BBB: Big Better Burgers

Friday, February 03, 2012
Who wouldn't be tempted to try out a fast-casual food station when it proudly banners a combination of these three very enticing words -- bigger, better and burgers? Definitely not my date and I. So when we were given an opportunity to eat at this burger joint earlier this week, we went ahead and paid it a visit with our big, growling stomachs.

Big Better Burgers

Big Better Burgers is actually not that new to us. We've already tried out some of their burgers over a year ago. However, we never knew back then that BBB is actually a venture of chef-cum-entrepreneur Eric Teotico, with his siblings Chiqui Teotico and Nanette Teotico Soriano. Being a family-owned business, BBB wanted to deviate from the regular American burgers which are often big and juicy, but bland. So to cater to the Filipino palate, they have experimented and tediously tweaked their patties to make big, juicy, tender, pure beef, and grilled burgers that both young and adult Filipinos can enjoy.

Big Better Burgers Interior Big Better Burgers Seats

Big Better Burgers' flagship store in SM North Edsa Annex exudes an inviting casual vibe despite having just a small area. Photos of scrumptious burgers line up on its red and off-white walls, effectively attracting any unwary visitors. The soft lighting also gives a sense of comfort to diners, as well as aide to budding food photographers. And fear not of uncomfy fast food chairs, 'cause BBB has wooden ones with cushion to cradle your bottom as you enjoy any of their meaty treats.

And of course, matching this simple yet quite nicely decorated space is BBB's pride -- their burgers. So without further delay, our group composed of fellow bloggers and OpenRicers got ourselves digging in to what Big Better Burgers can offer.

BBB Mushroom Loco

We first got to sample their line of premium burgers starting with the Mushroom Loco (P152) which had one-third pound of grilled beef patty, lettuce, quezoloco and button mushrooms in burgundy sauce, sandwiched between beautifully-grilled country style buns. Although the mushroom and grilled patty combo is already quite common in most of Metro's burger joints, I really liked how BBB's tasted. The beef patty was indeed juicy and meaty, tender and well-seasoned. But, what I find more special was actually the bun. It was quite similar to a Pinoy favorite -- the pandesal. BBB's though was a moist and less powdery version which oozes with a nicely-charred flavor.

BBB Shiitake Teriyaki

Next served was this unique Japanese-influenced variant, the Shiitake Teriyaki (P152) which also had one-third pound of grilled beef patty, along with shiitake mushrooms, grilled onions and teriyaki sauce. Although I did enjoy the bun encasing the uncommon combination of fillings, I found this burger a little too sweet for my taste. I like shiitake mushrooms, but maybe the flavor was just too foreign for my taste buds. However, if you're a big fan of sweet teriyaki sauce, you might enjoy this.

BBB Double Dare with Cheese

We also got to try BBB's Double Dare with Cheese (P186), another burger in the premium line. However unlike the previous two, this one didn't have just one but two grilled beef patties, as well as cheese, lettuce, tomato and dill onion mayo. If you like your burger a little conventional, then this is the way to go. It had just the right fillings but bigger and better than other burgers.

BBB 3 Cheese Explosion

Although I'm a cheese lover, BBB's 3 Cheese Explosion (P173) was not so memorable for me. This burger had mozzarella, quezoloco and cheddar cheese tucked with the meaty and juicy beef patty. However, I find the whole ensemble a little creamy for my liking.

Fish Fillet Sandwich

I am a fan of fish fillet, and BBB's Fish Fillet Sandwich (P130) did not fail to impress. Sandwiched between the grilled country style buns are crispy fish fillet, lettuce, red cabbage, dill onion dressing and tartar sauce. Although I've only tried the clown's and BK's versions, I can say with full conviction that Big Better Burgers' is definitely tastier and more filling. They also offer a choice of teriyaki, barbecue, mushroom or tartar sauce for added variation.

