Review: Chevy Burgers – Calumpang, Marikina

[Note: This was originally drafted back on the 12th of April, 2015]

Photo credits to DigitalBrew

I have started exploring promising Burger joints (which are about to be recognized by the mainstream market) back in the late 2013 — the date when I first visited Zark’s Burgers in Eastwood City-Libis and from the time I tasted Zark’s, it made me dissed the Quarter Pounder of McDonald’s even more. #Realtalk naman kasi, hindi mukhang quarter pounder ang Quarter Pounder ng McDo. It’s more like a eighth or tenth pounder. A year later, I tried Mama Chit’s, then Chef Boyong’s and their big-size burgers are even bigger than the quarter pounder of McDo.

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Review: Chef Boyong’s

 

 

 

[Note: I initially prepared this blog post as early as April 12, 2015, but due to time constraints and that I was going thru mental and physical stress and experiencing a great deal of writer’s block, so it is only now I have started to complete this.]

Photo courtesy of TripAdvisor.com

Before having a first taste of their Half-pounder burger as of January 2015, I have been noticing this place whenever I take a jeep getting off to Marikina-Palengke or Marikina-Stop Light. While the place is not that posh by society’s standards, but the ambiance is still great enough for a burger eatery, and whenever I see their place, it is pretty crowded with lots of people going in and out of the place.

That time, I said to myself, I will take time visiting that place after I have visited Zark’s and Mama Chit’s.

And so I finally had my first visit, and ordered their Half-Pounder. Honestly, their half-pounder pattie is just a little larger than the quarter-pounder pattie used at Zark’s, but the taste is as delicious and tasty as Zark’s, and the best thing is…it is GRILLED! Grilled to perfection, and grilling is the most recommended cooking method for a burger instead of frying according to one of my former colleagues who happened to be diet-conscious due to his diabetic condition. If you wish to be educated of the advantages of grilling vs frying, feel free to visit this page: http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/healthier-cooking-methods-grilling-versus-frying.html

If you are too-conscious about burgers you are eating, and that you stay away from greasy foods, then this is the place for you alongside Mama Chits.

In less than 10 visits in a year, the following are what I have only eaten at Chef B’s:

ON SANDWICHES:

> Half-pounder grilled burger
> Regular Grilled Burger with Cheese
> Double Grilled burger with Cheese
> Chicken Sandwich

ON PASTA:

> Creamy pesto with Grilled Chicken
> Aligue Pasta (the “putok-batok” pasta! Nyahahahah!)

RICE MEAL:

> Burger Steak

Any food of Chef Boyong’s with burger pattie is great-tasting, even their Burger Steak. Of course, their Burger Steak is pricier than what you usually see on carinderias or even Jollibee, but the texture of Chef Boyong’s is MEATIER and TASTIER, and the gravy tastes just right and not too starchy as to that of KFC’s. For pasta’s Aligue Pasta tastes just right (because I do not want foods that are too flavorful), and so is the texture of the cream, but Aligue Pasta should be eaten with caution because Aligue — or crab paste — is rich in cholesterol that is bad for your heart. Kay nga sinabi ko, “putok-batok” pasta, right? Grilled Chicken Creamy Pesto also rocks because the combining flavors of grilled chicken, pesto paste and cream tastes awesome.

The only thing I dislike at Chef Boyong’s is their Chicken Sandwich. I don’t like it when minced chicken, carrots, onion is mixed with a sweetened mayonnaise you can buy at public markets and turned as Chicken Sandwich paste.

My ideal chicken sandwich recipe is as follows (this might be irrelevant, but I would still like to give you an idea):

> The bread itself should not be sweet like Marby’s or McDough’s white breads. I have no problems with the white breads provided that it is as fresh-tasting and lighter-tasted as Pan De Manila’s white bread. Any white bread or whole wheat bread from Gardenia, Pan De Manila or Walter’s.

> Chicken Sandwich mixture
– Mayonnaise of thicker and too creamy in texture such as Lady’s Choice, Best Foods Real Mayonnaise, Nalley or American Maid, as well as Kewpie Japanese Mayonnaise.
– Minced red onions.
– A little black pepper powder and salt to taste
– Shredded chicken breast.

> Lettuce

Kaya ‘pag dating sa chicken sandwich, ayoko ng pucho-pucho, lalo na kung pucho-puchong mayonnaise ang gagmitin.

