The Test Kitchen was initially meant to be the R&D kitchen at The Moment Group’s headquarters. Then, it became a space that could moonlight as a private dining hall for its owners, Abba Napa, Eliza Antonino and Jon Syjuco. As with all the initial concepts of their restaurants, however, The Test Kitchen’s ambitions blossomed into something bigger. It became an intimate place where friends and family could come together and celebrate. It’s set out to play host to a string of chefs, whether from TMG’s own restaurants or not, where they can let their inventiveness roam and flourish. Special launches may even happen here, and tastings for new dishes.
An apostle for gastronomic innovation, The Moment Group is in constant search for food ideas worth one’s salt. This venture is a peek into their own private playground: the Mess Hall. The place acts as a cafeteria in adulthood, from the self-service counters to the long communal tables. A perennial pop-up of their ingenuity, Mess Hall will be serving up and dishing out meals from The Moment Group’s personal concepts—beginning with Manam. Featured in Mess Hall’s Manam spin-off are crowd favorites like the House Crispy Sisig and Watermelon Sinigang. Like any of TMG’s other homegrown brands, this spectacular first setup is only the beginning for what the Mess Hall has in store for curious diners.
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Summer in the Philippines became official with one of the most awaited annual event in the country, Make Your Own Havaianas. At the VIP kickoff event held last April 21 at the Mega Fashion Hall, we said konnichiwa to 11 years of fun and thrill in creating a bespoke pair of flip-flops in various colors and pins of choice. This year’s theme was a tribute to traditional Japanese designs weaved from the Shibori technique. Alongside the intricate flip-flop patterns were one-of-a-kind pins like the sakura flower, zori sandal, Japanese fan, ramen, Sumo wrestler, empress, robot, sushi, ninja, Japanese beer and Japan lettering that had guests testing their creative prowess in selecting their pins and have them placed strategically on the straps.
A perfect match to the Japanese theme was Ooma Japanese Rice Bar and guests were treated to bold new flavors in the form of Spicy Tuna Maki, crunchy Ebi Tempura Maki and Corn Kakiage. As a nod to the Brazilian Caipirinha, OOMA created a “Sakerinha,“ a light refreshment made with a sake base, lime wedges and sugar cubes.
Next to enjoying a new pair from the Shibori collection, MYOH goers also received reward cards from Linguini Fini, Ooma and 8Cuts, all at the Mega Fashion Hall, perfect pit stops for the hungry new owners of MYOH 2016 flip-flops!