BBB Fries P55 BBB Wedges P60

You can't expect a burger joint to offer their meaty specialties without any sidings, so to go along with our big and better burgers are servings of BBB's Fries (P55) and Wedges (P60). Although most burger spots make use of commercially-available frozen fries, BBB only uses freshly-cooked sidings. It was a surprise too that their fries had the skins on, definitely the ones I prefer the most.

BBB Meatballs in Wild Mushrooms

Although BBB prides itself on their burger offerings, the fast-casual restaurant also wanted to cater to different Filipino palates. So along with their meaty treats, they offer 3 pasta dishes topped with their signature beef patties in a meat ball form. We were fortunate to have the chance to taste all 3 of them, and first on our table was the BBB Meatballs in Wild Mushrooms (P115). The cream-based sauce coating the almost-al dente pasta was quite good. However, I personally didn't find the meat balls complementing the wild mushrooms sauce, and vice versa.

BBB Meatballs in Fresh Tomato

It was a different story with this BBB Meatballs in Fresh Tomato (P115) pasta dish. Most of my companions find this pasta ordinary. However, I quite like it. I might be partial here 'cause I really dig tomato-based pastas, but what got me was the nice blend of sourness and slight kick of the red sauce. The meatballs also go really well with this pasta dish. Or maybe, we are just used to see meatballs on tomato-based sauces than on cream-based ones.

BBB Meatballs in Pesto Sauce

The BBB Meatballs in Pesto Sauce (P99) was hands down, the most loved by our group among the pasta dishes we got to try. Although not a usual combo, the meatballs worked really well with the basil, parsley, arugula pesto sauce over a nicely cooked pasta. The dish was just oozing with herby goodness and we got to finish the whole serving in just a few minutes. Despite being the cheapest among the 3, it was one of the highlights.

Grilled Chicken in Rum N' Herb Butter Sauce P110 Quarter Pound Sunshine Rice in A1 Sauce P105

Along with the pasta dishes, Big Better Burgers also cater to the rice lover in every Pinoy. Two of the newest items on their menu are the Grilled Chicken in Rum N' Herb Butter Sauce (P110) and Quarter Pound Sunshine Rice in A1 Sauce (P105). Both rice dishes were good as they were served with juicy and meaty patties with equally flavorful sauces. Between these 2 though, our group loved the former more. The herby flavor of the Grilled Chicken in Rum N' Herb Butter Sauce was so tasty and just delicious that I've vouched to order this item on my next BBB trip.

Chicken Mushroom Rice

Another memorable rice dish for my date and I was the Chicken Mushroom Rice (P125), a dish of crispy chicken fillet topped with mushrooms and burgundy sauce over salpicao rice beautifully garnished with garlic bits. The chicken fillet was simply flavorful and very moist. But, what was more special on this plate was the salpicao rice which tasted so savory. I can eat two cups of it even without any viand 'cause as the famous line goes, "kanin pa lang, ulam na."

THE VERDICT

Big Better Burgers is really one must-try spot for both burger fans and non-lovers alike. Although they don't use fancy, foreign beef patties, each bite from their well-seasoned meaty treat was an explosion of a tasty and juicy carnivorous experience. I am not really a burger connoisseur and I personally cannot say their patties are the ultimate best in town. However, with a wide variety of burger choices, you can definitely find something your taste buds will crave for. Yes, they have Jalapeño, bacon, mushroom and teriyaki just to name a few. The pasta and rice dishes are also nice additions on their offerings that my date and I will surely be having again soon.

Taste - 4/5
Ambiance - 4/5
Service - 4/5
Price - 4/5
Overall Value - 4/5


Big Better Burgers, SM City North EDSA - Annex
UG/F Annex, SM City North EDSA, North Ave. cor. EDSA
Quezon City, Metro Manila
Philippines
(02) 332-6578
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60 comments:

  1. ang daming must try sa sm north ngaun ah..

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  2. Now I am craving! Too bad, we don't have BBB here in Olongapo!

