Sango The Burger Master has re-opened in Katipunan after the brand was acquired by a new company last year. Sango started in Creekside, Makati in 2006 and had been getting customers because of their unique burger with a tomato based meat sauce called Master Burger. I’ve been to Sango The Burger Master only once before, in their old Rockwell branch about 4 years ago but was not really blown away.
As you enter Sango, you’ll see this pretty origami decorated wall with a cardboard replica of Himeji Castle in Japan. The cardboard replica is a bit weathered because of the people who can’t help but to touch and play with it.
The interiors are bright and cheery and littered with origami creations of diners. This is one aspect that entertained both kids and adults that they have brought back. There are origami paper for you to fold and create as you wait for your food. Ordering is done at the counter, then they will just deliver your food to the table.
I suggest siting across the LCD tv, they show old episodes of Takeshi’s Castle which is a really funny Japanese game show in case you haven’t seen it before.
We started with a plate of Master Fries (P95/reg, P115/large). Freshly fried fries topped with their master sauce and bits of cheese. This is pretty good sharing plate before you get your burgers.
The Master Burger (P135). This is Sango’s signature burger, a bit messy to eat but they’ve given you a big waxed wrapper to hold everything together. I was quite surprised how different the pricing was compared to my experience at Rockwell. The patty was a tad bit over cooked, so instruct them to cook it for less time so it will be a little juicy.
Master Double Cheese Burger (P215). This is the amped up master burger with 2 patties and two slices of cheese in it. I felt this was a little too big for me and enjoyed the regular master burger more.
Chicken Teriyaki Burger (P120). This was my favorite burger, chicken cooked in a sweet sauce topped with onions and lettuce. The soft bun tempered the sweetness and made it a good balance.
Chili Dog (P120). A hot dog in a bun covered in master sauce topped with onion and jalapeno slices.
Yakiniku Rice Burger (P160). Sauteed thinly sliced beef in between lettuce and rice patties.
Yakiniku Kimchi Rice Burger (P185). The only difference is the addition of kimchi which I felt really brightened up the flavors and added a light tinge of spice and sourness that enhance the burger.
Fancy a bowl of rice instead of a burger then you might want to try the Tori Karaage Don (P165) or the Oyako Don (P150). Both bowl are decent and filling but I’d give the edge to the Oayko don. Other rice topping variants are Katsudon (P180), Yakiniku Don (P200) and Gyudon (P190).
For dessert, we had the Matcha Azuki (P120). A green tea milk concoction topped with corn flakes, red bean and what I had assumed was mochi balls. A bite into the balls and I realized it was not mochi but was literally balls of rice. I’d pass on this and go somewhere else for dessert.
Sango The Burger Master has kept the prices low and this works well with the students and families in the area. If you miss Sango! then head on over to Katipunan now. They have plans of opening in Makati, initially targeting the original location but it was already rented by another restaurant (Shabu Shabu Shogun).