CHECK IT OUT: Burgers of the World at the Oakroom, Oakwood Premier, Ortigas Center, Pasig

Go around the world, one burger at a time.

Oakwood Premier Joy~Nostalg Center, ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City
Tel. Nos. 719-1160. 637-7888
Burgers of the World is available from August 6 to September 15, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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( One popular magazine declared the hamburger as the symbol of what makes America great: good-natured, egalitarian, bloody (the writer’s words, not ours). No offense to him, nor to America for that matter, but the beauty of a burger-ham or otherwise-is that it’s amazingly protean. No country can claim singular proprietorship. Not the States, not Germany, not France. Though arguably European in origin, this burgeoning sandwich has grown to reflect cultural and culinary creativity in cuisines where it’s been adapted.

As our bank accounts and schedules don’t exactly encourage sailing around the world and sampling various interpretations of burgers, we contented ourselves with Oakroom’s Burgers of the World, a monthlong festival celebrating, what else, but our favorite sandwich.

For this lineup, Oakwood Premier’s Executive Chef Jerome Cartailler crafted 11 burgers inspired by flavors from Italy to the Caribbean. Patties are smoked, jerked, grilled, decked with every garnish imagineable exhausted. Every order is served with a trio of coleslaw, mayonnaise, ketchup, as well as a side of fries. And before you get ahead of yourself with your ordering, each burger, by the way, is roughly the size of an average dinner plate.

For a burger that’s just good ol’ comfort food, we’re torn between the the towering North American Classic Double Double Burger (P705) and the British offering (P550). The former is a double-decked ensemble stacked with Canadian bacon, crisp smoked bacon, Swiss cheese, and onion rings on a sesame bun. Forget about trying to eat it with your hands. The British, on the the other hand, features a gorgeous crisp-fried fish fillet lathered with lime mayo and shredded lettuce on a soft bun. It’s a tad squashy; we wouldn’t mind the patty with just the fries.
The French (P650) is a pan-fried perfection of cognac-flamed beef with melted Camembert on a brioche bun and served with truffle fried potatoes. It looks extraordinarily simple, but each bite explodes with juiciness, spices, and textures. The Korean (P550), meanwhile, is perhaps the most curious: glazed beef with sweet soy and rice wine sauce, and kimchi in between two crisp rice discs. We suggest eating it salad-style; the "bread" is on the crunchy side (think Rice Krispies) and is difficult to slice and spear with a knife and fork.

Other options include the light South Asian Vegetarian (P450), the gingery Caribbean (P570), and the creamy Argentinean (P570). Unfortunately, we didn’t see any burgers cooked a la Pinoy. Until then though, we’d like another one of the France, please. 

Oakroom’s Burgers of the World is running from August 6 to September 15.
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