Why you should try Sweet Ecstasy's vegan burger

No meat? No problem! Sweet X's Beyond Ecstasy Burger is 100% vegan – from the buns, cheese, and its plant-based patty

Steph Arnaldo

Published: 4:00 PM February 21, 2020

Updated: 4:19 PM February 22, 2020

VEGAN BURGER. Local burger joint Sweet Ecstasy has a Beyond Ecstasy Burger, made with a plant-based patty. Photo from Sweet X's Instagram account

MANILA, Philippines – Most of Metro Manila's carnivores know where to go for a good 'ol juicy burger fix, that's for sure. But contrary to popular belief, so do the plant-based eaters, vegetarians, and vegans of Manila. And one of these restos is neighborhood burger joint Sweet Ecstasy.

MAKATI BRANCH. Sweet X's Makati branch is located along Jupiter Street. Photo by Steph Arnaldo/Rappler

But the Beyond Ecstasy Burger (P500) has been an open secret since July 2019 – Sweet X's first-ever 100% vegan and totally plant-based burger.

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The Beyond Ecstasy Burger is made from Beyond Burger patties – a juicy and meaty alternative to actual beef. 

PLANT-BASED. Photo by Steph Arnaldo/Rappler
VEGAN BURGER. Photo by Steph Arnaldo/Rappler

The texture and mouth feel of this burger does resemble meat – not the mushy, non-textured veggie meat of other storebought "meatless" meats, but the stringy, tightly-packed kind, sans any extenders. Combined with Sweet X's power combo of ecstasy sauce, cheese, fresh veggies, and fluffy buns? Quite the experience.

BEYOND ECSTASY. Photo by Steph Arnaldo/Rappler

It did taste like a chori burger to me upon first bite (if some of you may be familiar with the Boracay staple before), the Filipino-style "chorizo burger" that's both salty and sweet, and a little peppery. It's savory, for sure, with a hint of grilled smokiness.

It's a recommendable alternative for plant-based eaters craving for the Sweet X burger experience. The price may be steep for a thin, meat-free patty, but coupled with the rest of the burger works, it's a fair price to pay for the occasional not-so-cheating "cheat day."

And hey, the Beyond Ecstasy burger also got the seal of approval from a few of my meat-loving friends, so for those not completely plant-based, do feel free to enjoy one of your Meatless Mondays at Sweet X.

ORDER AREA. Photo by Steph Arnaldo/Rappler
JUPITER STORE. Photo by Steph Arnaldo/Rappler