I will look forward to taste their other pastas in the future, just that I only tried Grilled Chicken Creamy Pesto and Aligue Pasta because those appeared to be unique enough for me, as well as their Grilled Chicken with Rice, Hungarian Sausage with Rice, and even their Fichito.

Well, if you want exquisitely tasting food that fits your budget, then this is the perfect place for you. Perfect for those who will be having their team lunch.

You can also visit Chef Boyong’s Zomato page to view their menu as well as the eatery’s interior and exterior.

Review: Mama Chit’s Coffee House

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I have made a commentary on Mama Chit’s Coffee house on my personal and fan page on Facebook, and after creating this blog, let me start posting this coffee house again.

I have known Mama Chit’s after being told about this by one of our colleagues in one of the previous companies I have worked with. I have gone to Zark’s Burger for two times in the same location, which is Eastwood-Libis – one in December 2013 and in February 2014. Zark’s never failed to amaze me with their humongous-pattied burgers, and while their burgers are quite pricey, it is quite affordable, if you are thinking of their cheapest burger they are offering. They are of quarter-pounder (half-pounder, as what others claim) and if you compare Zark’s regular burger to McDonald’s quarter pounder, the latter will end up looking like they’ve cheated their customers. The pattie of McDonald’s quarter pounder is thinner, compared to the pattie of Zark’s cheapest burger, and Zark’s is complete with tomato, lettuce, and cheese, and yet, McDo’s price is higher than in Zarks! King James’ Tomahawk is only a freakin’ Php95 ala carte, while McDo is around Php110 something and that is ala carte.

Now let’s proceed to Mama Chit’s.

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I have been hearing about this resto since 2013, it is just that I have found time making their first visit around December 2014, and just like Zarks, they did not fail to amaze me as well. Their regular burger is of quarter-pounder size for Php95.00, while their Cheeseburger is $100.00. They are famous for a plate-sized (or greater than that) family burger for Php600.00, which is not bad especially if you are of group of 6 people sharing the same burger. Another interesting fact — this has been featured on Kris TV on ABS-CBN and since then, more and more people became interested in going to the place to eat. I have not tasted their pasta, though, but as for the fries, well, they frustrated me, because it is like the same kind of fries you munch at McDonalds, just less salty and spicier. I will not have any problems on less-salty fries as long as it is cut thick and lookin’ massive, which Zark’s does it better. Another good thing about Mama Chit’s burgers is their massive, whole-wheat, less-sugar, sesame seed bun which adds class and quality to the burger. I do not like sweetened burger buns, to which I did not like at Zark’s. The less sweet the burger bun is, the better.

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What is more interesting is the place itself. While it is pretty small to cater huge number of customers, the vintage interior and decorations are what makes the restaurant interesting. I like the retro vibe that Mama Chit’s is giving. They even showcase the metal ads of Salem, Winston and Chesterfield cigarettes as well as Cortal at Farmacia Pamplona. Other decorations to see are the vintage pictures circa 1950s 1960s or 1970s, old-fashioned clothes iron, skull (eeeee! scaryyyy!), big bottle full of old coins, a case of empty vintage coca-cola bottles, a frame full of vintage wine labels, vintage telephone, old-fashioned ice shaver, portraits of Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe, mini-jukebox. The place is completed with a checkerboard-patterned floor. Johnny Rockets gives the retro-feel, it is just that Mama Chit’s make ’em more complete. Prolly, I prefer Filipino vintage setting.

But there are downsides on the restaurant as well. As you check customer reviews of the said restaurant via Zomato, one customer cited that Mama Chit’s should NOT be called a coffee house since the focus is mainly on burgers, sandwiches and pasta, and that they did not showcased any menu of different coffee variants. One commenter on that review said true as well that the staff are too serious and do not interact with customers that much (which I experienced as well), though, I give props to the owner who is smiles and gives a friendly vibe.

Of course, not all can appreciate the taste of patty. If you are the kind of person who prefer greasier patty, the place is not for you. Likewise, if you prefer less salty patty, the place is not for you as well. For those who are of budget-conscious yet looking for awesome quality food, quality burger, this place is fucking perfect for you. You will not regret visiting the store.

You guys can visit Mama Chit’s Zomato page if you wish to view their menu as well as the rest of the pictures of the restaurant’s exterior and interior.