Restaurant Review: Burgers & Brewskies

In a country full of creative people, cooking up something original is a daunting task. Restaurants cropping up at every corner make it essential to have a specialty in order to standout. And this is what Burgers & Brewskies has done. It looked deep, searched wide and came up with what makes people tick: bacon.

Burgers and Brewskies Estancia

4 ways how Burgers & Brewskies harnessed the power of bacon:

1. Bacon in appetizers.

Burgers & Brewskies’ Starting Line has the usual fries, chips, sausages and even a salad to start off your meal. But, what must be had is the Bacon Chicharon (P210). These are crispy thin slices of pork belly served with a spicy vinegar dip. Once you start munching on one of these, you’ll find yourself reaching for another one. And another one. And one more…

Bacon Chicharon Burgers and Brewskies

Bacon Chicharon: Better than your favorite chicharon.

2. Bacon in burgers.

Made of 100% US beef patties, these 1/3 pound burgers are sure to fill up any tummy. There are fifteen types of burgers to choose from and those with bacon are the house’s bestsellers: Kandi (P265), Call the Nurse (P280) and Walk of Shame (P340).

Kandi Burgers and Brewskies

Kandi contains roasted garlic aioli, B&B cheese sauce, onion confit and spiced candied bacon.

Call the Nurse Burgers and Brewskies

Carbo-loading with Call the Nurse. Made up of spiced mustard aioli, B&B cheese sauce, seared mac and cheese and honey sriracha bacon.

Walk of Shame Burgers and Brewskies

A messy Walk of Shame. Underneath that runny egg are spiced mustard aioli, B&B cheese sauce, crispy bacon, and B&B lemonnaise.

3. Bacon in desserts

What’s better than crispy bacon? Chocolate-coated crispy bacon. I, too, was doubtful at first but when I took a bite of that sinful strip, I was convinced. At first, my senses were confounded: my eyes saw chocolate but I was tasting bacon. And then they somehow met inside my mouth – the smooth, slightly melted chocolate paving the way for the rough, crunchy, salty bacon. Yum! Yeah, I enjoyed that one too much.

Chocolate-covered bacon Burgers and Brewskies

Not on the menu. Try requesting for this from one of the friendly waiters.

Mais c’est pas fini! There’s also the Creamy Soy Panna Cotta (P85), topped with spiced candied bacon bits, and Chef (P150), vanilla ice cream coated with spiced chocolate powder then also topped with bacon bits. While the first one tasted weird to me, I loved the second one: every good thing there is, served in a cup. Aptly called “Happy Ending”.

Creamy Soy Panna Cotta Burgers and Brewskies

Creamy Soy Panna Cotta: for those who want a bit of healthy and a bit of crunch.

Chef Burgers and Brewskies

Chef: ice cream, spiced chocolate powder, bacon.

4. Bacon in drinks

Say what? Uh-huh, Burgers & Brewskies has concocted creative cocktails and a couple of them contain bacon: This Little Piggy Went to the Bar (P200) and Bacon Berry Pancakes (P220). I didn’t get the chance to try the latter but The Little Piggy is a real must try.

This Little Piggy Went to the Bar Burgers and Brewskies

This Little Piggy Went to the Bar and had bacon-infused bourbon.

 

Although bacon is for a lot of people, it is still not for everyone. That is why Burgers & Brewskies offers a ton more food to tease every taste bud. Hence I present to you my Buy & Boo list:

BUY:

a.  B&B Nachos (P240) – Nacho chips with picadillo meat, fresh tomato salsa, nacho cheese sauce, pickled jalapeños and sour cream.

B&B Nachos Burgers and Brewskies

Serves 2-3!

 

b.  B&B Sausage Platter (P585) – Grilled Bavarian Smokies, Hungarian and Thuringer Bratwurst served with B&B curry ketchup and spiced mustard aioli.

B&B Sausage Platter Burgers and Brewskies

B&B Sausage Platter: Best with the ketchup dip!

 

c.  Buffalo Balls – Takes the hassle of deboning chicken wings while keeping all the goodness of the beloved buffalo wings.

Buffalo Balls Burgers and Brewskies

(Off the menu) Buffalo Balls – Tangy and yummy!

 

d.  S.P.F. (P65) – Sweet Potato Fries with a secret spice mix that works really well to mask the sweet potato taste.

SPF Sweet Potato Fries Burgers and Brewskies

SPF looks and tastes good.

 

e. Angry Korean (P205) – Chicken wings cooked in Gochujang chili paste mixed with soy sauce, honey and sesame.

Angry Korean Chicken Wings Burgers and Brewskies

Angry Korean: Spicy and flavourful.

 

f. Cuban Missile (P120) – grilled corn, slathered with mayo and spiced shredded cheese.

Cuban Missile Burgers and Brewskies

I like corn. And I also liked what they did here.

 

g. B&B Chocolate Pudding (P105) – Rich dark chocolate custard topped with crunchy cinnamon oatmeal streusel.

B&B Chocolate Pudding Burgers and Brewskies

I love that it has the right amount of bitterness.

 

h. Chocnut Martini (P180) – No need for explanation.

Chocnut Martini Burgers and Brewskies

Does not taste weird at all.

BOO:

a. Chili Cheese Fries (P125) – Just like all your average fries.

Chili Cheese Fries Burgers and Brewskies

Chili Cheese Fries: Good as starter, side or even main.

 

b. Fish Poppers (P220) – Fried tempura-style sea bream nuggets, served with steak fries and chipotle aioli.

Fish Poppers Burgers and Brewskies

Fish Poppers: Strong fish flavor and a bit salty.

 

c. Avocado Fries – I am not a fan of avocados and these did nothing to change that. They tasted bitter and the whole thing was too oily for me.  But, the dip tasted good.

Avocado Fries Burgers and Brewskies

Avocado Fries: Not for me.

 

d. Hector Salamanca (P240) – B&B chili oil, B&B cheese sauce, jalapeño cream, tomato salsa and crisp nacho strips. This burger’s patty is super spicy!

Hector Salamanca Burgers and Brewskies

Hector Salamanca: Not for the faint of tongue!

 

e. Holy Guacamole (P250) – available this season only.

Holy Guacamole Burgers and Brewskies

Holy Guacamole! It’s very messy!

 

f. Don’t Have a Cow! (P190) – For vegetarians. Made up of red lentil, roasted garlic aioli, sautéed shitake mushrooms.

Don't have a cow Burgers and Brewskies

The texture is crumbly and not something I like in my burger.

 

And that’s it! The next time you’re craving for bacon, head over to Burger & Brewskies and indulge.

Burger & Brewskies
Estancia, Capitol Commons, Estancia Mall, Pasig

This food tasting event was brought to me by Aldous of Aldous Ate the World. #TeamAldous

*All photos were taken using iPhone 5

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Jayce Cairo

Jayce is a linguaphile who speaks four languages and currently works as a translator to finance her various interests. Scoring very high on “Openness to Experience” on the Big Five Personality Test, she is an avid globetrotter who aspires to retire at 35 and travel for the rest of her life.

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