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First Look: Shake Shack Philippines in Central Square, BGC

Here's what it looks like!
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Shake Shack is finally letting Philippines have a taste of its famous burgers on May 10, and we made our way to the exclusive media preview to sate our curiosity, excitement, and hunger.

When Danny Meyer and his team opened Shake Shack in 2004, they intended it to be a strictly-for-New-York restaurant, but you can't just pin a good concept down. By 2010, Shake Shack expanded outside New York and things just steamrolled, with more and more branches trickling down to Asia in the last few years. The former hotdog-shack-turned-burger-success announced its entry to the Philippines in July and confirmed its Central Square location in December.

There's no doubt that burger-loving Filipinos will endure long lines and the sweltering summer for a taste of this famous New York icon. Is it worth it? Here's what it looks like:

Shack Shack is right by the entrance of Central Square Mall in Bonifacio Global City.

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A peek at the menu. We're looking forward to the Shack Burger, Shack-cago Dog, and the local beers by Engkanto, Monkey Eagle, and San Miguel.

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The burger joint opened in New York in 2004, and has been opening locations in Asia, including the Philippines

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The lively Filipino mural is by artist Jappy Agoncillo.

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Proceeds of Hope in a Bottle go to building classrooms for public schools.

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Shack-cago Dog: If you know your Shake Shack history, you know that it began as a hotdog stand in Madison Square Park. This one is quintessential: relish, onion, cucumber, pickle, tomato, sport pepper, celery salt, and mustard.

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To go with your dogs and burgers, two types of French Fries are available, plain (P130) and cheese (P180).


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Also, this ShackMeister Ale (P210 to P300).


Shack Burger (P250 to P410): Its signature burger is a classic quarter-pounder cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, crusty patty, fluffy potato buns, and that secret Shack sauce, which is a little spicy, a little sweet, and a little sour. Its moist interior, a combination of textures, is acheived by smashing the raw patties quickly on the grill.

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Shroom Burger (P445): fried Portobello mushroom filled with melted muenster and cheddar.



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We took a look inside the Shroom for you.


Instead of ice cream, Shake Shack serves freshly made frozen custard.

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The Ube Shake is made with frozen custard.

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Calamansi Pie Oh My: vanilla custard with Wildflour's Calamansi Pie. Five percent of its proceeds go to Children's Hour, an organization that supports Filipino children in need.


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Uuube-by Baby: vanilla custard, coconut marshmallow, ube cookie, toaster coconut, crispy pinipig, leche flan


We're so full!


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Shake Shack opens at 11 a.m. on May 10, but there will be activities for those waiting in line starting 9 a.m.

Stay tuned for more updates. The burgers are coming.

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Sasha Lim Uy
Managing Editor, EsquireMag.ph
Sasha eats to live and lives to eat. For five years, she handled SPOT.ph's food section and edited the last two installments of its Top 10 Food books. She also recently participated at the Madrid Fusion Manila as curator.
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