The Moment Group, the culinary collective to which Bank Bar belongs, has always had a talent for giving Manila what it didn’t know it wanted.
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Where Strange meets Sumptuous: Mess Hall in Pasong Tamo, Makati
An apostle for gastronomic innovation, The Moment Group is in constant search for food ideas worth one’s salt. Their latest venture is a peek into their own private playground: the Mess Hall.
Located at the ground floor of Moplex—TMG’s headquarters and central kitchens—Mess Hall is an addition to the rapidly expanding food movement along Pasong Tamo Extension. 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 19 of the restaurant’s choice diner favorites, from the Sinigang of Short Rib and Watermelon, to Oxtail Kare-kare, to the Lechon Batchoy.
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
Ooma Rockwell: Nouveau Japanese Joint Takes on New Identity as a Sake Bar
Ooma Rockwell proves it has more in its bag of tasty treats
Following the success of its inaugural outpost, The Moment Group’s Ooma now opens its doors to a brand new neighborhood: in the Edades Tower of Rockwell, Makati.
With the introduction of this second outpost, a range of new items are making their way to the menu, which include a Maguro Zuke Taco Maki; an open faced temaki wrap with a soy and olive oil-marinated piece of tuna, with an egg yolk dipping sauce. Joining the rundown of Aburi Makis is an oyster variant that packs a crunch and creamy cheesiness to the bite. The new menu also introduces a dish inspired by Ricketts’s recent trip to Japan: an Anago Truffle and Mushroom Soba, which has fresh water eel tempura above a mound of steamy buckwheat noodles in hot broth.
An added element to Ooma’s new outpost is an homage to The Moment Group founders’—Eliza Antonino, Abba Napa, and Jon Syjuco’s—shared affinity for sake. Because of this, a sake den has taken up residence in Ooma’s second floor, featuring a wide variety of sake.
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