Tagaytay old-timers would probably not forget that unassuming cafeteria off the side of the Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway that sells the quirkiest kind of burger. Instead of the usual beef patties, this burger joint uses a healthier option for their sandwiches, mushrooms. For more than thirty years now, the legendary Mushroomburger has been serving the locals these earthy buns and I queued up just to check what the fuss was about.
I’ve often wondered why I haven’t been seeing this famous burger joint whenever I visit the cool-weathered city during years past. I know it’s just along the highway between the restaurants in Magallanes Ridge and Caleruega, but our bus or jeep seemed to miss it every time.
The answer lay at the route these public vehicles take. Jeepneys passing the Tagaytay’s Mahogany Market take the Mahogany Avenue which detours around and completely miss its location. The best thing to do is ask the driver first if he’ll be passing through Mushroomburger before boarding.
The diner’s interior is as simple as diners get; brightly painted walls, Formica-topped tables and booths, plastic monobloc chairs. The walls are plastered with posters of huge burgers, some curious flying fishes and a railed train set (probably the owner’s toy) near the ceiling.
Fresh oyster mushrooms are displayed near the counter where one can actually see what goes inside the burgers they’re serving. These are grown at a series of dark warehouses at the back of the lot which you can actually visit (although I’m not sure if they allow visitors inside the buildings itself).
We ordered a couple of their burgers, their Mushroom Regular (Php42.00) and Mushroom Royal (Php75.00). I was actually surprised that their patties also contain meat, being a combination of beef and mushroom. Their Royal has a few extras like cheese and a mushroom omelet. But fear not, hardcore vegetarians, they have the Mushroom Sandwich (Php54.00) just for you.
And the taste? It actually taste like a regular hamburger, but juicier. And you just know that it’s not as bad for your arteries as its fast food counterparts.
We also enjoyed a cup of their Sago Gulaman (Php30.00). But this is not the same as the ones you get at any city side streets. Like the burgers in this joint, it also has sweet mushrooms mixed along with the tapiocas and jellies. Cool eh?
And the best thing to do right after wolfing down all those mushroom burgers is to head at the back of restaurant and hang out at their mini playground. They have swings, slides, seesaws and even a wishing well. What I’d like to do is bring out an extra bun of burger out back, have a few more bites while swinging, and simply enjoy the cool mountain breeze of Tagaytay City.
Mushroom Burger Tagaytay
Address: Km. 60, Brgy. Kaybagal, Tagaytay City
Contact Number: (046) 483-1330 | (046) 483-1330
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Open Hours: 7:30AM - 11:00PM
GPS Coordinates: +14° 5' 48.23", +120° 55' 55.93"
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