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A Cut Above: 8Cuts

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A Cut Above: 8Cuts

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EXCEPTIONAL BURGERS AT 8CUTS

Words by Timmy Potenciano

Photographed by Zac Moran of Studio 100

 

IT NEEDS TO BE SAID: there are WAY too many burger joints in the metro these days. Each has its own special quirk—from the dirt-cheap “buy one, take one” burger kiosks in every barangay, to the more upscale burger joints that try to outdo each other with their range of gourmet ingredients and different cooking styles. This could also be a really good thing, as the proliferation of burger joints caters to accommodating the different and evolving palates of local diners.

Here comes the obvious question, then: what makes a good burger really good?

One thing that most people 
can agree on is that the quality 
of ingredients plays a big role in 
the making of a well-made burger. Whether keeping it simple or jazzing it up, each element of a burger needs to be good—from the buns to the meat of the patty. And this is where 8Cuts Burger Blends comes in.

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A dining concept from The Moment Group (composed of Abba Napa, Eliza Antonino and Jon Syjuco) who also opened Burger Bar, 8Cuts Burger Blends (or simply, 8Cuts) is positioned as Burger Bar’s more affordable but equally quirky younger sibling. Its first branch opened on November 2013 at the UP Town Center in Katipunan, Quezon City. New branches at the Mega Fashion Hall as well as Powerplant Mall in Makati have recently opened their doors 
to capture the taste buds of 8Cuts’ growing band of burger lovers. With quirky, modern décor and a stark palette of blues, reds and oranges, 8Cuts’ interior design is visually appealing and welcoming to visitors who just want to sink their teeth into a hot, juicy burger.

THE MEAT OF THE MATTER

When biting into a burger, the cut of the meat that goes into the patty is probably not at the top of one’s mind, but 8Cuts makes it the first thing you consider before you give your order. 8Cuts has developed five beef patty blends with different personalities to suit each burger on the menu. If you’re feeling especially adventurous, you can even mix and match toppings, sauces, patties and bread to make your own special Frankenburger!

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The House Blend is a mix of ground short rib and rib eye beef and is
meaty and juicy. The Beef Bomb is made with chuck and short rib and is described as “a great all-around patty.” The Ox Blend, which is made with flank, oxtail and rib eye ground beef, contains umami and intense flavors. More adventurous types may go for the Big Game, which is described as “gamey, bold, aged beef,” and is made with hanger and brisket beef. Lastly, the Steak Cut is made with sirloin and chuck ground beef and goes well with sharp and tangy toppings.

If you’re a first timer at 8Cuts,
 all the options can be a little bit overwhelming. One thing’s for
sure: you can never go wrong with their Cheeseburger #3. Topped with their sauce #3, a tangy, mustardy homemade sauce, lollo rossa lettuce, fresh onions, tomatoes and cheddar cheese on a patty of your choice, it’s every bit the juicy, messy comfort food item you hoped it would be.

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Another must try cheese on a patty of your choice, it’s every bit the juicy, messy comfort food item you hoped it would be.

Another must-try burger is The Piggy, which is a Beef Bomb patty topped with melted mozzarella cheese, bacon strips, lollo rossa lettuce, tomatoes, garlic aioli, and 8Cuts’ house-made bacon jam. The subtlety of mozzarella goes well
with the tang of the aioli and the smokiness of the bacon, making this burger a flavorful bestseller. Another favorite is The Hang Over. Made with an onion-griddled Big Game patty, cheddar cheese, thick fried slices of prosciutto ham, fresh arugula, a sunny side-up egg and BBQ aioli sauce, this burger seems like the
ideal item to help recover from the previous night’s boozy bender. The Lamb Burger is an inspired offering that’s packed with Mediterranean flavors. The distinct taste of house- ground lamb shoulder is adorned with the smoky taste of harissa sauce, feta cheese, fresh cucumber spears, yogurt, pungent pickled red onions and the slightest hint of aioli on a u y brioche bun.

AND FRIES ON THE SIDE

What is a good burger without carefully selected side dishes to enhance its taste? The Sides menu boasts of a wide array of starches to choose from: skinny fries, waffle-
cut fries, skin-on steak fries, sweet potato fries, and of course, onion rings. You can even choose to dress up your fries with Truffle Parmesan, Sub-Atomic Bacon and Cheese, Jalapeño and Mozzarella, Bacon Jam and Egg, and even Chili and Cheese! 8Cuts’ Onion Rings are a must-try; the batter is light and crisp on the outside, u y on the inside, and lightly dusted with barbecue powder for an unexpected punch of flavor. The Waffle-Cut Fries, jazzed up with truffle Parmesan cheese are also a good choice if you like the sharpness of parmesan cheese dressed up with a hint of true oil.

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Should you want to veer away from the burgers, the Good Ol’ Hot Fried Wings err on the sweeter, smokier side of the flavor spectrum, which makes them kid-friendly and good for people who aren’t big fans
of spicy food. If you want to go the healthy route, the Holiday Salad is a feast not just for the stomach but for the eyes. Crumbled feta cheese, fresh basil and almond sticks adorn a bed of greens, tossed in fruity strawberry vinaigrette and a smattering of black sesame seeds for a hint of crunchiness make this salad a delicious exercise in texture and flavor. Lastly, wash down your meal with a Salted Caramel Shake to end your meal on a sweet note.

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Once again: What makes a good burger really good?

It’s lots of things all at once. It’s not only the obvious factors, but it’s the love and the thought that goes into creating a burger that makes it extra special, and this is why 8Cuts excels in that department and is a cut above all the rest.

8 CUTS BURGER BLENDS CAN BE LOCATED AT SM MEGA MALL, ROCKWELL POWERPLANT MALL, AND TRINOMA MALL

 

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