September 24, 2011

Eat What You Love: Grams Diner Review

Most people in Manila don’t really know what a good burger is. Whether you agree with that or not, it is a fact that we’ve grown up with crunchy burger buns, floury tomato, and thin and dry patties more in common with Thai fish cakes. But, there’s been a fair bit of movement towards the classic American-style cheeseburger, of late – with everything stripped back, but made big.

Leading the charge south of Makati is Grams Diner. Tucked away in Molito, across Alabang Town Center, Grams is friendlier than 50s, but still keeps the white lines and sleek Cadillac streak to recall that era. With staff that is more laid back and feel like family, Grams does a good job of replicating the American diner experience. It’s always fun to come late in the evening -the bright diner, serving up shakes and burgers on a dark night makes you feel like you’re in Hopper’s Nighthawks painting.

Evidently, the standout on the menu are the burgers. A great burger starts with great meat – shit meat equals a shit burger. Thankfully, it’s hard to go look past the top of the line burger on the menu. The buns are steamed and they mince their own high fat content, US beef patty into the size of your fist – exactly the way it should be. While there are some vegetables, it’s oozing with layers of cheese and smoky sauces. You’d best have an appetite and P400 on you for this burger.

After a long day at the office, traditional, well-oiled American fare is the ultimate comfort food. However, if you’re not that famished, the menu is full of great nibbles from the Chili con Carne, Idaho Mash Potato, wide variety of meat and salad and the very Filipino dish Tapsilog-something a Filipino-stye diner would definitely have. Their Tapsilog is to die for. A must try for any Tapsilog lovers. Nothing fancy, but extremely tasty and well made American-Filipino fare, with none of the regional quirks so common to purportedly ‘American restaurants’ in the metro area. 

Photos were taken after overtime work. Mark waited for me for 12 hours so we could eat a very late dinner together. Sigh. I love you. 

What: Grams Diner
Where: Unit 1 Molito Commercial Complex, Barangay Ayala Alabang  Lungsod ng Muntinlupa 1780
Contact: 02 844 7267 /

Listening to : You and I by Lady Gaga
              <3: Grams Diner
              =( : missing Mark

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