The calm before the storm
After a week-long absence from blogging, I'm back for the next chapter of my adventures! My next stop was during a trip to SM Marikina. First of all, I was surprised that the mall itself was a lot nicer than I thought it would be. But then again, it's SM, so how different could it be, right?
But since one of the newer malls, the place was still lacking in restaurant choices. I already went to TOSH, and I wasn't planning on doing a post on Burger King, so the next best choice was either Burgoo or Teriyaki Boy. For some reason that I cannot understand, I chose Burgoo.
I've always seen Burgoo as something like a "Poor Man's TGI-Fridays" - except without the good food. Huge portions, a wide range of choices, but I have yet to try something there that blows my mind away. It does have a clean, comfortable atmosphere to it, and the staff go out of their way to be friendly and courteous.
Just call me "Leonardo Da Richie"
What I really enjoyed about Burgoo were the crayons. I don't know how to draw at all, (as evidenced by the picture above) but I like the thought of being allowed to draw on the dinner table before a meal.
Serious ah (I was trying to draw a guy in a Lakers uniform btw)
I'm still a bit disappointed with myself for going to Burgoo again. I had been there a couple of months earlier, and wasn't really satisfied with my experience. The only reason we went there in the first place was because we got a coupon for free breaded pork chops. (It was totally fine, but not worth the price had I been actually required to pay for it.)
Looks like a potato volcano
To start off the meal, I ordered the Mashed Potatoes Mexicano (P175). When I read the menu, I saw it said potatoes, with Bacon and cheddar cheese, so I didn't need to read any further. I was hoping for soft, creamy mashed potatoes that would have the smokey taste of bacon and the richness of cheddar cheese.
Watch out, they fight back
Perhaps the best thing about the The Burgoo Kebabs (P325), was the option of mixing and matching between beef and chicken, but sadly, both options were mediocre. The "Kebab" sauce was basically peanut sauce you could get at the grocery. The "grilled onions" were raw onions with the top layer singed. The Java rice was pretty decent, but the meat of both the Beef were a bit dry, and it was such a struggle to get the beef out of its stick, that I accidentally flicked the kebab sauce unto my shirt!
Looks more like a salad than a pasta dish
Even during my first visit to Burgoo, I was intrigued by the Szechuan Steak Linguini (P345). On paper it actually sounded pretty good. In real life, it tasted like paper. Actually, the taste was so bland, I might as well have eaten the drawing I made earlier. With a smorgasbord of ingredients, (including an overload of veggies) you'd expect some semblance of taste. But there was none whatsoever. The only time I got a kick of flavor was when I bit into a large chunk of ginger, and I can tell you right now, it wasn't too pleasant. even the garlic bread was dry and hard. The only thing i can say about it was, the noodles were cooked well.
The look on her face says it all
In fact, after receiving the bill, I realized maybe Burger King really was the way to go. And my perception of Burgoo being a "Poor Mans TGI-Fridays"? After this experience, I can safely say it wasn't even a "Homeless Man's TGI-Fridays"!