Verdict: Filling but not satisfying
Price Range: P250 – P500 per person
Charlie’s Grind and Grill, one of the first restaurants to open along East Drive in Kapitolyo, may be losing it’s position as a crowd favorite. With many new restaurants now open along that strip, I can only imagine how tough the competition must be.
This burger joint is conveniently located next to a car wash. Although it doesn’t seem like the most ideal location, they had the right idea when they started out – the customers of the car wash could hang out and grab a burger while waiting for their car. This is a concept that worked so well that even up to today, Charlie’s is one of the most well known and remembered restuarants in Kapitolyo. However, with all the new restaurants opening on that road, Charlie’s may need to up their game to retain customers.
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What was ordered:
Wagyu Cheeseburger – I opted to go with this because I expect any burger joint to have mastered the most basic cheeseburger on their menu. There was nothing great about the way it looked so I figured maybe the taste would make up for how plain it looks. I was wrong. The wagyu beef patty tasted like any other ordinary beef patty, in fact it had less flavor than that of a McDonald’s Cheeseburger. I was very disappointed that the patty was bland and that I had to add Ketchup/Mayo to give it some sort of flavor.
Gourmet Chicken Burger – Upon seeing the wagyu cheeseburger and how ordinary it was, I thought the chicken burger would be no less. I half expected a fried chicken patty between two buns and some mayo but I was happy to be proven wrong. The Gourmet Chicken Burger was the best thing we ordered that night, the chicken patty was juicy and flavorful while the vegetables in it were so fresh that you could actually hear the crunch upon biting into them. I was also quite pleased that the chicken patty was ground up chicken grilled into a patty and not a full on grilled chicken fillet because that would be so much more difficult to eat in the form of a burger. This was a chicken burger done right.
Dirty Fries – Described on the menu as fresh Igorota Idaho Potatoes with rock salt and ground black pepper, bleu cheese, bacon bits, diced tomatoes, green onions and topped with grilled chicken liver. Maybe it’s just me but bleu cheese is something that should never be taken in large portions due to it’s sharp flavor. Bleu cheese is also something that should probably never ever be paired up with grilled chicken liver, something that has an equally distinct flavor. I feel this dish could been improved by putting (much) less bleu cheese, getting rid of the salt completely and cutting up the grilled chicken liver into smaller portions, and maybe even crumbling it over the fries. A few bites into this dish and I was surprised to find that there were not too many potatoes; it was mostly just blue cheese, tomatoes and chicken liver. The few potatoes that were in there had been completely soaked by the bleu cheese therefore making them soggy and unappealing.
Besides baking their own bread, this burger joint seems pretty much ordinary.
Here’s to hoping that this old-timer puts a little more effort and gives the other restaurants a real challenge to keep up.
Charlie’s Grind and Grill
Address: 16 East Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
Telephone: (02) 5010137
Monday – Friday 10:00am to 12:00mn