It was a year ago when I first tried 8Cuts Burger Blends in their first branch at UP Town Center with my friends Annie and Lizelle. We immediately became fans of this restaurant as its food items are superb. Fast forward to 2014, they have now opened 5 branches, and the newest one is located at Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig - it just proves their growing supporters in different parts of the metro.
One weeknight, I tagged along my best bud and chef friend Migz to check out the newly opened branch. We both decided to try menu items that we still haven't ordered in the past visits we've had at 8Cuts Burger Blends.
For drinks, I ordered the house blended brewed iced tea (₱95, bottomless), while Migz had the Arnold Palmer (₱95, bottomless) - a surprising twist of green tea with a tang of lemon, which adds a different dimension to a classic favorite. Both drinks had the right sweetness and were refreshingly good.
Our first appetizer was Nachos with a warm dip of Artichoke and Spinach (₱285). This is actually perfect since I love spinach, while Migz likes artichoke. The dip was very tasteful as it had different kinds of cheeses cooked in it. The chips seemed like they were served out of the box, but nevertheless were crunchy.
The food trip continues with the Chinatown Shrimp Poppers (₱260) as the second appetizer. Pieces of shrimp were covered and fried with batter, glazed with kung pao sauce, then topped with crushed nuts. It came with a dip of kung pao-mayo mix as well, which gave a hint of spiciness enough to add kick to the dish.
While waiting for our burgers, I couldn't resist ordering one of my 8Cuts favorites, the onion rings (₱65). I just love how crunchy and huge the rings are, and the flavor used to give it a different taste.
For my main dish, I opted to select one from the list of classic burgers rather than creating my own - it's called Q-Daddy (₱295), a quarter-pounder ox Blend Patty of flank, oxtail and rib eye with yellow cheddar, onion tanglers, crisp Bacon Strips, lettuce, tomato, jalapeno ranch and sweetly spiced barbecue sauce.
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This tri-cut, juicy burger is so palatable, but can be messy to eat. What I did was to try flattening the burger, before cutting it into pieces using the knife. Each bite was an explosive taste of flavors rumbling in my mouth. Its meat was tender, never a tiring piece to chew and finish.
Migz, on the other hand, got the Piggy (₱245), a quarter-pounder beef bomb blend patty of the chuck and short rib with mozzarella, fried bacon strips, house-made bacon jam, tomatoes, and garlic aioli. As with the one I ate, this burger is also very juicy. He can really taste the beef in every bite, with full flavors in it. The bacon strips added a nice touch of slight sweetness while the mozzarella cheese neutralized each bite.
Of course, we didn't end the degustacion without having dessert! We chose the Molten Chocolate Bottoms (₱135), which tasted like heaven! Compared to before where there's obviously a separation of moist cake and chocolate, this around both are combined and just melts in the mount. Add to it the vanilla ice cream, it surely is a great way to seal the deal!
8Cuts Burger Blends is part of the Moment Group, alongside Phat Pho, Cue Modern Barbecue, Manam Express, Q-Daddy, Namnam, Burger Bar, and Mecha Uma. Having tasted most of these restaurants, I can really attest to how this group has never failed to satisfy the tummy each time.