And with Marc and I’s burger binges, I went back to Salcedo Market (after god knows how long) and tried some of their burger choices. Well, just one burger really, and a few other things I haven’t tried before. I’ll save the old favorites for another post.
I arrived a bit late. Around 1PM when the shops were closing up. I had targeted the Wagyu burger3, but they ran out by that time. I ended up with the burgers over at Down to Earth. It’s on the right side, inside the tents, where they advertise grass-fed beef. I was intrigued, of course.
For P150.00, I’d get a chunk of beefy goodness of a burger — I’m guessing it’s about 1/3 of a pound4 For an extra P25.00 bucks, I’d get either quality bacon (which I did not try) or mozzarella cheese (a no brainer for me).
Suffice to say, I was a bit disappointed. It’s not as bad the ones in Mercato. I finished the burger5 this time, but I expected a lot more. I felt it was a bit under-seasoned. The right amount of salt does wonders. Trust me. Second, the cheese didn’t melt so I have doubts about the quality of the cheese because mozzarella melts quite easily. I’m sure the bacon would’ve been great, but I really wanted to taste the beef.
But, there are worse burger out there. I mean seriously, I haven’t had anything worse than Steamed Burgers. Yuck! And for a fraction of the cost, you’d get more than one bite in. They’ll give you a card where you get your 10th burger for free. Let’s just say I might not reach the 10th burger.
I did get two old-time favorite though, fresh shake… (Just mango this time. For less than 100 bucks.)
And Baklava, an old Greek/Turkish delight, for dessert. It’s actually cheaper if you get it in Salcedo Market vs. the other shops/restaurants that serve this dish.
Saving grace of the day was the Sliced Angus with Chimichurri. For 250 bucks, my sister got the dish of the day. Well, let me qualify. Beef quality was not so good. Veiny, fatty, hard to chew. But the flavor of the beef, the rice, and the chimichurri made me soil myself.
It’s probably not authentic Argentinian flavor, but this is my first time trying so I probably can’t say. I wouldn’t brave the Makati traffic during Christmas season to get this dish, but it’s safe to say I’d order this dish again… and again.