With a burger joint practically at every street corner, the Philippines may well be a Burger Nation.
Those proliferating burger outlets, however, are mostly Western-style, largely because the burger was introduced by the Americans to the country.
One of the few bright spots of 2020 is the introduction of new, Japanese-style burgers to widen the culinary horizons of Pinoys, thanks to the opening of MOS Burgers first store in Robinsons Galleria.
This outlet joined the brand’s 1,300 stores in Japan and almost 400 stores overseas. Pretty soon, new branches sprouted up such as in Megamall, Glorietta and Kapitolyo.
My daughter, who’s a serious fan of Japanese food and culture, has always wanted to eat at one of MOS Burgers’ local branches ever since the first one opened but the lockdown due to the pandemic precluded me from taking her.
Thankfully, with the recent loosening of quarantine restrictions, we were able to visit the Robinsons Galleria branch where we enjoyed some of its celebrated offerings.
MOS Cheeseburger (Php169 solo | Php269 set with iced tea and sides). I got this Japanese-style cheeseburger that comes with MOS’ special meat sauce poured over a pile of beef patty, tomato, onion, and cheese. It was well complimented by an order of Chicken Karaage (Php160).
Wagyu Burger (Php309 solo | Php409 set with iced tea and sides). My daughter ordered this Japanese-style burger made with flavorful Wagyu beef. It’s excellent when enjoyed with a side of Japanese House Salad (Php90).
Hash Browns (Php60/3pcs | Php90/5pcs). Crispy and golden-brown grids of fried potatoes.
Strawberry Cake (Php129). Fluffy chiffon cake layered with cream filling and slices of candied strawberry.
I’m glad that I was able to experience MOS Burgers again as it’s been quite a while since its Grand Opening when I last had a taste of its menu items.
A few days later, the fam was able to have another MOS experience – at home, this time – thanks to a food truck making its rounds in BGC which Hubby happened to pass by on his way home.
Of course, he brought home the MOS Cheeseburger in a Family Pack (Php499/3pcs).
But he also added two MOS Garlic Rice Onigiri (Php79 each): Chicken Karaage Mayo and Ebi Tempura. These are balls of Japanese rice flavored with garlic chips and wrapped with nori along with their fillings.
With its unusual burgers and sides, MOS Burgers surely is a welcome addition to the local food scene!
MOS Burgers outlets are located in the following areas, now open for dine-in, takeout and delivery:
- Robinsons Galleria
- SM Megamall
- Robinsons Place Manila