Thursday, March 24, 2016

First Bite: Love Shack

Sunday means rest day for most but it is the day I do most of my errands. I sweep, wash and do grocery on the last day of my weekly two-day break. I usually start the week tired because of this. But thanks to R, it was a Sunday well-spent. And we even went out for dinner and tried Love Shack.
Hello, Love Shack!

I have been eying this restaurant for more than a year now. As a sucker for anything with the word “love” in it, this burger joint caught my attention. But I am always on my errand mode whenever I visit SM Aura so I never get to visit this place sooner. So when R asked me where to eat, I suggested we try Love Shack.

The restaurant had a few diners when we arrived. Ambiance is cozy and warm with its wooden furniture and predominantly brown interiors.

Since we were not really hungry, R and I opted to just share a meal. We got Overtime Burger with Umami Beef (PHP260), Mushroom Soup (PHP100) and Toasted Marshmallow Soft Ice Cream with Graham Cookie Crust (PHP170).
First served was the mushroom soup which had a darker color than I expected. It wasn’t thick too. I guess I was wrong to expect such as the menu didn’t state that it was cream of mushroom.
It actually tasted good. It had a nice taste of shiitake mushroom. It was a tad salty though but it was balanced out by the complimentary slice of bread.
We were still finishing our soup when the burger arrived. It came with a generous serving of fat fries and small bowl of ketchup.
The umami beef burger patty was succulent and flavorful. It was seasoned well and had a nice smoky flavor to it. It went really well with the mushroom sauce, bacon strips and the usual veggies—lettuce, onions and tomatoes. It was interesting that they added parmesan crisp instead of the usual melted cheese. It added more texture to the dish but it also made it a lot saltier.
The burger patty was too soft and not compact too. The whole patty disintegrated after a few cuts. I ended up using a spoon to eat the burger. (Well, at least it was an interesting way to enjoy it.)
It took them a bit to serve our dessert. They said that the chef was still toasting our marshmallows when we asked for it to be served.
Served with warm marshmallows, this dessert created a nice contrast between the slightly gooey mallows and cold vanilla ice cream. I loved the play of textures (the crunch of the graham bits, smoothness of the ice cream and the gooeyness of the marshmallow) offered by this dessert. But I felt that the three ingredients were not enough to make a lasting impression. I ended up craving for chocolate, mango or strawberry bits. Yes, I felt it was like s’mores without chocolate; or mango float without mangoes; or frozen yogurt without my favorite strawberry topping.

Despite the few misses, it was still a good and filling dinner. I’ll visit again to try the other burgers.

Love Shack is located at Lower Ground, SM Aura Premier, C-5 Road corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. For inquiries, contact them at +632 856 59 41.

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