8Cuts turns 5!

MAY 2017

On September 13, across all 8Cuts shops, we’re inviting everyone to celebrate our 5th birthday with us through our P88 Birthday Menu! For one day only, the Cheeseburger, Q-Daddy, Piggy, and Party Spaghetti can be purchased for just P88.

The P88 Birthday Menu is applicable to in-store orders only, with no takeouts or leftovers (otherwise, it’s at full price). This will run on ONE day only—September 13, in all stores, for the entire day (or until supplies last). This is not valid in conjunction with other promos and discounts, and a cap of two orders per person will be applied. And just in case you’re planning on getting a friend to save a table ahead for you, parties will only be given a place once the entire group is in attendance.

It’s a big day to be turning a full five years old, and we can’t imagine celebrating it any other way, than with all our hungry homies!

Linguini Fini Launches Pizza and Pasta Eat All You Can!

SEPT 2017

The pizza and pasta experts are ready to fire up their pans, and crank up their ovens for this one. On all weekdays starting September 8 to November 8, 2017, you can now eat the freshest Linguini Fini pizza and pasta for a steal.

At only P399+ per person, diners can have as many plates as they want of select LF 8-inch pizzas, such as Cheese, Cheese Garlic & Anchovy, Pepperoni, Manila Caprese, and Diavola, as well as select signature LF pasta dishes like the Papardelle “Nose To Tail” Bolognese, Aglio Olio, the Shrimp & Clams Fettuccine, and the Linguini Adobo Gremolata. Plus, a free glass of iced tea!

Satisfy that pizza and pasta craving by heading to Linguini Fini at the 3rd floor of the Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City

The complete mechanics are as follows:
1. Available on weekdays only from 10am to 10pm.
2. The entire table must avail of the promotion.
3. Maximum of 2 hours only per table.
4. Maximum of 2 plates at a time per person. Only a fully consumed plate can be replaced.
5. For dine in only.
6. Strictly no leftovers or takeout; leftovers will be charged based on regular prices.
7. Not valid in conjunction with other promotions or discounts.
8. In the purchase of goods and services which are on promotional discount, the senior citizen can avail of the promotional discount or the discount provided by under the Expanded Senior Citizen Act of 2010, whichever is higher.

Promo period from September 8, 2017 – November 8, 2017.

Linguini Fini Manila is a partnership of Hongkong’s Homegrown Foods, and The Moment Group.

Ooma launches Salmon Aburi and Spicy Tuna Poke Bowl

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MAY 2017

It seems like poke fever’s made a splash landing at all our Ooma shops, through the Salmon Aburi and Spicy Tuna Poke Bowl. Take a good look, and a long whiff as the quin-tessential poke bowl gets a distinctly Ooma zing.

The Salmon Aburi and Spicy Tuna Poke is all of Ooma’s essential elements, combined in-to one satisfyingly hearty bowl. At its foundation is a mound of ludicrously tasty rice, topped with katsuboshi flakes, toasted sesame seeds, and smatters of chopped scallions. It is sour, umami and sweet all at once, making it an eruption of flavor on the palate. Crowning the rice is an Ooma mess of tuna bits and tempura crumbs in fiery aioli, along with salmon aburi decked with green apples, pickled red onion slivers, and a ceviche dressing. The bowl is finished off with smears of wasabi aioli, flecks of toasted nori, and a sprinkle of fried leeks.

Expect this to be the last poke bowl you’ll ever have to get your hands on.

8Cuts X Ooma Launches Limited Edition Soft Shell Crab ‘Wich

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MAR 2017

Two of The Moment Group’s kids have come together to make this limited edition Soft-Shell Crab ‘Wich, which puts that Ooma Spin between our staple 8Cuts buns.

We’ve taken to crab mentality of the soft shell kind lately (in time for the Lenten season too!). 8Cuts and Ooma have come together and created an explosive sandwich you’ll want to get your claws on: the Soft Shell Crab ‘Wich. This 8cuts-Ooma animal gets the Ooma touch as a beer-battered soft-shell crab is layered with unagi sauce, mozzarella, mango salsa, herb aioli, aligue mayo, and crisped-up salmon skin—all between pillowy 8Cuts brioche buns.

This limited edition Soft Shell Crab ‘Wich is available in all 8cuts and Ooma stores, from March 3, 2017 to April 30, 2017. Grab it while it’s hot!

