Sunday, September 4, 2016

Sunday, September 04, 2016
A table of healthy and irresistibly delicious treats at H.I.D. Burgers



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.

H.I.D. Burgers also takes pride in serving its burger treats upon being ordered which means they are not pre-cooked so as to guarantee its irresistibly delicious taste. The several minutes of waiting time has been tested by many of its patrons to be worth the wait anyway.

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:

Beastmode BLT
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)
2. No One's Too Chicken For Chicken Burgers and Sausages

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.

For those who still crave beef in their burgers, the restaurant has the aptly called Beastmode BLT (short for Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato) that's loaded with cheese sauce aside from having onions and mayo. I ordered one and initially it didn't look hefty at all, so it was not really intimidating to feast on. However, I was able to determine the whopping difference of its 200 gram all-beef patty with bacon and other good stuff once I tore into it. It was definitely filling!

Low Carb BLT
3. You Can Go Healthy Sans The Bun

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
My dining experience at H.I.D. Burgers' newest branch at the City Golf Plaza was truly healthy and irresistibly delicious as the restaurant's name suggests. Most of what I ordered with friends were good for sharing that we ended up tasting a little bit of everything. Maybe next time, I can drop by at 2:00am before closing time.

H.I.D. Burgers

Official Facebook fan page of H.I.D. Burgers

Address: Dona Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Brgy. Ugong, Pasig City, Philippines

Our Branches:
Cainta, Congressional Avenue, Marcos Highway, Mandaluyong City, Fairview

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