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  3. This burger resto is on my list! Any other location? :) And don't they have milkshake? :)

    See my other burger reviews here:

    http://dekaphobe.blogspot.com/search/label/burger

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  4. @michymichymoo: These are their branches: ALABANG - Filinvest Northgate, Cyberzone , COMMONWEALTH – Royale Place, Don Antonio Ave., KATIPUNAN - Prince David Condo (Near Ateneo), SUCAT - Pergola Mall, Aquirre st., BF Homes, Paranaque, SM Fairview, 2nd Floor, Main Building (Cinema area), SM NORTH EDSA ANNEX, Ground Floor, Annex Building, TAFT - University Mall (Near La Salle), JUPITER, Makati (near Shell EDSA), ROBINSONS FORUM (EDSA/PIONEER) :) Btw, BBB doesn't have milk shakes eh >.<

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  5. Oh my! I'm going to give in to these yummy menu! Bad bad for dieters! hehehehe.. I think I will love the Shiitake Teriyaki. I hope they'll open soon in CDO.

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  6. These burgers look so yummy!!! I never really liked burgers but these are just deliciously looking ones!

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  7. I tried them out when early in my blogging days. I'm surprised they added lots of stuff to the menu.

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  8. The chicken mushroom rice looks interesting! Too bad, we don't have a BBB branch near our place.

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  9. Why burgers again? Ohh, this is making me miss my favorite cheesy mushroom burger.

    Visiting from PB sis :)

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  10. Minsan yung double dare with cheese ang baon namin sa loob ng sinehan. YUm!

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  11. oh. i love the colors of your pictures! and so i want to try their fries and the fish fillet sandwich!

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  12. Chicken mushroom rice looks perfect. Sulit ang price for P125 ;)

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  13. Oh my. The burgers are to die for! Good thing SM North is a stone throw away from my place. I will definitely try Meatballs in Pesto Sauce and Double Dare with Cheese. Nice to know that the prices are affordable too.

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  14. Oh my goodness! You got me craving for some big, juicy burgers! :P It's too bad we have yet to be graced with a BBB joint in Baguio, but if ever we do get a chain here, I'd definitely know what to get now. Love the photos, the food looks oh so yum! :D

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  15. I love big burgers... gaano kaya kalaki burgers nila. Sana may comparison photo between Jollibee burgers and yung burger nila para makita kung gaano kalaki ito...

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  16. kakatapos ko lang magdinner pero nagutom ulit ako.

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  17. As long as there are mushrooms, I'll go for it. Nope, I'll go for all of them. :)

    http://iifatree.blogspot.com/

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  18. wow, ang daming choices! dito isa lang ang lasa nang patty...ehehhee! sa sauce lang bumabawi...I like their slogan though...I still prefer the regular toasted bun with sesame seeds on top.

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  19. okay ah, they have so many choices - burgers, pasta, and rice, bagay na bagay sa families.:) My mom hates burger, but if we happen to eat here, pwede syang magpasta or rice.:D I think I'll enjoy the Meatballs in Fresh Tomato and the Fish Fillet Sandwich.

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  20. pasta looks so nice dear! love how you can easily remember the restaurant with its BBB acronym! speaking of burger i just had one earlier haha xx

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  21. Hi Sumi. How is it going being active in Sparkle Island? I sent a reply but you never replied back. Please don't ignore us <3

    // Ayaka

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  22. Is it just the photos or does the burger really tastes as good as it looks? I guess to taste is to believe. I think I'll drop by the Robinsons Forum branch. I just have to mention this: I'm so mesmerized with your blog's look and design...

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  23. It looks tempting pero hindi ba nakakaumay yung sauce?

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  24. I've eaten here! I forget exactly which burger I had but I remember liking it, haha. I'll have to try their other offerings soon. Those rice dishes look great.

