While strolling along Serendra, a resto tarpaulin caught my attention. When you’re constantly in search for new and unique establishments to feature, you are likely to develop more stringent qualifications over time. Also, it usually takes more than marketing paraphernalia to make you stop at that new place you’ve seen and consider it feature worthy. That particular tarp however, was difficult to snob. Written boldly all over it are the following: ostrich burgers, tuna burgers, sea bass burgers, wagyu burgers, and a couple more of unlikely meat burgers. Their tagline “Burgers, sliders, and damn good wine!” convinced me even more to check out the place. Ostrich burger is odd enough, but to pair it up with wine? That’s even weirder!
Murray & D’Vine, which now stands in what was formerly Brava, has two dimly lit floors for its diners. This small, unassuming space is where the supposedly “soon to be world famous burgers” will
Mr. Hertz invited me to come back and have a taste of how real burgers should be. Together with friends, I went back to sample a few from Murray and D’vine’s menu. I was forewarned by Mr. Murray to come with an empty stomach and I almost ignored the warning since I’m used to eating more than what’s expected of my size. That was until he mentioned that their burgers are half pounders. “Half pounders? Seriously?!,” I almost gasped in reply. Oh well, at least I was forwarned.
We were first asked for our wine orders. Both my friends ordered Mapu Cabernet Chilean Red Wine (P785 per bottle) while I opted for a Mapu Sauvignon Blanc Chardonnay (P165 per glass, P785 per bottle). For appetizer, we got Crisscut Fries (P175) and Wedge Fries (P110), both of which, are good for sharing. According to Mr. Murray, all their fries are imported from the US so they’re as American as they can get. Their fries are definitely better in comparison to what fast food burger joints offer, a lot crispier and less salty.
While enjoying the crisscut fries, I asked him what ‘Sliders’ are. He then brought in a sample: 3 little burgers skewered like a burger kebab, served with fries on the side. You can choose from the following types of meat: Pork (P385), Chicken (P370), and Beef (P395). By ‘little’ burgers, he means thats they are almost the size of the regular burgers in fastfood joints, but definitely with thicker patties. This I think is good for kids or those who aren’t really ready for the size of Murray and D’vine’s burgers. It could also work well for those who want to sample all three of their available slider burgers (Slider Sampler – P380).
My Son in Law’s Burger
A closer look at the cross section of the burger would reveal herbs and jalapenos incorporated in the juicy chunk of meat. I like spicy food but I am very picky with the level and impact of the spice in my food. I don’t like it too strong to the point that it’s already numbing nor too tame to be even labelled spicy. Good thing this Spicy Beef burger was neither of the two. All three of us fancied the mexican appeal the burger had. No wonder that within a few weeks of opening, they declared this item as their best seller.
The Turkey Burger on the other hand fell just a bit flat compared to the previous burgers. It wasn’t bad though, it just didn’t measure up with the stronger flavors of the previous burgers I’ve
had so far. But for those seeking for the healthier alternative, you may opt for this one or the Ostrich burger, which, according to Mr. Murray, tastes like beef.
At this point in our dining, we’ve already started feeling heavier. Eventhough we’re eating slices of the bugers, a third of half a pound still equates to a lot of burger patties and bread cramped in our bellies. For our last burger, we had the thickest one left: the Tuna Burger. Well, it’s fish, so most likely, it wouldn’t feel as heavy as the beef and turkey we had before. Still up for the last hurdle, we each
took our slices and munched on this seafood burger.
Save room for dessert!
Here are few tips if you’re planning to dine at Murray & D’Vine:
1. Remember to remind the wait staff whether you like your burger rare, medium rare, or well done so that he or she can suit it to your taste. Mr. Hertz highly recommends medium to medium-rare to bring out the moist richness of the meats.
2. Leave room for dessert. It’s worth it!
3. For the upcoming Valentine’s celebration, they’ll be serving heart shaped 1 pound burgers. So burger lovers (pun not intended), this might just be the perfect date place for you. Burgers and wine may just be divine!
4. Don’t forget to take advantage of their cheap wine prices. You can even get in 30% less the menu price if you order them for take-out.
5. If by chance Mr. Hertz is present when you’re there, chat with him and you’ll surely be
If you think you’re up for the same challenge of eating half pound burgers of different sorts, or would just like a breathe of relief from the same fast food type burgers you’ve been consuming all your life, a visit to Murray and D’vine would do you good.