Bank Bar Happily Hour After

FEB 2017

Bank Bar is Manila’s top-shelf drinking den that serves the most extensive range of liquors, spirits, and cocktails in the city—any and every day of the week. But to make the work week a little brighter, we’ve prepared a great way to start the day’s end. From 5–8 P.M. every Monday to Friday, for P695++ per person, we’re making a case for endless cocktails.

Mixes include martinis, daiquiris, mojitos, shochu and tequila highballs, and Earl Grey martinis. Money Pours on selected spirits—from gin to scotch—are also ready to keep the night alive, right with glasses of house red and white wines. Non-drinkers are also welcome to a feast of cucumber or raspberry smashes.

Over at Bank, everyone has the chance to live Happily Hour After.

The Moment Group holds its first pop-up dinner at The Test Kitchen with Aaron Isip

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DEC 2016

Initially meant to be the R&D kitchen at The Moment Group’s headquarters in Makati, The Test Kitchen 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—something more inclusive. It became an intimate place where friends and family could come together and celebrate.

Last December it 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. The first on the roster was a pop-up dinner series with the Trophée Espoir of Ile de France 2015 winner Aaron Isip, which featured the acclaimed chef’s playfulness with local bounty. Originally slated for 4 nights only, the seats sold out so fast that The Moment Group opened up another night. The 8-course dinner featured Aaron Isip’s French techniques using local produce, grounded in Filipino roots. Highlights of the evening included Local Scallops Aguachile with uni, quail egg yolk, chorizo powder, Giant Halaan Clam and Bamboo Clams with green mango and kamias sauce vierge, and Purple Yam or Ube curry with calamari a la plancha, potato croutons, chicharron, and butterfly pea flowers.

The pop-up dinners were 5 nights of exciting cuisine in a casual sleek space, and attentive service by The Moment Group team, who where in large part from TMG’s burger joint brand, 8cuts. The service staff and cooks involved in this endeavour were led by some amazing young people in TMG led by R&D Chef Monica Yang and Operations Development Manager Mike Luna. The aesthetic for the dining tables were in large part attributed to the private stoneware collections of Tina Fernandez of Aphro, and Garden Barn’s exquisite stemware and porcelain pieces.

The Test Kitchen is now The Moment Group’s playground at home base, where creative culinary happenings—whether big or small—are definitely abound. Special launches may even happen here, and tastings for new dishes by TMG. Who knows, new restaurant concepts could even sow its seeds here.

Din Tai Fung Philippines Celebrates XLB Day

DEC 2016

It’s been nearly one year since Din Tai Fung opened its first store in the Philippines. To herald the year since the world’s most famous Xiao Long Bao reached its shores, Din Tai Fung declares DTF Xiao Long Bao Day! Last December 8, which marked the anniversary, diners were treated to one peso Chocolate Lava Xiao Long Bao for every order of Xiao Long Bao of their choice. Lines flocked the original store at SM Megamall and the newest location at Bonifacio High Street Central. Steaming baskets of sweet and savory Xiao Long Bao alike landed on tables during lunch and throughout dinner time while fun games and freebies entertained those waiting in line.

Baskets of Chocolate Lava Xiao Long Bao were wiped out that day but the festivities don’t end there. With a single receipt purchase of P1,000, diners can win a three-day-two-night trip for two to Taiwan, the birthplace of Din Tai Fung. The promo is inclusive of tickets care of Eva Air, hotel accommodations, a city tour care of Jeron Travel, and special visits to the first ever Din Tai Fung outlet and to the world-renowned Din Tai Fung Taipei 101.

The celebration of DTF Xiao Long Bao Day continues beyond the anniversary date and remains the everyday occasion in Din Tai Fung Philippines.

World’s Most Famous Soup Dumpling Shop, Din Tai Fung, Comes to Bonifacio Global City

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NOV 2016

Hailed as “The World’s Greatest Dumplings” by Forbes, and a basket of “small miracles” by Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold, the world-famous soup dumplings of Din Tai Fung have finally made their way to the bustling district of Bonifacio Global City.

