Seems like everyone has gone to Nuvali save for me. I didn’t even know that it’s in Laguna, all this time I thought it’s in Tagaytay. Recently I went and corrected the error by accepting the invite to try this newly opened burger joint called, Beefy’s New York Grill. It’s located in Ayala Malls Solenad 3. I and the rest of the rest of the KTG gang were received warmly by one of its owners, Chef Marc Nocon.
The first thing that you will notice upon entering this place is the graffiti on the walls. The overall design of the interiors I would describe as artistic and casual. The front and side walls are made of glass letting in natural light. The brick walls inside have illustrations of New York landmarks that didn’t go shy with colors. Beefy’s applies a fast-food concept; you pay as you order.
Check Marc allowed us to order whatever we wanted but he also served us food that he thought we should try. So let’s get on it.
Starters & Sides
If you’re on a diet you would be happy to know that Beefy’s has Mrs. Tso Salad (PHP 160 – USD 3.21). It has fresh chopped romaine, Tso chicken, sweet peppers and onions with sriracha dressing. It’s so good you’d wonder if it’s still healthy. I can honestly order this without feeling like I am being deprived of good food.
Nachos is my favorite “pulutan” when I go out drinking and if I could take That Chili Con Nachos (PHP 200 – USD 4.01) on all my drinking sessions I definitely would. It has chili con carne, cheddar, mozzarella cheese, sour cream, salsa, topped with half-boiled egg. You mix everything in, egg and all to before you dip in them nachos. It was terrific!
If you’re more of a fries person then order Chimichurri Fries (PHP 220 – USD 4.41), a medley of braised pork belly, chimichurri, sour cream, and salsa. I like that fries are very thin, it somehow makes eating more pleasurable for me.
Have you heard of a bacon tempura? No? Me too, until I saw Beefy’s East Village Bacon Tempura (PHP 180 – USD 3.61). Great news to bacon lovers, this snack has all the makings of becoming your new favorite. I’m not big on bacon yet I loved it.
Spam with rice is cool, spam sandwich even better. Now how about turning it into Spam Chips (PHP 180 – USD 3.61)? Yes, it’s now available and it’s ridiculously addictive.
Wings & Wings
We were served with two kinds of chicken wings flavors; General Tso (PHP 220 – USD 4.41) and Aladeen (PHP 200 – USD 4.01). Both are yummy but of the two I prefer Aladeen. It’s salty and earthy taste almost made me forget that there are other food to try. I think I can easily finish 6 pieces of it on my own.
Now let’s go to the sandwich. If you prefer chicken over beef, there’s Tso Fried Chicken (PHP 240 – USD 4.81). It’s cornflake crusted boneless chicken with general tso sauce, charred coleslaw, and lettuce. This sandwich is so big it’s like a full meal in itself.
The Franchise (PHP 200 – USD 4.01) is that big hotdog sandwich packed with gotham mac, bacon crumble, and charred coleslaw. The only reason I wasn’t able to fully appreciate it is because I was already full by the time it reached our table.
Then came the real stars of this place, the burgers. I started with Notorious (PHP 260 – USD 5.21), a double-patty burger with cheddar and emmental cheese, onion and peppers, and supah sauce. It’s a tall burger that slicing it was a bit of a challenge but it was really good so it was worth the “effort.”
I thought Notorious was already a badass until I saw Beefy’s Tribeca (PHP 325 – USD 6.51). This is a triple patty, triple emmental cheese with bacon jam, onions and peppers, supah sauce, lettuce and tomato. Yes triple patty because I don’t know, maybe double patty is not good enough for you, haha… Kidding aside this burger will rock your world. Of course it’s more challenging to eat than Notorious but as they say good things don’t come easy right? Lol.
The Empire (PHP 260 – USD 5.21) is almost the same as the two burgers, the difference is, it only has a single patty and it has an egg. It also has bacon, fried red onions strings, and arugula.
Now if you’re more of a rice person, don’t worry, Beefy’s has rice meals too. There’s the Chicken Fried Steak (PHP 200 – USD 4.01) and The Tapa (PHP 240 – USD 4.81). It was served later in the game so I wasn’t able to try them anymore as my tummy was already bursting.
But if you know me, it shouldn’t surprise you that I leave room for desserts (really, it’s my policy).
So we had Wiffle Waffle (PHP 160 – USD 3.21), Bananacotta (PHP 120 – USD 2.41), and S’mores (PHP 120). Not sure if it’s due to the ice cream that I loved the waffle. I also like it’s crisp exterior but down the middle it’s soft.
For the taste and the big serving, I say Beefy’s price is reasonable. It is definitely worth that one hour or so drive to Nuvali.