Sweet Ecstasy

We first saw Sweet Ecstasy at Cubao X, and one of their signs promised that they serve the best burgers. I thought that was a bit strange; given the name “Sweet Ecstasy,” I’d expected them to serve cakes and cupcakes and, well, everything sweet. We had always planned to check it out, but we can’t usually be bothered to make our way to Cubao.

And then a couple of months ago, I found out that Sweet Ecstasy was coming to Regis Center along Katipunan, occupying the space that was previously occupied by Saint’s Alp Teahouse, if I remember correctly. I monitored their movements and was even aware of the days when they had stress tests and served free food. I couldn’t make it on those days, unfortunately, so I had to wait for their soft opening, when they would be open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

TJ and I finally made our way to Sweet Ecstasy last week. The space looked a bit industrial, and the menu was nice and basic: burgers, wings, different kinds of fries, softdrinks, and milkshakes.

Sweet Ecstasy

We kept our orders simple. TJ had a hamburger with caramelized onions (P175), I had a cheeseburger with fresh onions (P195), an order of Fantastic Fries (P80), a Coke, and a chocolate milkshake (P160).

Sweet Ecstasy

Sweet Ecstasy, hamburger

Sweet Ecstasy, cheeseburger

Sorry for the blurry pic!

It’s true. They really do serve the best burgers. The patties were truly beefy and nicely cooked and not at all perfectly formed, which is nice to see because they look handmade that way. The bread was lightly toasted and buttered, and the vegetables were crisp and fresh. Best of all, it was very filling. I would honestly go back to Sweet Ecstasy as often as I can, and I’m pretty happy that they start their regular hours this week, opening at 10 a.m. every day!

The Halal Guys

There was a lot of excitement when news came out earlier this year that New York’s The Halal Guys is setting up shop here. The opening was pushed back a couple of times, but they finally opened in mid-October at the SM Mega Food Hall in SM Megamall. We decided it wasn’t in our best interest to check it out then because the lines were reportedly long and we have no patience for that sort of thing. So we went earlier this month instead. However, we were still met with a considerable line. We stayed anyway.

The Halal Guys

The Halal Guys

The Halal Guys

We ordered a small chicken over rice (P239), falafel over rice (P199), and hummus (P189) for the pita bread that comes with the rice platters.

The Halal Guys

The Halal Guys, chicken over rice

The Halal Guys, falafel over rice

The Halal Guys

Unfortunately, we weren’t very happy with the food. The chicken was a handful of dry, stringy pieces, and the falafel was just as dry, plucked from a tray of premade falafel. Not that I was expecting everything to be made fresh to order, only that the falafel should be at least warm. The pita bread was unusually thick an, again, not even warm. The Halal Guys is supposed to be beloved in New York City, drawing long lines of people, but given what we ate that day, we weren’t sure why. We hope they were just having an off day when we went.

Support Hiraya Chocolates

Chocolate is always a good thing, and locally made chocolate that helps communities is even better. Over at The Spark Project, Hiraya Chocolates, a local chocolate maker that uses cacao beans from Davao and supports the cacao farmers, is calling for help in funding a cacao bean processing facility for their farmer community in Malabog, Davao and a cacao seedling nursery for propagating heirloom cacao varieties. Check out their video below and their fundraising page here!