On its opening day, the store awarded the first person in line, Lorenzo Villanueva, with P12,000 worth of gift certificates for waiting in line for over 28 hours. And for the entire opening week, 50 free baskets of Xiao Long Bao were given away. Inside the 200-seater restaurant, there was more in store for diners who braved the lines on opening day. In addition to the six kinds of Xiao Long Bao available at the first Megamall shop (pork, crab roe and pork, chicken, green squash and shrimp, truffle and pork, and foie gras and chicken), the newest flavor debuting at Din Tai Fung BGC is the Pork and Roasted Garlic Xiao Long Bao. Also new on the menu are Philippine exclusive featured dishes that now come in portions good for 1-2 people or for groups of 3-4: Salted Egg Yolk Squid, Hot Garlic Spareribs, Sweet and Sour Prawns, Steamed Fish in Superior Soy Sauce, Shredded Pork Fried Rice.

Fitting for a business and lifestyle district like Bonifacio Global City, the new location’s space was designed to keep diners coming back. Interiors are decked by unique and local art pieces. Visual artist, Mars Bugaoan, has created a suspended installation of heated plastic, which resembles a chandelier that casts shadows on the wall—an effect of light hitting the art work. In the main dining area, diners are met by a wall-mounted triptych on which Bugaoan makes use of heated plastic, defined by arresting colors of red, black, and purple. On the opposite end is digital mixed media artist, Reese Lansangan’s chronicles of Din Tai Fung’s roots through digital print collage on canvas.

Moment Group is responsible for bringing Din Tai Fung to Philippine shores. The restaurant group is known for cutting-edge restaurant concepts 8Cuts Burgers, Manam Comfort Filipino, Phat Pho Manila, Linguini Fini Manila, Ooma, Mecha Uma, and Bank Bar. Fast and friendly customer service plus a commitment to the decades-old Xiao Long Bao recipe is key for TMG founding members Eliza Antonino, Abba Napa, and Jon Syjuco, who acquired the franchise in 2014.

8Cuts Burgers Launches a New Menu

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NOV 2016

There’s a new mantra going around 8Cuts’ burger joints – dishing out only the good stuff between our buns, starting with the beef. First up is the crowd favorite House Blend that mixes in brisket, short rib, and quality ribeye, lending out that juicy burst of flavor between every gob. Its partner in crime is a grass-fed burger patty, that’s lightly salted and leaner to the bite, with its mix of sirloin, round tip flank, and short plate; with less fat on its back for all those out there with a hankering for a good burger, without all the guilt. Melding with these juicy patties is a choice of house blend cheeses. We’re talking beer cheese with Belgian wheat, béchamel gruyere, blue cheese, house cheddar, and parmesan crusted mozzarella.

The new menu has rolled out in all 11 8Cuts burger joints, but the formal launch was set in the TMG Test Kitchen housed at The Moplex, home base of The Moment Group. Guests enjoyed the two burger patties in slider size, with house-made buns and the freshest vegetables with an array of the good stuff like sugar glazed house-made corned beef, house-smoked bacon sliced on site, bacon-onion compote, black truffle oil, and a range of sauces made from scratch. Joining the party were a couple of 8Cuts’ signature sidekicks – Skinny Fries and Onion Rings which now comes in bucket size. For the big finish, desserts came in the form of Turtle Pie Ice Cream and Peach Cobbler Ice Cream Sundaes.

Give this beefed up menu a try at any of our 11 shops: Alabang Town Center, Eastwood, Greenbelt 2, Promenade Greenhills, Rockwell, Salcedo Village, Serendra, SM Megamall, SM MOA, Trinoma, and UP Town Center.

P.H.A.T. Pho Opens in Rockwell

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SEP 2016

To much of Rockwell’s anticipation, Phat Pho opened its second outlet in Manila since it came to the capital in 2014. Phat Pho, originally from the esteemed Abaca Group of Cebu have collaborated yet again with the Moment Group so that more diners can enjoy modern street style Vietnamese fare.

Phat Pho’s signature pho is pretty hot and tasty as ever, with the Seafood Pho now permanently on the menu. In addition to this Vietnamese classic, the restaurant also serves up the crowd favorites such as the Saigon Baguette Banh Mi, with house-made baguette; bite-sized and addicting rolls of Goi Cuon; your choice of tender skewered Pork Belly, Chicken, or Angus Beef Satay; and the cravable carb staple, Com Chien.

The Vietnamese kitchen continues to dish out a variety of pho, alongside a delicious array of modernized Vietnamese street food fare, making it everyone’s upbeat and casual noodle bar of choice.