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Trying Out New Treats At Wham Burger

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I know I’ve mentioned that I am a big fan of Wham Burger. I have dined in their branches at Shangri-la Mall and in Quezon City and I have only good words about my experience. Needless to say, I just had to say yes when I got an invite to try the new items on their menu at their SM North ~ The Block branch.

Now a food review is something new to me, but it s easy enough as other reviews go and I really had a great time trying out one Wham treat after another with fellow foodie bloggers. I won’t keep you waiting for much longer, here are the food items we tried that day and my two cents about them:

Wham With Cheese

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This huge burger treat boasts of a rich, char-grilled 100% beef flavor and any burger-loving foodie will never go wrong with this one. Add a generous slice of cheese to the mix and you got a perfect burger anyone would simply love! Just a warning, if you plan to sample more Wham Burger dishes, do share this very big burger with your companion! ^_^

Slider Trio

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The Slider Trio {php250} is another new offering at Wham Burger and it is comprised of 3 Wham Burger best sellers in smaller size ~ Cheese Burger, Wham Burger and Bacon Burger. This is a perfect treat for first-timer and when dining in with your family or your friends, as you can easily sample 3 different burgers in one order and have the option to finish it all by yourself or sharing it with 2 of your companions.

The Perfect Side Dishes:

Any Wham Burger meal is made better with any or all of these equally yummy side dishes!

Spaghetti Fries {Php70}

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This is one of the side dishes I absolutely enjoyed that day. I simply love the spaghetti as it reminds me so much of the sweet and meaty spaghetti my Mama used to make for us. I did not know spaghetti and fries go too well together until I tried this! It is just delish and is now one of my faves!

Pepper Poppers {Php70}

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This is one of my new Wham Burger faves! We simply cannot stop popping these onto our mouths. I particularly enjoyed the crunchy bite, but the revelation is the cheesy, gooey Jalapeno filling. The union of Jalapeno and cheese is simply love and I really enjoyed its yummy flavor! This one is really a must-try!

Potato Wedges {Php70}

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These potato wedges are ideal for those who simply love to eat their burger with fries. The generous potato slices is a bonus to allow you to enjoy your potatoes even more!

Onion Rings {Php70}

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I always order this whenever I eat at Wham Burger, what can I say. Onion rings are simply my fave and Wham Burger has one of the best onion rings around! But do not take my word for it, you have to try them for yourself!

Cross Trax Fries {Php70}

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This is another interesting potato side dish that would complement any burger meal well. I also enjoyed downing a few pieces.

Mum’s two cents

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As always, Wham Burger never fails to deliver! I have always loved and enjoyed their grilled tasty burger that is why every dining experience in one of their branches is something to look forward to. And did I mention that it is the only Filipino-owned burger chain around? Yes, they are that cool!

My most fave will have to be the Spaghetti Fries which really captures the Filipino’s love for sweet spaghetti, topped it with fries and it’s a mouth-watering treat all its own. Another crowd favorite is the Pepper Popper and we simply cannot get enough of its delicious gooey goodness. And now that I think about it, I cannot wait to have another bite. Of course, I also enjoyed the burger meals I have tried that day! I am looking forward to my next dining experience at Wham Burger and these new treat will surely be included in my meal! Do try these new delectable items in the Wham Burger menu, along with their other bestsellers, if you haven’t already! 🙂

Note: It has been sometime since I have updated this foodie blog and I cannot wait to share some of the most delicious discoveries I made lately. I will make sure to update you soon with great food finds and anything food-related, like this cool website for table linens, for example. In the meantime, let us all have a delicious life, shall we? ^_^

Wham Burgers
Branches: Katipunan, Shangri-La Edsa Plaza, Midtown Mall, SM North Edsa ~ The Block, and Mall of Asia
Website: www.whamburgers.com
Facebook:  Wham! Burger

Twitter:  @WhamBurgersPH
Instagram: @whamburgersph

Affordable Awesome Burger at Wham

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Wham Burger is one our favorite places to eat prior to the era when our little tot got in charge of choosing our next dining place most of the time. I simply love the taste of their grilled burgers and I cannot wait to sample those again. Oh well, I am just glad I am invited to review their SM North Edsa ~ The Block branch this coming weekend. I will be sure to tell you all about the gastronomic experience. Meanwhile, read more about Wham Burger and their new offerings here:

 

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Wham with Cheese

When it comes to burger, most people would think about it as a comforting meal and perhaps the safest choice when craving for something fast yet satisfying. However, many will agree that not all burgers are  created the same,  purveyors can be partial over a tried and tested recipe with American appeal coupled with an awesome classic taste that stands out. 

Back in 2000, there weren’t really too much options for something one may call an affordable legendary burger—one is left with a choice of either having a basic burger in a fast food or very expensive hotels for something fancy. This was then the beginning for good friends Tony Yap and Dondi Lazaro to profusely experiment for their own concoction, particularly Dondi who is a graduate of HRA at University of the Philippines. After several trials, all signs point to build their own burger brand especially when both of their friends and families gave their seal of approval with their unique recipe discovery. 

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Although the evolution of gourmet burger didn’t happen overnight, there was surely a good market for foodies who has grown weary of the typical offerings and go beyond the usual flavors but still affordable. Now, food lovers in the Philippines have long known that good quality burger is a must-have item in a casual-style restaurant. 

