Last week, J and I tried The Grub at Pearl Plaza.
I enjoy checking out small, independent, make-their-own burger places. I am always curious about what enterprising individuals can come up with to make their food business stand out.
The Grub is a burger kiosk that offers customized burgers. The menu is simple and the prices are affordable. And as for their burgers – I like them!
The Grub offers quarter pounder and half pounder patties. However, we ordered the Gourmet Burgers, which only included quarter pound patties.
I ordered the French Revolution (P110), while J ordered the Mozzarella, Bacon & Mushroom Melt (P145). We were told that these were the bestselling items.
While waiting, we talked with the staff and found out that The Grub grinds their own beef. I liked the sound of that! There have been many times in recent memory, when supermarket-bought ground meat disappoints by having small bits of bone, cartilage and ligaments ground up with it, which could result in cracked teeth or worse, if one is not careful. This has become so bad that I am seriously considering buying a meat grinder to start grinding meat myself.
Finding out that The Grub grinds its own meat makes me feel safer knowing that The Grub cares about maintaining quality. It may be a small operation, but it shows that they care enough about quality to grind their own meat.
Here are our burgers being prepared:
We also got a bottle of The Grub Tea (P30) each. This is The Grub’s own brew. It is made with brewed tea with a bit of orange juice, I think. I like that The Grub makes their own iced tea and doesn’t use powdered mixes. They were served very cold, icy even, which was nice.
Here’s the French Revolution – a quarter pound beef patty with caramelized onions, potato chips, cheese, lettuce, rosemary aioli / sriracha mayo.
Here’s the Mozzarella, Bacon & Mushroom Melt – a quarter pound beef patty with bacon, sliced mushrooms, mozzarella, tomatoes, lettuce, onions and dressings.
Of the two, we liked the French Revolution best. It was simpler, but to us, more delicious. It was a very delicious mix of sweet, spicy and savory. The rosemary aioli sriracha mayo really adds a punchy flavor overall, the caramelized onions I hardly noticed except I knew they added some sweetness, which I liked, and the potato chips! The potato chips, although just ordinary potato chips, added a nice crunch to every bite.
Both burgers were good overall. I like the soft bun. The beef patties also did not have any ligaments or other things that shouldn’t be there. They were just pure ground beef, and were soft and juicy.
I quite like The Grub’s burgers, and at P110 for the French Revolution, I find it good value for the price. It is very different than the generic fast food burger, and so much better, considering that they are in the same price range.
They also have many ongoing promos where you can save a little by ordering some sort of combo of burger with drinks.
The Grub seems to be a popular take-out place for people who work or live nearby.
If you happen to be near Pearl Drive, try The Grub’s burgers. They also deliver via delivery services like Zomato’s Online Ordering / Quick Delivery.
8101 Pearl Plaza, Pearl Drive, Ortigas Center, Pasig City, 1605 Manila, Philippines
Hours: Mon-Sat: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
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