When youre the one who loves her/his burger juicy, with all the right toppings: caramelized onions bacon, tomatoes, pickles, and chopped onions with mustard, if you like it sweet and savory. Then youre in for a little surprise. I had a grand time visiting Pound4Pound Grilled Burgers stall at the Yummy Eats Baon Blowout at Glorietta Activity Center. I wanted mine sweet and savory with all the topping smacked in between patties. I went for Italian Stallion made with beef patty layered with Italian veggies, shredded osso buco, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese in between homemade focaccia. Mediterranean-inspired. It was juicy, with the right cheese tucked in, the patty was well done with all the right marinade. It was perfect for me.
It’s always a treat when one stumbles upon a place where burgers are more than just fast food grub.
Chef-entrepreneur Claude Noel Hizon gives this classic comfort food the respect it deserves, serving themed burgers under the banner Pound4Pound Grilled Burgers. The rising foodpreneur’s stall can be seen in various weekend markets and can be ordered thru “Food Panda” delivery services.
Everything is Homemade
It doesn’t take much explanation to understand why hungry customers come here for burgers; the ingredients speak for themselves. For one, Chef Claude uses 100% pure beef for his patties. This meticulous attention to quality is also evident in the premium ingredients including the different kinds of homemade buns, toppings, condiments and add-ons which he makes from scratch.
“Burgers are obviously my favorite comfort food. And I’m very particular with how I want my burger to be, so I started making my own versions and thought of sharing them with others,” says the 30-year-old chef, who graduated from ISCAHM. Claude’s experience in the kitchen was fully honed working at various establishments like Italianni's, Discovery Shores Boracay, Richmonde Hotel in Eastwood and most recently, at Raffles and Fairmont Hotels in Makati where he was a chef de partie. He is now a private chef-caterer and a partner at Current Swell Coffee Brewery that he co-owns with his best friend, Miko Sarmiento and Mikos wife, Angeli also Karnevore restaurant in Marikina together with other business associates.
The name Pound4Pound, meanwhile, is actually a reference to Claude’s love for the sport of boxing. “In a way, Pound4Pound represents my passion for boxing and burgers merged into one food concept. In boxing parlance, it means value. It can also stand for ‘the best of the best’, which is my objective when making burgers. I don’t like cutting corners. Even my burgers are conceptualized in such a way that each has its own robust flavor brought about by the complimentary ingredients,” he says.
Themed burgers on its menu.
They have the Italian Stallion made with beef patty layered with Italian veggies, shredded osso buco, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese in between homemade focaccia. Mediterranean-inspired, Leonidas is a Greek burger using brioche bun topped with lamb shank, feta cheese, and tomato & bell pepper jam.
Twice the Fun is Chef Claude’s take on the classic double cheeseburger: a mouthwatering tier of two patties, pickled cucumber, red onion, tomatoes and two kinds of cheddar cheese. He elevates the humble pan de sal into a gourmet sandwich with the noy-Pi Burger, juicy beef patty topped with shredded pork humba, buttered liver and pickled radish. For big breakfast eaters, Claude serves the Early Bird, a hearty meal in itself with burger patty topped with corned beef hash, fried egg, and two kinds of cheddar between halved English muffin.
Those who like their burgers simple may opt for the Classic Cheeseburger, a satisfying combo of beef patty, cheddar cheese sauce, pickles, tomatoes, onion, and lettuce on homemade brioche.
Aside from burgers, Pound4Pound also offers two kinds of pasta: P4P’s Spaghetti Meatballs and Osso Buco Lasagna.
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