Now Open: 8 Cuts at Salcedo Village, Makati
Meet three of their newest burgers exclusive to this branch.
8 Cuts Burger Blends
HV Dela Costa Street corner LP Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City
Open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Sunday to Thursday) and 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. (Friday to Saturday)
(SPOT.ph) 8 Cuts is back to where they started-back to that dim, neon-lit joint where Pop Tate’s grew up into something like Cheers, serving burgers that put creativity to the fore and milkshakes have a tipsy edge. The latest 42-seater is the eighth 8 Cuts store, that is, if you count Burger Bar. And you should. This minimalist, easygoing spirit, the loud music, the bright lights curled to form the words "What’s Your Beef?"-that’s all on loan from the original Greenbelt branch.
The cozier area
By the bar
A preview of game nights at 8 Cuts
Part diner, part bar, 8 Cuts Salcedo has also assumed another identity-as a friendly neighborhood sports pub. Abba Napa, one-third of The Moment Group, points at the rolling white screen over the open kitchen and an LCD projector. They plan to air big sports programs like the NBA Finals and the upcoming Pacquiao-Mayweather fight in May.
Skinny Fries with Cheeseball Shrooms
The Salcedo branch, which opened Tuesday night, March 3, also introduced new items to the dependable 8 Cuts menu-the additions, we learned, are exclusive to this store. The famous Skinny Fries (P55), for example, can now be preened with Cheeseball Truffled Shrooms (plus P125) or blobs of rich cheese with punches of earthy mushrooms. It’s a difficult decision to turn your back from their famous Onion Rings (P65). But the answer to this stressful dilemma is to get both. Obviously.
Tongue and Cheek
But it’s the burgers, the primeval delight of biting into nothing but meat and more meat, that gives 8 Cuts its best successes. One of which is the new Tongue and Cheek (P425), which takes it quite literally. Underneath the tangle of crispy fried onions, sauteed mushrooms and green olives that give way to the beef overload. The trusty House Blend (short rib and rib-eye) finds a match in beef cheeks and tongue, all together presenting an assortment of meaty textures, which then doused with house gravy that is, of course, sponged up by the soft bun.
Bar Burger 2.0
Its name alone is enough to for the Bacon Shroom to pitch a rather reliable combination of bacon and mushroom, but there’s extra comfort in learning that they’re indulgent add-ons to an established favorite: the Cheeseburger No. 3. Another classic, the Bar Burger, also gets an upgrade. The Bar Burger 2.0 (P370) lashes out flavors-from the sriracha aioli (that lathers tingling heat into the House Blend patty) to the punchy bleu cheese (Bar Burger used gorgonzola) to the bits of biting onion to the smoky scarmorza cheese and bacon. This is a burger that’s both furious and loving in its flavors.
At the end of the meal, the table is covered with the messy evidence of formerly existing burgers, fries, and onion rings. Popoy, the server, brings in this new cocktail. It’s a Pickleback, or bourbon chased with a pickle brine complete with an actual gherkin. It’s supposed to remind you of a burger-or how good it would taste with an actual burger...
Looks like the eating is about to begin all over again. Maybe we might double up (plus P140) that one-third pound patty this time.
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