Location: #16 East Capitol, Kapitolyo
Must Know: Pay as you order, no service charge.
Ordered from the menu:
- Black Angus Burger with Fries Php 195.00
- 2 Corona Beer with Lemon Php 270.00
We got our Corona w/ Lemon Slices (Php 135.00 each) after ordering from the counter so we decided go ahead and take a swig while waiting for the rest of the food to arrive. The beer is excellent - served cold and with lemon as it should be for the price you're paying for imported beer.
After roughly 5-10 minutes of watching their flat screen and cracking some jokes, the rest of the order arrived in a fairly respectable amount of time.
Let's get this started!
*A word of caution, if you have absolutely no "iron tongue" to get you through something this spicy, I'd suggest you stick with the regular chicken wings. Don't even be foolish to try their 'punyeta" sauce, I heard that's all you'll end up saying. =)
Off to the main course for the night, the Black Angus Burger (Php 195.00). This is what Charlie's is and what it's famous for so a trip here without trying this is a mortal gastronomic sin.
The dish is served diner style, an open bun with cheese, lettuce, tomato slices, and potato fries. I prefer mayonnaise over ketchup for fries so I got a whole big-ass squeezable bottle for that. The fries are good and if it's artificial, I didn't notice at all. The texture wasn't grainy and the taste suggests it's genuine potato indeed. The black Angus was there staring at our faces as we tested the fries - sooner or later it would get its turn to be savored. After getting our fix of potatoes, we both grabbed our burgers and eyed each other as we opened our mouths to dig in - expecting something good was about to happen. And it did!
Let's rewind a little bit a few months back- The first time, I ate here was when my sister brought me. At that time, I left the place thinking it was "OK", nothing great. But over time, after trying many burgers of all types and sizes, you back track and realize that no other burger, in the country at least, tastes as tender, juicy, warm, moist, and meaty as Charlie's black Angus burger.
Let's go back again. Just like the usual burger, this one put-together will produce a thick fat burger that will require your mouth a little stretching if you want to get a bite of the good stuff from bun-to-bun. You'd be surprised how soft the bun is despite taking a good shape. The burger just parts like the red sea when you bite it and in the midst explodes all the flavor and tenderness of a black Angus beef. Add a little ketchup or mayo if you wish but I preferred my burger just as it is. No room for poise here ladies, if you really want to enjoy what you came here for. Don't even dare ask for a knife and fork, this is not Chilli's. This burger can get messy, messy but good. After about 5 minutes (my burger) and 10 minutes (her burger), we eye each other again with satisfaction.
Good job, Charlie!...whoever you are.
Here's your report card:
4.5 - Food quality is excellent. Had it not been for the celery sticks and the "this morning's" turnip sticks, it would been a 5.0.
3.5 - Ambiance is cool. Don't expect a red carpet, rather a car wash entrance. But once you get in, the place is great.
4.0 - Value for money is okay as well. It's certainly more pricey that most burgers, but hey, it's Angus.
3.5 - Service was great. Although this is a self-serve joint, the waiter will be more than happy to tell you where everything you need is.
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