Wham was near an instant hit in its first Quezon City branch for capturing the elements of what an outstanding burger should be: huge, hearty, and tucked with impeccably good beef. Celebrated for its never frozen patty perfection, the secret is also in its grilling equipment—a hybrid of electric and gas with pure charcoal on top. Cooking under the coals not only creates a savory, smoky flavor with an invitingly charred exterior, it rounds out an incomparable juicy texture in its strictly one third pound, certified no extender robust beef with 80-20 lean and fat. With its no short cuts, homemade-style formula that’s far from a typical fast food style or too expensive hotel burger, Wham is a bold version that sums up to affordable gourmet quality burger. 

Prides itself for introducing a 100% Filipino burger brand with outstanding product and service, most people perceive that Wham is an international franchise. “The initial simplicity of the food  and items inspired from my international travels very much worked. Along the way, we had to adapt to Filipino taste, like adding Spaghetti in the menu because kids loved it and wouldn’t eat anything else. And the major draw about our burger is how we cook our patty. We use the old-fashioned real charcoals”, Tony shares. While its standard speaks for the quality of the ingredients, Wham defied all expectations by introducing something far from a mundane category.  

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The colorful, comic-inspired interiors of the outlet is a welcoming surprise to the customers from the very beginning since it lends a fun, awe-inspiring vibe which eventually became the signature feel and look of of the stores. Interestingly,  one of its flagship item “Kapow” was adopted from a comic scene to denote a sound effect. 

With no bells and whistles or complicated ingredients such as MSG, Wham Burgers remain on top of mind when questing for a satisfying burger with real beef that one can taste. Another factor that gives this classic favorite a breed apart? Side choices such as potato or bite-sized chicken are satisfying and as flavorful as the mains which amps up the burger eating experience. 

After Dondi and his family relocated to Ilocos, Wham officially became a family-owned business of Tony Yap with wife Camille, brother-in-laws Joby and Kiko with sister-in-law Liza. It was the then the beginning of its expansion, currently with five branches including its first-ever Katipunan QC, followed by Shangri-La Edsa Plaza, Robinsons Midtown Mall, SM North Edsa The Block, Molito Alabang and Mall of Asia.  

Wham Burgers
Branches: Katipunan, Shangri-La Edsa Plaza, Midtown Mall, SM North Edsa ~ The Block, and Mall of Asia
Website: www.whamburgers.com
Facebook:  Wham! Burger

Twitter:  @WhamBurgersPH
Instagram: @whamburgersph

 

mother’s day special dinner set menu only at solaire resort

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Mothers know best. But this time, Solaire has thought of the best for the special women in our lives. From the special discounted rates in the ultimate family staycation to the exquisite set menus in our fine dining establishments, we’ve made sure that this will be one unforgettable Mother’s Day.

Bring the entire family this ‘Mother’s Day weekend’ and stay in one of our luxurious suites with discounted rates. Under the Summer Family Getaway packages, our rooms go as low as PhP6,000++ for Deluxe Room Cityview and PhP7,000++ for the Deluxe Room Bayview. The special rates are also available in Grand Deluxe Cityview (PhP8,000++), Grand Deluxe Bayview (PhP9,000++) and 2-Bay Suite (PhP12,000).

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Our amazing staycation packages come with an impeccable buffet breakfast for two adults and two kids age 6 years and below. For kids who are 7 to 12 years old, we offer a 50% dining discount. Your stay also includes a free use of the swimming pool and the fitness center. To test your luck, the package comes with PhP500 worth of gaming credits.

If you opt to celebrate mom’s special day with a lavish dinner, we have prepared delectable set menus in Fresh, Yakumi, Finestra, Red Lantern and Strip. Everyone in the family can enjoy our mini pizza creation of the day (Roasted Branzino in potato crust, Versuvio tomatoes, white wine and Gamberoni), Pasta Carbonara in rich and creamy sauce with pancetta bacon, Limon Cello lemon and Chicken Parmigiano at our Italian restaurant Finestra.

For the lovers of Japanese cuisine, meanwhile, we offer a special menu that includes Gyuniku Tataki (Seared beef strip loin with onion dressing and micro herbs), Yakumi Sushi and sashimi sampler, Lobster mini soup, Ebi tempura, Chilean Seabass teriyaki and Steamed Japanese style egg custard with foie gras.

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Red Lantern also offers a sumptuous set menu for those who prefer Chinese dishes. The family can feast on Hand rolled Beijing duck, Pumpkin soup with seafood and white fungus, Deep fried crispy shrimps with sweet mayonnaise, Wok fried prime beef black pepper sauce, Steamed sliced fish with Tofu in black bean sauce, the seasons best vegetables with oyster sauce, and Braised noodles with spring onions and ginger sesame oil.

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Steak house Strip also offers a Mother’s Day menu consisting of Green Pea sphere and crisp ham; Tomato salad dried olive oil and goat’s cheese; Foie gras crumble mousse with candied fruit and nut; Seared tuna blood orange sponge, watermelon and labuyo chili crust; Pork belly beer braised and tomato relish; Smoked Angus beef and Caramel Sand torch banana.

All of our set menus are priced at PhP1,900 and all come with the Solaire Mother’s Day creation, the Caramel cheesecake with red berries and white chocolate silk. If you want to go all –out however, our buffet outlet Fresh is ready with Lechon (Charcoal grilled suckling pig), Roasted prime rib of ‘Gold Label’ prime beef, Brioche baked whole salmon Coulibiac, seafood delights and a long list of desserts which include tarts, cupcakes, cookies, parfaits, doughnuts, puddings and cakes.

May it be the ultimate staycation or a gastronomic adventure in one of our first-class restaurants, Mother’s Day at Solaire is definitely a great bonding opportunity for the entire family.

For reservations, call 888 8888 or log on to www.solaireresort.com for more details.

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