New Stall The Beef in Hole in the Wall Serves Straight-Up Burgers Without the BullJune 30, 2015
Hole in the Wall has built a sturdy reputation for itself. It defines what a modern food hall should be in the Metro Manila context, as it has become the frequent go-to of many foodies in the area. You’ve got Bad Bird, with its umami chicken that’s addictive and shatteringly crisp down to the very last crumb; the corn it comes with, blanketed in Kewpie has easily become a crowd favorite. Japanese Cheesecake kiosk Green Cheese has infiltrated our Instagram feeds with its iconic smiley imprint. Smoky Bastard is starting to become the talk of town with its craft beers and fine ales. Today, we welcome the new addition to this quirky restaurant collective—The Beef, which, as its name suggests, makes cow the star of the show.
With the rise of burger joints in Metro Manila, it was only imperative that Hole in the Wall followed suit. But here’s where the difference lies—The Beef only has two burgers on its menu, contrary to the notoriously ones dripping in opulent pools of ‘secret sauce’ or stringy puddles of some golden 5-cheese melt. Yup, that’s right. None of the over-the-top stuff here. The Beef cuts the bull and gives it to you straight up in either a regular hamburger or a cheeseburger. Fries are optional. Extra patty and cheese—sure. Fries on their own? Can! And that’s basically the entire menu.
The Beef promises ‘perfect’ burgers, if they’re not, they’ll either replace your meal or give you a refund. They take pride in their no-fuss Wagyu burgers that are pretty much as straightforward as they can get.
We got a regular hamburger and cheeseburger—both with a side of fries. We had to ask for some extra sauce, though, and we wished we asked for extra cheese, but in the bigger scope of all things burger-related, The Beef does its duty of filing you up and leaving you satisfied. The fries are pretty darn good, too—medium cut, and sporting a crisp exterior. No oil-drenched fries here. They are far from greasy and the tartar sauce it comes with makes it the perfect side. Here’s a tip: double dip a fry in the tartar and then in the ketchup. Your welcome.
Now here’s the beef on The Beef. When it comes to burgers, I usually find myself either giving up after chomping ¾ of it, or I remove the top bun and eat it open-faced. The Beef’s size though, was adequate for a solo eater. Hefty in portions, the patty had a balanced ratio of fat and beef. I like how it wasn’t overly seasoned and had just the right amount of salt to it. The staple pink-orange sauce it came with had just the right amount of tang and creaminess—and nope, you’ll be glad to know that it’s not Thousand Island dressing. Some thought was placed into the concoction of the sauce, and you don’t end up eating a burger topped with a dressing that was made for the salad it came with.
So if you fancy a no-frills burger at one Manila’s hippest foodie destinations, then The Beef should do just the trick.
Have you been to The Beef? What’s your take on it? Tell us your thoughts with a comment below!
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Address: Hole in the Wall, 4F, Century City Mall, Kalayaan Ave., Poblacion, Makati City