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Korean BBQ lunch at Sam Won Garden

The Southern equivalent of Maginhawa St. in Teachers Village, Quezon City would probably be Aguirre Ave. in B.F. Homes Parañaque.

In a gist, Teachers Village in Quezon City is one of the three major residential areas in the Diliman district.  Maginhawa St. is a major road that cuts through Teachers Village, Sikatuna, and U.P. Village.  For some reason, maintaining these three subdivisions as strictly residential areas was never strictly implemented.  This resulted in a mixed-use subdivision, primarily residential interspersed with all kinds of commercial establishments.  (You name it: printing shops, restaurants, laundry, hardware stores, a grocery, factory outlets, low-rise office buildings, etc.)  I have heard someone sarcastically remark that one can find the entire universe in here.  Maginhawa St. has always been a notable place in Diliman because of its restaurants and bars.

The same applies for Aguirre Ave. in B.F. Homes, Parañaque.  B.F. Homes was intended to be a purely residential area.  Over time, through lax implementation I suppose, it evolved into a mixed-use subdivision very much like Teachers Village.

ANYWAY… One of the Korean restaurants that I have read about in food blogs like The Sugar Bug, and Southbound.ph, and ClicktheCity was Sam Won Garden.   (The family was looking for a new Asian restaurant for Easter lunch other than our usual Chinese and Japanese fare.)

**Disclaimer: This probably should not count as a real restaurant review, in my opinion.  I usually research on how to “attack” exotic cuisines before I try out such restaurants.  If the restaurant serves authentic cuisine and is owned  by someone of that nationality, I try to find out if there are any meal-related customs/rituals that have to be performed.  Manners…  I also look up the most popular dishes and the recommended combinations.  I have tried Korean restaurants a few times–those instances I can count on one hand–and I still have not mastered which entrees should be eaten with the proper condiments.

In addition, I was only armed that day with my celphone camera.

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BRGR: Burger Project

My brother and I were supposed to eat at Green Wok Deli & Cafe in Matalino St.  We changed our minds and decided to go to BRGR:  Burger Project instead.  Apparently, I am discovering all these restaurants really late because I never tried exploring Maginhawa St. till recently.  Burger Project opened last August 2010, by the way.  Their main attraction is that you can, as the owners say, “Build your own burger!”

(Photo Credit: Foodtrippings.com)

Shot of the interiors first. Hmmm… Next time our foodtrips should be in the morning so the lighting is better.

After looking at the blackboard for guidance, we placed our orders.  Below is Chito’s order form

OH THE ANTICIPATION.

And now for the moment of truth! At this point we were practically salivating.


Chito customized his burger.  His order had Gruyere cheese, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomatoes, and wasabi sauce on an oatmeal vegan bun.


I decided to try out their designer burger recipes. So got a Bleu Buffalo which consisted of bleu cheese, buffalo wing sauce, lettuce, tomato, and pickles.

We also had two tofu patties in each of our burgers.  2 BIG, JUICY PATTIES. Again, whenever Chito and I eat out, the “theme” is always vegetarian. (My brother isn’t a vegetarian but is open to trying out new types of food.)  And hey, we were hungry.

We topped of our dinner with sweet potato fries.

I really don’t remember how much our individual orders cost.  We spent Php 500 on our burgers alone.  One tofu patty cost Php 75 (times 2 per burger), and Php 15 (times 2) for oatmeal vegan patties.  The fries cost Php 60.

I forgot to add that they  have chicken, regular beef and Angus Beef patties. :)

If you want to check out the restaurant which I highly recommend for their hefty servings… A word of caution, don’t get too carried away with the choosing the toppings.   Chito and I were slightly shocked at our total bill.

BRGR: Burger Project

122 Maginhawa Street
Teachers Village
Quezon City
11am to 1am