I’ve been hearing a lot of great things about the food scene in Antipolo. I must admit, I’m pretty biased when it comes to this city because I spent 13 years studying in its confines.
During a recent visit to Pinto Art Museum, we decided to make the most of our trip and experience the gustatory offerings in the area. A quick Google search on where to eat and we decided to check out Chi’s Burgers Company. We checked its Facebook page to gauge its popularity, as well as see reviews by customers. It was reassuring to find out that it had received an award for being the best gourmet burger in Antipolo.
A tip to finding your way to Chi’s Burgers Company is to locate the Shopwise in downtown Antipolo. If you’re coming from Ortigas extension (via Cainta, Tikling), just go straight and follow the route of the Antipolo-Tanay jeeps. Once you see the intersection at Shopwise, take a right.
Right after Nayong Silangan subdivision is this commercial compound with a salon and laundromat downstairs. Look for the signage on the second floor:
You’ll be greeted by a view of their kitchen. I liked this touch because I got to see how clean their prep area was and how sanitary their process was when handling the meat and other ingredients.
We chose to take one of the low tables to appreciate the interiors of the restaurant. The black walls with chalk-like illustrations add a hip, youthful vibe. It also helps lend a cozy feel to the humble space. Plus, they make for an instant selfie-worthy backdrop.
Their menu consists of burgers, sides, add-ons, drinks and desserts. Burgers can go for as low as P100 (3-inch all-beef burger patty sliders) to P240 (Double Chi’s Burger–a two quarter-pounder burger with a toasted black seasame glazed bun and cheddar cheese).
You also have the option to go for add-ons like bacon, blue cheese, emmental cheese, jalapeno, garlic mayo or egg over easy. These range from P20 to P30.
Fries cost P50 to P100, depending on the size. You can also order a side salad for P50. For beverages, they have root beer, pink lemonade and Ovaltine Milkshake, which unfortunately was not available that day. It was disappointing to find out that even their desserts weren’t available that day–both the Chi’s Cake, P150 and the Mud Pie (P150).
I decided to go for the Chi’s Burger, a 1/3 pound all-beef burger patty with lettuce, tomatoes and cheddar cheese, sandwiched between toasted black sesame glazed buns.
Since we chose a combo, we also got fries, onion rings and a drink. I went for pink lemonade. I must say, this platter looked pretty impressive. I like having my drink in a mason jar, my fries in a bucket, and the Flat Tops for a sweet ending and the Clorets to freshen your breath after the meal.
We had the privilege of meeting Chi himself, who really helped make us feel right at home. He even offered us plastic gloves and gave us a tip on how to properly “anchor” the burger with your pinkies so none of the patty, lettuce or tomatoes fall out of the sandwich. Chi also gave my boyfriend a complimentary drink, the house blend iced tea.
We got to chat with him a bit about the restaurant, and apparently they had just opened in October. Thinking about the 3,000 people that had already liked their Facebook page, I must say, that was quite a feat under a little over a month. Chi was friendly, courteous, and getting to meet him gave an even more personal dimension to the whole experience.
The burgers were especially juicy. Sinking my teeth into the patty, I felt how moist the meat was, and saw how much beef juice dripped onto the platter. I like how singed and crisp the patty’s edges were, and enjoyed how it was seasoned. The burger was a bit on the spicy side, which I instantly took a liking to. I’m not a fan of putting ketchup on my burgers.
The fries and rings were a bit on the oily side too, but not to the point they were soggy. They were actually delightfully crispy and salty.
Since the restaurant can only house a few guests at a time, you don’t get that crowded, busy feel, and you get the attention you require from the waitstaff.
They also have a restroom but my only comment is they didn’t have tissue. But I had my Kleenex anyway so problem solved.
They also made us answer a survey (I even took note of how nicely printed they were) and two thumbs up for this because they really value the customers’ feedback and suggestions.
Overall, the meal can be equated to something you’d get at an even higher-end burger joint (we thought of one in Kapitolyo), at one to two thirds of the price. That in itself is reason enough to go back.
Chi’s Burgers Company is located at Quezon Avenue, 1870 Antipolo City, and is open every Monday and Thursday to Sunday from 12 to 9 pm. For more information, visit their Facebook page.
I do not claim to be a food nor burger expert, and I personally paid for this meal.