While we are already quite familiar with sushi, bento meals, tempura and other Japanese food, most of us haven’t tried Japanese burgersβ€”admit it! πŸ˜€

Sango! The Burger Master is Japanese restaurant that specializes in Japanese-style burgers. Louie brought me here last week for dinner, and I thought the venue is ideal and fantastic for a first date! Read on to know why.

Review of Sango! The Burger Master (Tomas Morato, Quezon City)

Ambiance: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†

Sango’s location in Quezon City is easy to find as it’s just along Timog Avenue where many restaurants are lined up. The construction is like a duplex, with two floors filled with tables and chairs and the first one occupied by the kitchen behind the counter. The colors of the interior theme, light green and white, contributed to the pleasing and playful ambiance. The place was considerably quiet though Japanese songs were being played in the background in low volume.

Customers can read Sango’s collections of mangas arranged against the mirror beside the seats during their stay.

The little old-school in feel brought a charming effect. Displays of cute origami characters around added more “Japanese vibe” into the restaurant.

Service: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

There was only one chef who cooks and prepares food and one waitress who attends to orders and serves the food to customers. Despite having a small workforce size, Sango offered good service with efficiency and productivity of their staff. I think that the space being perfectly serviceable helped a lot.

Food: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†

Sango has a rather organized menu. Here are pictures of its pages for your reference:

First off, we had the fries (PHP 85) which featured a nicely crispy exterior with cheese and minced beef that were full of flavor. The fries were in regular cut; they were not greasy so can stay worry-free about having a sudden heart attack. πŸ˜›

Casually served in a basket, the Fish Burger (PHp 150) was packed with a heaping portion of fish fillet with mayonnaise and soft burger bun. I took my first bite felt the warm, comforting relief that took away my hunger but didn’t give me greed. It was a nice moment.

The Master Chili Burger (PHp 175), on the other hand, was accompanied with luscious special meat sauce, a big slice of red tomato, lots of onions with mustard and Japanese mayo plus a slice of jalapeΓ±o. Thick seasoned ground beef dominated the sandwich, as the juicy meat goodness soaked the bun. “The Master” is plenty for a girl with a healthy appetite but not enough for a guy like Louie. Haha.

He didn’t feel satisfied with one burger and his share of the fries. So he had another one: Yakiniku Rice Burger (PHp 150), the house specialty that Sango can boast about. Instead of the typical burger bread bun, this one had rice supporting the opposite sides of the patty. Tender juiciness was apparent on the inside and the whole shebang can be tasted right when your buds meet the spicy and tangy curry sauce.

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As far as Japanese comfort food goes, Sango! The Burger Master is one of the standbys. People can eat there all the time: for breakfast, for lunch, for snacks, for dinner and for when guests come over anytime before 10PM, you name it. For less than PHp 200 per burger, their food is affordable. So are you swayed to visit soon? Come on, the decision is a no-brainer. πŸ™‚ Sango’s burgers will definitely make you take that once a year risk to escape burger mediocrity.

Sango! The Burger Master
186 Tomas Morato Ave cor Sct De Guia Laging Handa, Quezon City
For inquiries, call (02) 990-2484

Other Branch:
Rm. 5 GF, Makati Creekside Mall, Amorsolo Street, corner Herrera Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City
Phone numbers: (02) 830-0391, (02) 889-4445 and (02) 819-3740


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22 Responses

    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yeah they are lovable. It pains me especially that no branch, bakeshop or pastry shop near my place is selling macarons. Pardon me as I have to exclude The French Baker from the list. My top choice would have to really be TWG Tea. Haha. I want to have even a tiny one once a week, or maybe three of them…if someone else is buying. πŸ™‚

  1. joy

    I would like to try the rice burger, to enjoy burger for a change – rice bun instead of the typical bread bun πŸ™‚

    • Rochkirstin Santos

      A burger without a wheat-based bun may not be a real burger, but using grilled rice patties instead of bread results in a sandwich that’s delicious and safe for gluten-intolerant eaters. It’s so delicious! πŸ™‚

  2. Raya

    Craving for a burger now! I love it that you can read those Manga collections there, too. My daughter would like it in this resto for sure, she is so into Manga.

    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yay. πŸ™‚ I may not have taken high-quality resolution photos but I, too, crave for these burgers whenever I see them on my blog and photo album. Ohh those manga collections are all in Japanese. I hope your daughter can read and understand some Japanese characters or maybe she’s familiar.

    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Good choice! There are loads of non-fast food burger joints in Tomas Morato, but for my single Japanese burger experience (gotta save stomach room for other food, you know), this cute restaurant was just the most basic, prevalent one I would always want to go back to.

    • Rochkirstin Santos

      In Singapore, I saw some rice buns being used at Mos Burger (a Japanese burger chain) and I was not excited to try it because I thought it was odd. But this thing is awesome but too big. You may as well eat it with a spoon and fork.

  3. Marie Michel

    oh my! look at that! yummy! @franc – I have to disagree, their burger steak are the best, you should try a japanese hambagu πŸ™‚ their beef are the tastiest! roch, is there a reason why they preferred Arigatoo than Arigatou? We would love this place, our whole family loves mangas -Japanophile here! πŸ™‚


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