Richie and I had a little adventure in UP Town Center to try out 8 Cuts Burger Blends. 8 Cuts is the sister restaurant of Burger Bar but to this day I still don’t know why they used a different name. The name stands for the 8 cuts of beef they use in their different burger patties; chuck, rib eye, short rib, sirloin, brisket, hanger, flank and ox tail. The store is located at the 2nd floor, facing the future open area.
The store facade is nice with lots of big glass panes, on one side you can see the seating area and the open kitchen on the other side.
The place has a got a college hangout vibe with the industrial ceiling and splashes of color all over.
The main draw of 8 Cuts aside from the 8 different cuts of beef it uses is that they grind and make the patties on site. You can see each step of the process from 100% pure US beef to the finished burger on your table.
Each balled of ground beef is pressed into a plastic mold and the popped by hand so no two patties are exactly the same.
Next station is where they cook the hand pressed patties.
This is where they finally combine all the ingredients to make the burger of your choice.
If you eat burgers, you of course have to have some fries. We got some Skin-on steak fries (P55) then we pimped it up with Bacon Jam and Fried Egg (P70). This was messy to eat after we broke the egg yolk but it was so worth getting your hands dirty. It was here that I finally appreciated the bacon jam, it gave the fries a sweet, meaty and smoky dimension. We also got a Truffle Parmesan (P100) Skinny Fries (P45) but it was a bit lacking in flavor.
Irene does not like Onion Rings (P65) so I usually skip this, good thing my eating partner that night was a fan. The onion rings are dusted with barbecue powder so no toppings are needed. The batter is crunchy and the barbecue powder seasons it well.
We also ordered a couple of shakes, Salted Caramel (P150/12oz.) and Speculoos Cookie Butter (P220/12 oz.) for Richie. I loved my milkshakes but in hindsight we should have stuck to water or soda because we were way too full at the end.
Richie and I decided to share 3 burgers that we’ve never had at Burger Bar before.
The first to arrive was the Coney (P255) which uses the Big Game Blend (hanger and brisket). It has cheddar, tomatoes, coney chili and cheese sauce, crushed nachos and chopped jalapenos. I loved the nice spicy kick that the toppings add although they tend to overpower the patty’s flavor. I wished there were more crushed nachos since they added a nice textural element to the burger.
Next up was the Q Daddy (P295) makes use of the new OX Blend patty (flank, rib eye and ox tail). It is topped with bacon and onion strips, cheddar, lettuce, tomato and finished off with drizzles of jalapeno ranch and sweet spiced barbecue sauce. I loved the flavor of the ox tail in the patty, it added a a stronger beef taste but the abundant toppings were not really to my taste except for the bacon. Next time around I’ll just have the ox blend patty as is to enjoy the full flavors.
The last burger we had was the Franch (P295) which uses the same Ox blend as the Q Daddy. It just uses a brioche bun instead of the sesame bun and has gruyere, caramelized onions, ranch dressing, pickles, tomatoes and potato chips. I was not too fond of the potato chip element although it served the same purpose as the nachos in the Coney.
Kids and even adults should get a kick from the burger patty making process but ultimately its the finished product that’s important. 8 Cuts Burger Blends served some really delicious burgers. UP Town Center is a bit of a ways away especially with the dreaded Katipunan traffic but good thing 8 Cuts recently opened in SM Megamall’s Fashion Mall so I’m so near if I’m looking for some Coney.
You can check out 8 Cuts Burger Blends’ complete menu here.
8 Cuts Burger BlendsGround Floor, UP Town Center Katipunan Ave, 1105 Quezon City Telephone No.: 0917-818-2139; (02) 955-2264 Operating Hours: 11am to 11pm
Other Branches: 3/F SM Megamall Fashion Mall and Trinoma