If you’re lost in the middle of a commute or walking along a busy street looking for cheap grub, Burger Machine is both a rare yet regular sight to see. On one hand, you wonder how it still manages to survive amidst its less fortunate locations. On the other, its filling yet extremely cheap burger combos are perfect during a late night run or when your wallet has bled its worth. Regulars who frequent Burger Machine will find that their menu has so much more to offer beyond double patties and other combo burgers, such as the sans rival.
Yes, you read that right: Burger Machine sells sans rival! For just PHP 18, you can order a soft, buttercream filled dessert to go with your burger. Burger Machine’s sans rival was a godsend back when I worked in Rockwell, as it removed that odd after taste I got after having one of the burgers. But even on its own, Burger Machine’s sans rival stands out and makes for an appetizing merienda. Although smaller than what you’d get at a local café, you taste far more than the PHP 18 you paid. That creamy, slightly sweet, but dominantly buttery flavor hits the sweet spot upon first bite. The sans rival is small enough to carry around and consume while you’re walking. Don’t let the messy presentation fool you: all that buttercream is worth getting all over your mouth and hands. The buttercream is also contrasted by enough cashews, which all crunch in the mouth.
There’s so much happening in this tiny sans rival that it’s hard to believe it only goes for less than twenty bucks. It’s also an unlikely menu item given Burger Machine’s reputation and roster, but those who visit that go-to stall definitely know the hidden treat displayed proudly on their menu.