beef patty variants. The burgers were still a bit uneven, cooking times were not the same, but this was probably just caused by the chaos that night. The place will take a while to get into their groove and from what I tasted, I’m already salivating at the idea of them opening a branch near here.
The reasonable prices vis a vis the amount of effort they put into creating their burgers should give fast food joints nightmares once they smooth out the kinks.