Yesterday, I took the jeepney into the city and got a haircut and took care of a few other things. On the way, I saw this new restaurant just near our house. They had a big banner hanging in front of the place with a photograph of a hamburger, and advertising their “Amara Hamburger” for just P25.
Wow, the photo really, really looked good. Nice bun and a huge piece of meat. Just P25? I decided that on the way home I was going to stop there and pick up a couple burgers for lunch. I usually only eat one burger, but I figured that for P25 it might not be as big as the photo suggested, so I’d get 2 just in case.
Well, I waited about 45 minutes for the burgers to be made. I got them “to go” and brought them home with me. When I got home and looked at the burgers… they had huge buns. The meat inside was about the size of a slice of pickle! That small, and that thin also. I think that I would need about 10 or 12 of those burgers, take all the “meat patties” and put them on one bun, and I’d have a small burger then! Ha ha. I combined the two meat patties on to one bun, but it was still just a bunch of bread and not much else. What a terrible lunch. Believe me, I won’t be having many more Amara burgers! And, I waited 45 minutes for that? Oh my… at least I took it all in good stride!
Well, I was having an e-mail exchange with a friend this morning, and I told him about my burger experience. He suggested that the burger reminded him of the old Wendy’s Commercial, “Where’s the Beef.” For those who have not seen that video, have a look below:
The only thing I could suggest was that my friend was right on target! I had forgotten about the Wendy’s ad, but it certainly mirrored my experience.
You know, I am going to tell you the absolute truth on this… when I saw that sign for the hamburgers yesterday, the picture of the burger looked so darned good that the whole time I was in the City, I was thinking of the Amara Burger, and how I was going to pick one up on the way home. It had literally taken control of my mind, and all I could think about was that succulent burger! Ha ha… I should have considered that you can’t get much for P25! Actually, I did think of that, but I dismissed it thinking that this was some kind of loss leader promo to get people in to the restaurant! Ha ha… Another thing, when I got home, I opened the burger and found it was slathered with Mayo (which I don’t like), and Banana Catsup, which I can barely tolerate. There was more sauce on the burger than meat! Ha ha.. oh well, lesson learned.
So, that’s the way the burger bounces in the Philippines!