Whether this restaurant is named after the dinnerware, the Central African language or the demon-slaying fighter from Japanese manga, Sango Master Burger has conquered my doubt demons. Yes, the Japanese make better burgers than the Americans or the Europeans, as far as I’m concerned. So without further ado, allow me to get to the meat of this post. First, the booboos:
The size of the place is a little too small, especially with the lunch crowd flocking to the place. My second time at Sango really made me wait for a table. I think some people just want to live there.
Parking is easy on weekends, but hell on weekdays. If you plan to go there during lunchtime on weekdays, better not bring a car or be ready to park at a farther area.
Whenever someone orders, the kitchen will prepare the food as fast as possible but without compromising quality, thus there is some waiting time involved. This isn’t exactly a booboo but some people with the American fastfood mentality might get turned off by it, so be forewarned. Trust me, it’s worth the wait.
Now, the yahoos:
As authentic as can be. It seems to cater mainly to the local Japanese community so don’t be surprised to see some Japanese expats sharing some laughs on the couches on Sunday afternoons. My philosophy is, if it’s good enough for the expats, it’s good enough for me. McDonald’s rice burgers should bow it’s head in shame. The Yakiniku rice burger, their bestseller, is to die for. Just ask the Japanese haunts who dine there everyday.
The ambiance is so Japanese, you’ll feel like you’re in Japan. Really! My pictures will prove it. If I hadn’t posted this restaurant’s address, you’d think I was in Japan. Or maybe I should have just shown the pictures to my relatives and told them I was in Japan. They would have taken it hook, line and sinker!
The prices were so worker’s-salary-friendly. I don’t make much but if I had worked in that area of Makati, I could have eaten there everyday. I think Sango is burger heaven in disguise.
CHECK OUT THE TOILET. During my first visit I didn’t visit the toilet, thinking that a small place like that may not have a good toilet, as standard with most Filipino eating places of the same kind. But CHECK OUT THE TOILET when you go there. I won’t tell you what to find, but make sure you CHECK OUT THE TOILET, come back to this blog and post your thank you’s.
Check out the prices! I personally recommend the Kimpira rice burger and the Yakiniku rice burger. Awesome! Each costs P99.00 pesos or US$2.20.
See authentic Japanese guy in the background. I think that’s the owner. They say he’s a really nice guy. I haven’t met him, but his burgers are my new best friends.
Noreen (sitting) and her sister Eden outside the place. Just to give you an idea what place looks like outside. It’s beside the Pharaoh KTV. Yes, there are Japanese guys at Pharaoh too, though I bet they’re not there for the burgers (the buns maybe?)
Happy faces all around. See the two guys in the background? The one with the blue thing on his head is the Japanese chef. Though he must have converted to Filipino, his name is Arvin.
Ah the crown jewels of Sango! This picture had to be big to be appreciated. To the left is their Kimipira rice burger, at the center is their Master Burger (this can be upgraded to a double patty hamburger bonanza) and to the right is their Yakiniku rice burger. All served piping hot, it went well with Calpis (no, it’s not someone’s body waste, it’s a lactobacilli drink, kinda like Yakult only bigger.)
I really recommend that you give this place a try. Bring your date here. She’ll love the burgers, the anime and the TOILET. Best of all, she’ll love you even more. Sango Master Burger is located at the ground floor of the Makati Creekside Mall, Amorsolo, corner Herrera Sts, Legaspi Village, Makati City. For deliveries call them at +632 830-0391.
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