In the United States and Europe, secret menus aren’t that new of a thing. A lot of their fast food chains have these little items that aren’t on the official menu and aren’t advertised at all. You’d have to somehow know what’s on the secret menu and ask for it when you place your order. It looks like the Philippines is trying that same thing. Well, at least the McDonald’s in the Philippines anyway. As of last month, McDonald’s Philippines secret menu has four items. Disappointingly, three of them don’t feel special and are just glorified supersized versions of what’s on the current menu as they added an extra patty of whatever’s in it. Instead of the McChicken, there’s the Double McChicken. Quarter Pounder too light for you? There’s the Double Quarter Pounder. And if the Double Cheeseburger’s too mundane for your tastes, you may wanna up the ante with the Triple Cheeseburger. Still, it’s very familiar, don’t you think?
There is, however, one item that’s at least unique and it’s the item that caught my eye where I heard of the new McDonald’s secret menu. It’s the only thing that wasn’t just a supersized version of one of their regular offerings. That item is the McDonald’s Surf ‘n’ Turf.
The McDonald’s Surf ‘n’ Turf is a different take on the regular Big Mac they’ve offered since time immemorial. It still has the special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions in a specialty sesame seed bun. However, instead of the familiar two all beef patties to go with it, McDonald’s nixed one of them and replaced it with a Fillet o’ Fish patty. When I heard of what the Surf ‘n’ Turn, it really piqued my interest because, well, I’ve always thought of the Fillet o’ Fish to be the “saddest” item on McDonald’s regular menu. I don’t really know anyone who’s a huge fan of it. In fact, I think McDonald’s created the Surf ‘n’ Turf specifically so that they can get rid of as many Fillet o’ Fish patties they’ve overstocked over the years! Even so, I just had to order it!
I will admit, I was kind of nervous when asking for the Surf ‘n’ Turf as the person at the front of the counter wouldn’t know what it was. Just in case, I had the secret menu listing on my phone so I could show it to the cashier when I order it. To that person’s credit (and the McDonald’s staff at Greenhills), she instantly knew what the Surf ‘n’ Turf was. I showed her the article listing the Surf ‘n’ Turf as part of McDonald’s secret menu and she knew exactly what it was; no hassles. The only real problem, if you can call it that, about ordering the Surf ‘n’ Turf is that you’ll have to wait for them to prep it. The wait isn’t that much of a problem as it was only around 5 minutes. Of course, I ordered it with a side of fries and a Coke… but since we’ve all had McDonald’s fries and Coke before, they’re not going to be included in this review.
So, how does the McDonald’s Surf ‘n’ Turf actually taste. Actually, surprisingly good! I may have made fun of the Fillet o’ Fish earlier but I never said it was bad. Well, there is one thing that turns me off from the Fillet o’ Fish; the overabundance of tartar sauce they usually put on it. They usually try to overcompensate by dumping a messy amount of tartar sauce in all of the Fillet o’ Fish sandwiches I’ve ordered and it’s pretty disgusting. With the Surf ‘n’ Turf, there’s no tartar sauce and that’s a good thing! Also, the Big Mac “special sauce” actually compliments the Fillet o’ Fish fish patty a whole lot better than tartar sauce, in my opinion.
The fish fillet patty I got was really cooked well. It was still crispy on the outside yet soft on the inside. It was also substantially thick and held together very well, even after numerous bites. I guess, without the copious amount of tartar sauce, a Fillet o’ Fish actually tastes great. I honestly liked how it tasted. I will also commend that the entire “Big Mac” setup worked really well for me. Remarkably, the entire tower sandwich held together really nicely without falling apart. This is actually something I have to mention because Big Macs usually just explode while I eat it. I don’t know why. The Surf ‘n’ Turf held together throughout my entire time eating it. I even moved it around before eating it so I could try to find a good angle for it (I couldn’t) and, when I picked it up again, it still felt solid. Kudos to the guy at McDonald’s who assembled it!
So, I was like the “Surf” part of the Surf ‘n’ Turf. The only real negative I can say about the Mcdonald’s Surf ‘n’ Turf is, oddly, the “turf” part. It’s not like the remaining beef patty was bad. In fact, I can’t even say if it tasted good. I didn’t even notice it while eating the Surf ‘n’ Turf. I really tried to see if I could detect the beef in it and I just couldn’t! It’s not like the fish fillet was overpowering it, I think. I could taste pretty much everything. I could taste the lettuce. I could taste the cheese. I could taste the fish and I could taste the special sauce. But the beef? I couldn’t! And I really tried to concentrate to see if I could detect its flavor and I just couldn’t! And I know it’s there because I took a picture of it, hanging on the bottom portion of the sandwich!
Ultimately, I will say I liked the Surf ‘n’ Turf. Even without the prestige of it being in some “exclusive” and “secret” menu that only “insiders” know about, I would say it’s worth ordering at least once. If you like your Fillet o’ Fish without the annoying tartar sauce, you’ll be impressed with it, at the very least.
Have you tried ordering the Surf ‘n’ Turf off McDonald’s secret menu? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments section below!