More Burgers: Wham! Burgers Disappoints

We used to eat at Wham! Burgers when they had an outlet in SM Megamall. We liked their juicy, tender burgers and the kids liked their spaghetti. They closed down that branch and we haven’t had Wham! since then. We were in SM North EDSA and saw that they had a branch there. We were eager to have their burgers and fries again.

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The SM North EDSA branch is located in the 4th level of The Block. We ordered our burgers and waited eagerly.

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The burger on the top left is the Wham! Burger with cheese (“one-third pound pure beef patty topped with ketchup, mustard, lettuce and tomato”). The one below it is a Wham! Burger with cheese plus add-on of bacon. The one on the right is the Double Whammy with cheese (“two one-third pound all beef, charcoal-grilled patties topped with ketchup, mustard, lettuce and tomato”).

We were surprised that the burgers were not as delicious as we had remembered. The burgers were quite bland. The bacon was stringy and not crispy. It was quite expensive too – the basic hamburger combo (with fries and drinks) costs P249! We were disappointed with our meal. With the proliferation of burger places all over Metro Manila, it’s unlikely we will come back to Wham! in the near future.

More Burgers: Zark’s Burgers at SM North EDSA

The larger dining area of Zark’s Burgers in SM North EDSA is outside their small store – in the middle of the corridors. Yet, lines are always long. We were curious about what makes Zark’s Burgers tick so we decided to try it out.

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One side of their menu is devoted to their burgers. The Minor League burgers are made of 1/4 pound patties. They have a variety of toppings which are quite unique. The Major League burgers are the fanciers ones, and some of them are half-pounders. My husband ordered the Zark’s Ultimate Burger (“1/4 pound burger with cheese sauce in a bed of fresh veggies and then topped with sauteed mushroom and bacon!”), I had the Philly Cheesesteak Burger (“1/4 pound burger topped with chopped onion, sirloin strips, and cheese sauce” – although I had the onions removed) and our daughter had the King James’ Tomahawk (“Classic! Cheeseburger with lettuce and tomato”). For dessert, we had the Deep-fried Snickers a la Mode. Photos of our orders are in the collage below, counter-clockwise from the top right photo.

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The burgers were huge and delicious! Not as juicy as those in The Burger Joint, but still good. Some of the sirloin strips in my burger were tough. Next time, I’ll get something with bacon instead. I was amazed that most of the diners ordered the bigger burgers – the half-pounders with so many toppings. The dessert was delicious too. I liked the gooey-ness of the softened candy bar inside the warm fried covering.

The food in Zark’s Burgers is reasonably priced. There were a lot of students eating while we were there. For serious burger lovers (or those who have big appetites), head on to Zark’s Burgers for your next burger binge.

Happiness At Burger Joint

Burger Joint is a small restaurant in SM Hypermarket Pasig, beside Tiendesitas. We decided to have lunch there before bringing my son to his dental appointment.

There were many items on their menu. I had a hard time choosing which one to order. I wanted to try the burger…and the chicken…and the hotdog! For this first visit, I decided to go with the burger. After all, it was a “burger joint”.

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We all went with the All-American Burger –  described as “a quarter pound cheeseburger topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle and house sauce” and some fries.  I had bacon added to my burger.

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The burger was very juicy and meaty. No extenders there. It was also of the right size – not too small that would still leave you hungry but not too big either to stuff you. (Except, of course, if you happen to be a teenage boy with a huge appetite. Then you would need a second All-American like my son did.) The bacon was crisp and provided that added saltiness to the sandwich. This one ranks high among the burgers I’ve tried around Metro Manila.

We will definitely be back for more. I can’t wait to try their buffalo wings next time.

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