Get ready because one of the best burger chains in the world is finally coming to Manila! That’s right! After a the long hype and buzz which started last year, Shake Shack is finally opening their doors here in Manila on May 10!
It used to be that my family and I would have to visit Hong Kong in order to enjoy the delicious specialties of Shake Shack. Not anymore. Yay!
I was actually curious to know if the staple offerings of Shake Shack that will be served here in Manila would taste just as good as their counterparts in HK. Well, I am happy to report to those raring to find out that, in my honest opinion, the specialties served here actually taste much better! Yup! I’ll get to that later on.
A showcase of Shake Shack specialties
Recently, I attended Shake Shack’s private media preview event which was held at their first soon-to-open branch in Manila — Central Square, BGC.
Shake Shack’s Culinary Director, Mark Rosati, was there to greet us and share a few stories about Shake Shack. He also introduced and talked about the dishes that were served to us.
Mark mentioned that he’s thrilled to introduce their Manila-exclusive menu that features just a few of the flavors and ingredients they fell in love with, and are humbled to become part of this vibrant community.
During the event, I was able to try out some of their incredibly delicious regular items on their menu, as well as a couple of “Manila Exclusive” specialties; one-of-a-kind menu items for the Manila community, only found in the Philippines.
Check out some of the mouthwatering items that I was able to enjoy during Shake Shack’s pre-opening exclusive media preview.
This is one of Shake Shack’s Manila exclusive items that I tried. It’s a local twist on a Shack classic lemonade. The Calamansi Limeade offers the perfect combination of sweet and tart with the beloved calamansi as the star of the show. Truly refreshing and a really good pick-me-upper. Great to beat the intense heat of summer.
Perfectly fried fries partnered with an amazing cheese dip. Yes, please!
Love hotdog sandwiches? Well, you’re gonna go crazy over the Shack-cago Dog. Every bite offers an explosion of wonderful flavors; all thanks to the various toppings that come along with it.
Perhaps Shake Shack’s most popular classic offering. One bite and you’ll immediately know why this item is a bestseller in all of their branches.
Their potato bun is a huge game changer! Wow.
An instant fave from the first sip! The Ube Shake features vanilla frozen custard ice cream blended with ube; hand-spun to order. This is a Shack take on the classic flavor found all over the Philippines.
One of our family’s fave Shake Shack burgers and one of the items we usually order at Shake Shack HK.
Crisp-fried portobello mushroom filled with muenster and cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato and ShackSauce.
OMG! Remember when I mentioned earlier that the burgers served here actually taste better?
I don’t know if it’s just me but that’s exactly what I thought the moment I took my first bite. Wow.
The Shake Shack menu will also feature three unique concretes (frozen custard ice cream made in-Shack every day, then blended with mix-ins featuring iconic Filipino flavors or local bakers and artisans).
Vanilla custard mixed with ube, coconut marshmallow, ube cookie, toasted coconut and crispy pinipig. Topped with leche flan. Oooooh baby baby!
Chocolate custard mixed with Bucky’s original brownie, Auro chocolate chunks, Shack fudge sauce, and chocolate sprinkles. This sweet treat offers a Manila spin on a Shack classic. The Shark Attack proudly features chocolate brownies from Bucky’s and 55% cacao chocolate from local bean-to-bar Auro chocolate.
Calamansi Pie Oh My
Vanilla custard mixed with calamansi pie from the local favorite Wildflour Bakery.
Shake Shack Merch!
You can also purchase some really cool Shake Shack items and souvenirs like shirts, eco-bags, and more.
Before the event ended, each one of us were also given our own copies of the Shake Shack Recipe & Stories Book.
Naturally, I grabbed the opportunity and had my copy personally signed by Mark Rosati.
Well, that’s it! ‘Twas a truly tummy filling and flavorful few hours spent with the wonderful folks of Shake Shack. I look forward to coming back very soon for seconds (and thirds!).
If you’re wondering what else to order and enjoy at Shake Shack when it opens, you can check out the menu below…
So, are you ready to shake things up? You better be because opening day is just around the corner! Shake Shack proudly opens its doors on May 10, 2019 at 11:00AM. Don’t forget… Shake Shack is located at Central Square in Bonifacio High Street at Bonifacio Global City along Fifth Avenue.
Check out the map below for reference.
Oh by the way! It pays to come early because the first 100 guests in line will snag some really cool Shack swag! Fun activities are also planned starting at 9am before the restaurant opens at 11am. Woohoo!
Well, I’ll see you guys there!
For more about Shake Shack, you can visit their official Philippine website at https://www.shakeshack.ph