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  25. The carnivore in me had gone crazy! Me waaants a burger tuloy... But diet... GRRRR... LOL

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  26. Looks delish though I have to avoid burgers na haha

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  27. My parents have eaten there although I never have. It looks absolutely scrumptious!

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  28. Hei! I just found your blog and it is amazing!

    I am following your blog and I hope you will follow mine too!

    xoxo,
    Ana V

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  29. Oh, shoot. This reminded me. I haven't posted our blog about this yet. :)) Backlogs @_@ Pffttt

    I discovered BBB, along with a friend, while we were gadget window-shopping at SM annex. I loved their burgers and so I just had to bring Ken there too. Not the best I've had, but definitely one of my faves. :)

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  30. Looks so sinful! Too bad I'm on a die-t. Sniff! =(

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  31. You know, you should do a tutorial about how you get your shots looking like they are... like what settings you use, or how you post process (if you do). XD That is, if you're willing to show off you secrets!

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  32. Oh my, this post made me crave for some flesh! :)

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  33. gusto ko na magbakasyon!!!! gusto ko itry lahat.. ang yummy ng pics mo!!!

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  34. i like em all :), got to visit their outlet and have a taste of their products :)

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  35. I love burgers!! Nakakagutom naman tong post na to.. Tsk, too bad lang talaga, dito ako sa Iloilo. There are great food and restos here, kaso mas madami dyan sa Manila. Lagi na lang akong naiinggit.. :p

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  36. Omg kagutom!!!!! Nalalaway na ako... Hehe ;) burger and spaghetti for me pleaseeeeee....

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  37. Burger! Burger! Burger! I would like to have that Double Dare with Cheese. It looks so good for me.

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  38. Na-disappoint ako sa first visit ko sa kanila back in 2010. But I might give them another try soon. =)

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  39. what floor are they located at UMall?

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  40. Hala wlang appeal skin yang burger na yan, im on a diet, pero pag napadaan aq jan wew papatulan q yan jejeje @125pesos mukhang sulit hah

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  41. With these offerings that BBB has, they will surely make a big hit :)
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    Regards,
    Edmar

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  42. ahhh this one made me hungry. I want to try their fish fillet soon! :P

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  43. Wow they really put patties on top of pasta! Ive seen this place, but hesitant to try.. because I really want to stay healthy :D Maybe ill go with fish fillet :D

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  44. those burgers look huge, hope to try it too!

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  45. I miss the place and all the good food it brings :)

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  46. The way you rates the establishments it enough for me to try BBB. Happy weekend!

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  47. You are bad Sumi :( I am trying to lose weight then here you are tempting me with BBB :( Hayz! I think I have to follow my thirst and cravings and try BBB ASAP!

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  48. love this post! burgers and pasta are for me. I love the thought that I can eat this one. the last real burger I had was while I was in Alona Beach in Bohol. super din

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  49. wow im craving for burger! hahaha we will raid this place

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  50. Ha ha, I love that caption- a personal turned food blog. Mine is going to end up the same.

    I love a good burger place!

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  51. Sumi, would you know where I can get a good rice burger? I miss McDo's rice burgers. I really loved them.

    Those burgers in the pics look so yummy!

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  52. @verneeh: They're just in U.Mall's 2nd floor :)

    @thebackgroundstory.com: I haven't tried Sango's rice burgers yet, but I heard they're quite good.. ;)

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  53. i got hungry looking at the pics! do they have other branches?

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  54. Hi Sumi!

    Thanks for sharing, nakakagutom! I had to skip the photos because the first ones were triggering my appetite and I just had dinner :P.

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  55. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR COMMENTS! Please visit BIG BETTER BURGERS. THANK YOU SO MUCH MS.SUMI GO! Really appreciate this!

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  56. C'mon burger again! haha. I wanna eat all the burgers you blogged in just one day! Noted this, I know what to eat when I get into Sm North. :)

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  57. Wow! Looks delicious! I'll be having one soon! can't wait! :)

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