Verdict: Manila’s version of In-N-Out
Budget: P200 – P250/head
There is only one word to describe the burgers at Sweet Ecstasy – ADDICTIVE. This is slowly but surely becoming known as Manila’s In n Out and I can see why. They keep their menu simple by offering only 3 choices for the burgers: The Hamburger, Cheeseburger or The Double. They also have Chicken Wings (Soy Honey, Sriracha Lime, Thai Red Curry, Honey BBQ and wait for it – Chocolate. Coca. Cola.), Sweet Potato Fries (which I heard comes with Sriracha Honey), Onion Rings and a variety of Milkshakes and Adult Milkshakes you can choose from.
What sets them apart from all the other burger joints is (1) they do not use any fillers for the burger patty itself. The meat they use is 100% fresh making their burgers a quarter pound of pure beefy goodness. They only season it with salt and pepper keeping in mind that quality meat does not need much help in the flavor department. (2) The Ecstasy Sauce may just be a mix of condiments but they add a little something extra to keep you coming back for more. (3) They are not afraid to own up to the fact that the service isn’t the best but that’s only because good food is worth waiting for. They say that your order of wings will take some time before it’s ready but the burgers are made to order so be prepared to wait for that too. If you’re the type that gets “hangry” – bring some cards, order some milkshakes and have fun with your friends while you wait!
What we Ordered:
1. Cheeseburger (with caramelized onions) – I think this would be the reason that Sweet X is the closest thing to In-N-Out here in Manila. The presentation of the burgers though not so pretty is exactly what you can expect to get in the States. Don’t let it’s (not so pleasant) looks fool you though, each bite is packed with flavor! The brioche bun that they use helps soak up all the juices from the delicious beef patty making sure that you don’t miss out on any of the flavors. If you think you know how to eat a burger, you’re probably wrong but here’s a guide to help you because you’re surely going to need it for this juicy burger! For me, this would be classified as the perfect comfort food – you get all the good flavors without hurting your wallet.
2. Cheeseburger (with caramelized onions & replaced the buns for a lettuce wrap) – As soon as I found out that you could have your burger buns replaced for a lettuce wrap for an additional P20 only that’s exactly what I did! I’m so glad that there is a burger joint in Manila that offers this option, it shows that they don’t only care about the food that they serve but also the customers who eat there. The meat patty was perfectly seasoned and juicy to the point that I completely forgot I wasn’t having any bread. You can taste a hint of butter in every bite. (Alert the Ketogenic dieters!!) I also didn’t end up feeling bloated after dinner so plus points for that! I would definitely have this again (and again and again) and I would recommend everyone, whether on a low carb diet or not, to give this option a try because you get to really savor the flavor of the 100% pure beef without any bread getting in the way.
3. Sriracha Lime Wings – This has my name written all over it, I’m not even kidding. I am obsessed with Sriracha and lime separately – it is part of my everyday food life. (I love me some calamansi!!) I put lime on literally everything I eat everyday; we actually have to buy kilos of the stuff to keep at home. These chicken wings will literally make your mouth water – it is spicy, sweet and tangy all at the same time. It is marinated in Sriracha sauce allowing the chicken to soak up all that spicy goodness before they fry it up for you to enjoy.
4. Ecstasy Fries – This will probably be all that I crave for from now on. The Ecstasy Sauce that they use is exactly what I imagine Ed’s Sauce from Good Burger tastes like. It is a perfect combination of every condiment you would put on a burger with an added kick to it. I’ve always wondered what Ed’s Sauce tastes like and I think this is it, you guys!
I just know that this is going to be one of those places that I visit regularly because I’ve already planned my next order! Double Burger and Sweet Potato fries, I’m coming for you.