A Filipino-inspired smash burger is offered at the pop-up Bundok’s Burgers at Olfactory Brewing in San Francisco, from 5 to 8 p.m., every Saturday in the month of February, Eater SF reported.
Owner Kevin Villanueva, who has experience cooking in fine dining kitchens such as In Situ and Jeepney in New York, said he has been planning to open a Filipino restaurant.
Although his eventual dream is to open a “glorious fine dining Filipino concept” was halted by the “reality of working in a kitchen,” Villanueva explained he hopes this pop-up will allow him to incorporate Filipino tastes into American favorite dishes, Eater SF noted.
“First ever pop up on the books!” reads Bundok’s Burgers’s Instagram post. “We’ll be slinging some delicious smashburgers with Filipino flair so bring your pamilya, your pares, and your bespren.”
Villanueva explained he offers patties that are made of both beef and longanisa, a Filipino pork sausage commonly eaten for breakfast with fried eggs. He noted that using this type of sausage causes the smash burgers to become more charred.
The pop-up’s menu has three burger offerings, Eater SF reported, all of which come on a purple-colored ube hamburger bun.
Villanueva said the signature burger is covered with a sauce made of banana ketchup and calamansi. There is also the spicy burger option that includes a bird’s eye chile relish and spicy shoestring fries. The third dish is a “smokey smash” that comes with the pop-up’s “lechon sauce,” charred onions and provolone cheese, according to Eater SF.
At the same location, Olfactory Brewing, on Fridays and Sundays, other pop-up businesses such as Rico’s BBQ, Jungle Dog and Mezcla Columbian will provide their own menu offerings, according to the brewery’s Instagram.
“I’m super excited to be doing this,” said Villanueva to Eater SF. “Getting this opportunity and embarking on this journey is exciting.”
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