Crave Burger Katipunan: are their burgers something to crave for?

For those who frequent the White Plains area, you might have noticed this relatively new burger joint called Crave Burger fronting the plant stores along Katipunan Ave. This burger joint kept us intrigued for several trips going home (since we always pass by this area) until sudden hunger pangs prompted us to finally try it out.

Crave Burger Katipunan Ave. Branch

The inside of the restaurant is pretty small. Based on my good ol’ counting skills, the place can sit around 17 people inside, not counting the seating area outside just in front of the parking area. If you’re a big group, I suggest you call ahead and get the area with the couch and just combine 2 or 3 tables together to form a happy burger-eating bunch.

Crave Burger dining area

The menu’s pretty simple since it’s all about burgers. Aside from chicken wings and the usual accompaniments like onion rings and fries, they serve only burgers. No salad or pastas so tell your burger-hater friend to convert or find another place to dine. 

Just like other burger joints, a burger here costs PHP 100 up. They do have the Crave Combo with a choice of either Crave Burger or Crave Double Burger to go with fries and red/blue lemonade.

Red or Blue?

We ordered the Crave Burger combo with Skinny Fries and Blue Lemonade (PHP 165), Crave Cheese Burger (PHP 130) and Strawberry milkshake (PHP 90). Since the burger patties are grilled when you order it, they advise you of the 15 minute waiting time.

Good thing our orders arrived before the 15 minute mark. I don’t know if we’re hungry or what but the first thing we noticed is how small the burger is. The burger has a circumference of around 4 inches but boy, the patty is THICK, almost half an inch. Now before I bore you with all that Math stuff, let’s go down to burger business.

Crave Burger cheese burger

My husband is pretty finicky with burger buns and when the price tag hits the hundred peso mark, he expects no less than either a whole wheat or oat bun and not just something you can see in the usual fastfood burger joint. Too bad, Crave Burger’s bun is similar to that of Jollibee’s or McDonald’s. He described it as “parang monay lang.” At least they toasted the inside and used the ones with sesame seeds instead of getting the plain one just like that of Johnny Rockets (which I will publish as another burger-bashing story).

Bun's toasted inside

As I said earlier, the burger patty is thick. We reminded ourselves that the quantity of the patty does not equate with the quality in terms of taste. After one bite, we both agree that this burger did not disappoint us. Husband has a more animated description of the taste after the initial bite: “It’s like the patty explodes into bits inside your mouth. Very tasty and not bland at all.” So I guess the bun boo-boo is now forgiven and forgotten.
I just wished they use fresh lettuce (as they said in their burger description) instead of a limp leaf I tasted in my burger. Should they not change this, they should provide customers something to cover their faces with when they end up with this limp, green thing dangling from their mouths.

CC1 Combo: Crave Burger with Skinny Fries & Lemonade 
They serve their burger combo with “Skinny fries,” but skinny these fries are not! Calling Crave Burger’s fries “skinny” would make Jollibee’s fries anorexic. The taste reminds me of “restaurant fries” as oppose to fastfood and canteen fries, if you know what I mean. I’d swear it’s much better than Wendy’s fries which I’d like to describe as the “lord of all fastfood fries.”

Crave Burger blue lemonade

The Blue Lemonade, which goes with the combo meal, is around 12 oz. If this is how they also serve the solo order of lemonade, I’d say that at PHP 60, the price is steep just a 12 oz drink.

Crave Burger strawberry milkshake

We were not happy with their strawberry milkshake, at PHP 90---I’d declare it’s a major rip off. Even if they use FIC (Fruits-In-Ice Cream) as their milkshake base, you can’t recognize it because it’s thin and you'd barely taste the strawberry in there. Either they make the price cheaper or make a thicker milkshake. McDonald’s should teach Crave Burger how to make a decent milkshake at a much lower price.

As final judgment, I’d say that Crave Burger now tops my list among the burger joints in the Katipunan area. The quality (and quantity) of the burger patty takes your mind off the joint’s minor flaws. The answer to my header question's a definite YES! Just pray that McDonald’s would bring back their milkshake in their menu so you can have your milkshake fix there. 

112-A Katipunan Ave. White Plains, Quezon City 


♡u8mypinkc00kies♡ said...

hmmm.. looks okay naman. i was disappointed w/ wham! kasi...

Tin said...

Hi u8mypinkcookies!

Yes, I remember Wham Burgers. Their burger bun is similar to pandesal but their patty is just like any other commercialized grilled burger patty---dry, but at least it's chargrilled. When I haven't tried Crave Burger's yet, it was fine---we all thought that's how a grilled burger should taste like.

Crave Burger's patty is their saving grace, I hope they won't skimp on their patties.

Thanks for visiting!

Anonymous said...

Monay? Wow atleast it is solid inside not like others- Wham and Brothers - all air inside. Healthy too, cause it's pan grilled not chargrilled causing cancer.

Tin said...

@Anonymous: pan grilled ba sila? The "monay" bun is forgivable. After eating at Crave Burger, I had my husband try Bite Club naman. Despite the oat bun, we didn't like the overall taste because the patty does not taste good at all. It's like eating an oversized burger using CDO ulam burger patty.

I used to rave about Bite Club burgers years ago, I guess they downgraded their burgers. No wonder when we went there, there were no other customers.

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francis said...

crave burger... yum =)

Tin said...

@francis: Yum nga hehe. Reggie Aspiras wrote a review on Crave Burger. The review was a bit over-the-top, clearly Crave Burger's burger is not the BEST burger of all times but it is definitely better than most of its counterparts

Anonymous said...

galing ng PR nila

Tin said...

@Anonymous (May 28 '10)

Oo nga hehe. I heard they participated in Our Awesome Planet's Ultimate Taste Test last time to promote their burgers :)

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mishigalt said...

My brother and I tried this joint at their SM NOrth edsa branch. I have to say we were disappointed with the taste of the burger. It was a bit bland. We needed the help of mustard and ample amount of ketchup to spice up their burger. And since wham burger was brought up, I would say, it did not even reach the wham level in the taste department. The only thing that made me happy when I ate their CC1 meal was that I was full afterwards. Otherwise, I won't even think of coming back to them in the future.

Anonymous said...

i tried it once! really delicious patty they have, i really crave for it...

madjewelled said...

same with mishigalt, not very much impressed on crave burger ;(

Anonymous said...

guys, SM North EDSA is a rogue CB store and is NOT a CBRFC franchise. They don't use Crave patties and CBRFC disclaims any association with them. CBRFC is handling this legally so I hope SMNE stops pretending to be a CBRFC store.

CBRFC said...

we have a new store in white plains, katipunan :) ... bigger, better and upgraded facilities. Hope we meet your Crave-licious expectations. :)

kcatwoman said...

what aboutthe one in global city.. the crave ubrger there did not taste any special

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