10 Food Challenges to Try in Manila
Put your appetite to the test!
(SPOT.ph) Sometimes the growling sound from your stomach is more than a call for food, it's a cry for a well-done slab of thrill. A "normal" meal is okay for your daily needs, but when your body craves a taste of adventure on a plate, you must not starve yourself. It hungers for a challenge, it thirsts for glory, and it hunts for restaurants that will satisfy that craving. Here are 10 food adventures that will challenge your appetite.
1. Ristras’ Godzilla Burrito
Your inner animal will roar at the sight of the humongous brute that is Ristras’ Mexican Grill burrito. The Godzilla is stuffed to the corners with your choice of meat, rice, and refried beans-a 2.5-kilo, 20-inch long challenge to finish in a mere 90 minutes. Do so and your meal is free (and you probably won’t be eating in the next few weeks anyway). Fail and you have to cough up P1,200. Prepare your wallet just in case, but our advice is to take it easy. An hour and 30 minutes is a long time.
Ristras Godzilla Burrito has branches at J. Abad Santos corner Lopez Jaena Street, San Juan City (748-7519) and G/F Fairways Tower Condominium, 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.
2. Mother Chucker and Buffy Challenges at Chuck's Deli
You get a P250 gift certificate and a T-shirt, but the real prize is bragging rights-your name on the Chuck’s Deli chalkboard of fame. Chuck's Deli’s Mother Chucker (P149) is a double-decker sandwich lavished with smoked ham, bacon, egg, melted cheese, sliced tomatoes, cucumber, and a serving of onion rings. The Buffy (P295) is a fiery boneless Buffalo chicken sandwich with shredded garlic and lettuce. Finish the former within two-and-a-half minutes or the latter in five, and you win the honor. Hold on to your pockets, challengers won’t be penalized if they can’t complete the mission. Just the bill.
Chuck’s Deli has branches at Serendra, Bonifacio Global City (576-4210, 846-1734) and Eastwood Mall, Quezon City (900-0503, 451-1163).
3. Zark's Jawbreaker and Tombstone Challenges
If you think your appetite goes beyond human, then gorge your way through Zark's Jawbreaker Challenge. Pride is priced at P250. All you have to do is polish off a triple-patty cheeseburger within five minutes. Now before you dust off your shoulder, know that this is four inches wide, five inches tall, and complete with Spam and bacon. Those who find this test a little too easy can graduate to the four-patty Tombstone Challenge (P500) which you have to finish in the same amount of time. Accomplish either one and the burger comes free. You also get a complimentary T-shirt-which you might have to get one size bigger.
Zark’s has branches at Archer's Nook, Taft Avenue, Pasay City (392-1211); Katipunan, Quezon City; and BF Homes, Parañaque City.
4. Burger Avenue's Ridiculous Challenge
Feeling nuts? Check if Burger Avenue's Ridiculous Challenge is crazy enough for you. Their Ridiculous Burger (P328) is a freshly grilled, pure-beef triple patty crammed inside an toasted oatmeal bun and laced with lettuce, juicy tomatoes, and three slices of cheese. Finish it in five minutes and it's free! If you lose, console yourself with this thought: this large sandwich equals three burger portions, but for a much cheaper price-only P224.
Burger Avenue has branches at A. Venue Mall, B. Valdez Street, Makati City (729-9108) and The Fort Strip, Bonifacio Global City.
5. Garage 88's 12-Wheeler Challenge
Rev up your appetite with Garage 88's 12-Wheeler Challenge. This footlong titan is flourished with pure 100% beef patties, chili con carne, tomatoes, lettuce, pickles, a serving of onion rings, and cheese sauces. Conquer it in an hour or less and it's free. You better come here hungry because losing costs P888. Go on. Don’t you want to see your name on their Wall of Conquerors?
Garage 88 is at Karport Building, 32nd Street, Bonifacio Global City (949-4335, 383-6372).
6. Wingsanity Challenge at Buffalo Wings ’N’ Things
If you eat finger chillies in your spare time, then this might be a cinch for your taste buds. Prove your spice tolerance with Buffalo Wings ’N' Things' Wingsanity Challenge for P149. Douse and devour any 1/2 pound of their K-bomb, Ultimate Wingsanity 1.0, or Ultimate Wingsanity 2.0 in 30 minutes or less and you get your photo uploaded in their Wall of Fame, a certificate, and another half pound of wings for free! Talk about a win-win-win wing situation.
Buffalo Wings ’N’ Things has branches at Ortigas Home Depot, Pasig City (212-1212); Solaris One Building, Makati City; Glorietta 5, Makati City; SM North Edsa, Quezon City; Banawe, Quezon City; and SM Megamall, Mandaluyong.
7. Fall of Jericho Challenge at Blissful Delights
Whoever said that ice cream was for kids, well, show them that this sundae is barely child’s play. It’s a 30-minute climb to conquer a steep mountain of ice cream, 2.5 kilos, rocky with M&Ms and wafer sticks, and slippery with chocolate syrup. Rise above this slurry and you will receive a shirt, gift certificates worth P250, your picture on the wall, and those 18 scoops for free!
Blissful Delights is at Victoneta Avenue, Potrero, Malabon (361-5770).
8. Yoshinoya's Gyudon Eating Contest
Yoshinoya's fourth Gyudon Eating Contest is an annual craze worth practicing! The mechanics are simple: consume as much gyudon as you can within five minutes. If you have the most bowls turned over, you advance toward a chance to win a free trip to Japan and up to P150,000 in cash. Just fill up a registration form, sign a health and release waiver, show your valid ID, and out-eat everybody else.
Qualifying rounds are held in Yoshinoya branches (SM Manila, SM Mall of Asia, SM North EDSA, SM Megamall, Glorietta, Robinson's Galleria) from Monday to Friday, April 21 to May 30. Call 633-8555 for more details.
9. Bikkuri Ramen Challenge at Genya Tonkotsu Ramen
Isn’t one bowl challenging enough? Apparently not. Those with unlimited appetites can put their tummy capacity to the test. Brave challengers must take down a 2,500-gram bowl of Bikkuri Ramen within 25 minutes to claim P1,000 and the meal for free, not to mention your triumphant face on their wall for posterity.
Genya Tonkotsu Ramen is at Hobbies of Asia, Macapagal Boulevard, Manila Bay Reclamation Area, Pasay City (552-2698).
10. Striker and Radioactive Chicken Wings Challenge at Burger Company
Roll over to Burger Company and attempt to finish one of their gastronomic quandaries in the hopes of a free meal. The Striker’s Challenge entails eating a Striker Burger with freshly cut fries and iced tea for five minutes or less, while the other match, the Radioactive Chicken Wings Challenge, involves six pieces of insanely spicy Buffalo wings which you have to eat in a minute. Drinking is not allowed. It’s going to be the longest 60 seconds of your life, but that’s what makes it exciting.
Burger Company is at 72B Scout Reyes corner Mother Ignacia Avenue, Barangay Paligsahan, Quezon City.