I recently attended Johnny Rockets in Galleria mall. I am Canadian living in the Philippines, and I was feeling a little homesick. Decided a good ol' burger and fries would cheer me up!
The restaurant itself has a great vibe. I've been to two locations and they are all the same. Very classic American diner. Music is pumping, and the staff are almost always high energy. Weekends in some locations I have seen the staff do choreographed dance routines even! Great ambiance if you are looking for a pick me up.
On this visit, I ordered the Smoke House burger (their own signature bbq ranch sauce, bacon, onion ring) and upgraded it to an Angus beef patty. For my drink, I ordered the classic strawberry shake.
The shake arrived first and was AMAZING. It's so thick that it's actually hard to drink it through the straws they give, and extremely smooth. I love this shake!
Then my meal arrived. I was the only patron dining in the restaurant, yet it took about 30 minutes for my meal. I first noticed that there were only about 16 fries scattered on the plate. I would recommend spending the 60php and getting unlimited fries, as they do not serve enough fries in their standard order, and the fries are tasty. The burger itself looked great, until I bit into it. I have to say, it was very close to being disgusting. The bacon had an odd flavour to it. It's definitely a very low grade bacon. Their signature sauce was almost non-existent. I didn't taste any bbq at all. Which left the upgraded angus beef burger to save the day. Unfortunately, it did not. I'm not sure what they are using for beef, but it did not taste like angus beef (I'm from Alberta, Canada, so I know beef!). It was over cooked (from what I had asked) and did not have a good beef taste. Overall, the burger was a bust.
When the bill came, the meal was just over 600php, which is a steep meal for what I got.
Overall, I would definitely hit this spot on a Friday/Saturday night for the vibe and a great milkshake or sundae. I would have my supper someplace else though.
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