|A table of healthy and irresistibly delicious treats at H.I.D. Burgers|
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Are you in pursuit of satiating your burger craving with something unique in Metro Manila? At the City Golf Plaza in Ortigas Center, H.I.D. Burgers may just fulfill your unusual taste for the great American favorite snack. The burger joint's name stands for "Healthy" and "Irresistibly Delicious" which is what it offers basically. What's more, the flame-grilled burger patties are not made of beef. Defying the typical way of serving burgers, the Pasig City-based restaurant has been known in its other branches in Cainta, Antipolo, Pasong Tamo, Highway Hills and Fairview to keep hungry guests satisfied over burgers made from 100% high quality chicken. Diners can always expect to tear into pure chicken in burger format that's done gourmet-style because the treats are prepared without any extenders.
Having dined at this burger joint for lunch one weekend with friends, I managed to sample some of its specials, plus a lot more. I've determined four reasons why H.I.D. Burgers is worth your next food trip if you have not heard of it before:
|Meditteranean, Big Dogg-style (arf!)|
1. Burgers Flipped Between Pandesal Buns
If you're used to having your burger in the typical soft buns that pay homage to the snack's American roots, you'll flip out knowing that burgers in this joint are remarkably Filipino in taste. Having one is like waking up to a pleasant breakfast. It's because the bread used for buns here is the same one that Pinoys have been accustomed to eating in the morning -- the pan de sal or pandesal.
The slightly sweet taste of the bread adds character to the order and its crunchy texture seems to perk up one's craving even more with every bite. This tasty twist alone is enough reason to make you convinced why the restaurant is quite effective appealing to the local market. As for foreign taste buds, there's always room for curiosity.
|Hungarian Sausage Slices (best with booze or soda)|
The specials at H.I.D. can be ordered in four ways -- in Deluxe Burger (single patty; 1/4 pound), Premier Burger (double patty), Combo Burger (combination of burger and sausage) or in Big Dogg (Hungarian Sausage) format. The many ways to have your tasty fix at this joint is enough an adventure to rid you of your snack boredom.
For starters, I had the the Barbecue & Coleslaw that was made with special BBQ sauce on a layer of coleslaw. I also tried the Cheesebomb, the restaurant's burger special for cheese lovers who will go crazy over a layered treat of mozzarella cheese, cream cheese, and cheese sauce.
|Barbecue & Coleslaw|
The restaurant is also starting to become popular for its other specials like sausages, wings, and nuggets which is why trying out a flavor from its list of specials like the Meditteranean can be exciting. I ordered such flavor in Big Dogg format wherein the Hungarian Sausage is delectably served with bell peppers, onions and garlic sauce.
Since the restaurant also serves booze because of its location in Ortigas as a snack destination for call center agents, Hungarian Sausage Slices can be a worthy treat to end one's long day. It's basically slices of flame-grilled Hungarian sausages that a guest can order to go with one's burger. We had one at the table sans the booze, but it still appealed to me as an appetizing treat that I could snack on in between bites of my ordered burger flavors.
Girls who are conscious about their weight normally stay away from burger joints because they think the food served there is the culprit. And they may be right. Fortunately, H.I.D. Burgers has the Low Carb option to make anyone enjoy a burger without the bun. I had a variant of the BLT served Low Carb-style and it's like ordering a salad but with the sinful stuff still tossed in the middle of the layers of the crispy lettuce.
4. It's Open In The Wee Hours
One of the best things about the restaurant is its operating hours. Knowing that a burger craving can stalk a person any time of the day, especially in the wee hours, H.I.D. Burgers has its doors open until 3:00am daily at the City Golf Plaza branch.
|View of Dona Julia Vargas Avenue on a good day|
|City Golf Plaza|
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Address: Dona Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Brgy. Ugong, Pasig City, Philippines
Cainta, Congressional Avenue, Marcos Highway, Mandaluyong City, Fairview
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