The Philippine Tourism Office summarized Filipino history as “300 years in a convent and 50 years in Hollywood”. That American history and the close ties to the modern US has instilled a love of burgers in Filipinos as in no other country in Asia. And they are better in Manila than anywhere else in the region. One of the best places to open recently is Pound on Bonifacio High Street!
Pound is by Todd English, focusing no burger and casual food. There are four outlets, in addition to BGC you’ll find them at the MegaMall Ortigas, Robinsons Place Eremita and Alabang Town Center. The BGC store is right on High Street near 7th Avenue, a great location to walk off that big meal afterwards with a stroll through the neighborhood. All the seating is indoors, with a front room next to the open bar and kitchen and a quieter back room. Pound is one of the most stylish burger places I’ve been to, with raw brick walls and metal vents adding to a cool vibe. The tableside service fits the upscale target clientele and is friendly, attentive and knowledgeable.
The menu comes courtesy of your paper place mat and focuses on beef burgers. You can customize them with extra patties, cheese or bacon and sauces. For more discerning taste buds, there are premium extras like foie gras! Add some fries (yay to truffle fries!) or a healthy salad for a complete meal. There are also chicken burgers and some specialty burgers available or smaller sliders to share and try different tastes! Some basic soft drinks, beer and wine as well as dessert round out the menu.
We tried the beef and chicken burgers and the beef burger were my favorite. Add some Gruyere or Gorgonzola cheese makes a nice difference from regular burgers and the truffle fries are a tasty treat! Having seen the treatment of goose, foie gras is forever off my menu, so I can’t tell you about that option! If you still have room in your stomach (or have a separate ice cream stomach), the brownie and vanilla ice cream can make a great end to the meal.
Given the quality of the food and the price level, the drink list is pretty short – cocktails, more choices of wine and beer or some milk shakes would be welcome additions. But the beer comes in cool (literally) copper mugs, a first for me.
Bottomline: So, how does Pounds stack up to other great burger places in Manila? You get some very nice beef burgers with some unusual extras, sides and desserts to keep it interesting. Add great service and the nice decor of the restaurant, and Pound makes a great case for itself. Give it a try when you feel like a burger with a twist and leave time for a good walk after – it’s a big meal!