One thing that I hear from a lot of expats here (especially from American expats) is that they really wish that they could find a good hamburger in the Philippines. Well, I have to agree that finding a good burger here is not an easy thing. Many times, the meat is sub-standard, the buns are made with sweet, sugary bread, etc. Overall, it just is not the kind of burger that we are used to. After all, what is more American than a good hamburger?
Well, over the years I have found a number of places with a decent hamburger, but never the perfect burger. Al’s Diner has been a favorite of mine for a decent burger, but still, it could not compete as being on par with some of the better burgers from the USA. Another local burger place that is quite good is Space Burger. Again, it’s good, it’s not great, though.
So, even though I had found a couple of burger places in Davao that were “pretty good,” the quest continued for the ultimate burger in Davao.
About 2 weeks ago, I was reading an article in our local newspaper. The article was about the grand opening of a place in the Damosa area of Davao. The place was called “Brothers Burger” and they served gourmet hamburgers. Hmm… gourmet hamburgers? That did it for me, and Feyma and I went there to give it a try for dinner that evening.
At first, I must admit, I was disappointed in the place. I went there expecting a somewhat upscale restaurant. It turned out to be a rather simple fastfood place. I expected nice tables and chairs, maybe akin to a “sports bar” type atmosphere. Instead, they have plastic tables and chairs, and only a few tables in the entire place.
But wait… every table was full. Tables outside on the sidewalk were all full. In fact, there were people sitting on the curb eating hamburgers. When I looked inside, there were about 15 people waiting in line to order. Hmm… if the place was attracting this many people, I believe that it must be good. So, I waited in line to order a burger.
Now, in this place, ordering a burger is, in itself, a task. Why? Because there are so many good burgers to choose from! For my first visit, I ordered a “Wagyu Burger” which is made with premium wagyu beef, among the most premium beef in the world. Because they were so busy, it took 30 minutes for our food to be served! I was a little upset about it taking so long, but I’ll say more about that later in the article.
Once the food was served – we both ordered burgers and onion rings – WOW! What a great burger! To be honest, this was the best hamburger that I had ever eaten in my life. The onion rings were excellent too. The quality of the beef used on the burger was so good, it was like no beef I had eaten since coming to the Philippines. The bun was an oatmeal bun that had no sweetness, and was simply delicious.
Now, here is one thing to keep in mind, though… the place is expensive! My Wagyu Burger was P350, about $7.50. This was a big burger, but not huge. $7.50 is a high price for this burger. But, these are imported ingredients, so it is understandable. They have other burgers for less, in fact, the Wagyu is their most expensive burger. Most of the gourmet hamburgers are in the P250 price range, but they even have some for less than P200. So, don’t expect to go get a burger for P20 or P30 like you can find at McDonald’s. But, again, don’t expect to get the quality of burger that you would find at McDonald’s either. This Brothers Burger is like a Cadillac, compared to the little economy car you will find at McDonalds!
So, I have now become addicted to Brothers Burger. I have sent my nephew there several times to pick up a burger for my lunch or whatever. I am trying many of their different burgers too. Right now, I must say that my favorite is their Black Angus Burger. It has a half pound of pure angus beef on it, with lettuce, tomatoes, barbecue sauce, and an oatmeal bun. It’s quite a treat.
Last week, I called a friend and asked if he was interested in going out for lunch. I told him about Brothers Burgers, and how good it was. I think he might have been a little skeptical, but he told me I had always steered him right when it came to restaurants, so we went and gave it a try. My friend had the Brothers Pounder, which has two half pound patties among other things. He was simply amazed with the burger and told me that it was the best burger he had eaten in his life (he is American too, and had eaten at some high end hamburger joints in the States). I agreed. He is now a regular customer at Brothers Burger too. I am a little upset, though, as Brothers Burger is located very near his house, but it is a long drive from me!
When I took my friend, I noticed that the speed and service had improved a lot too! I even talked to the manager, and she told me that it is something they had been working on, and she was happy that I noticed an improvement.
Brothers Burger is a franchise, and they have branches at many high-end locations around the Philippines. If you find yourself near a Brothers Burger outlet, I recommend them highly!
Let me say, this is not a paid post. Brothers Burger has paid me nothing, and they don’t even know that I am posting this article. In interest of full disclosure, though, I have contacted their marketing department in Manila in hopes of getting them to advertise on this site. I believe that my readers would really enjoy their product, and because of that, I believe that advertising here on LiP would be a good move for them to make. But, everything I said about the place and their food is what I honestly feel.