Find Incredible Pasta in an Unlikely Place (the Bar Behind 7-Eleven)
It is a well-known fact that the tiny 7-Eleven on 26th Street extends to a sprawling lounge. Bank Bar, the crown jewel of The Moment Group’s empire of restaurant chains, is a halfway house of sorts for retired partygoers who can no longer deal with the aftermath of late nights and have settled instead for earnest and lazy weeknight cocktails. Though it has proven time and again how it is a venerable space for great booze, its food is pretty special, too. After all, this is TMG, home of crispy sisig and impressive shawarma.
Pork and Shrimp Wontons, Jamon Iberico de Bellota, Chorizo Toast
The sisig, incidentally, is part of Bank Bar’s food menu. The beef shawarma rice, too. Bank Bar has the privilege of having its pick of food from its sibling establishments, but it does well on its own. There is hummus with roti, a light bite for a light drink as one waits for
Hummus and Roti
Bank Bar doesn’t inhibit its menu in terms of geography, too. There are shrimp wontons, crispy and packed with a good burst of salty flavor beneath the crispy shell, alongside kimchi pajeon, which is as spicy as it is addictive.
It is perhaps the unlikeliest of bar chow, however, that will lead you toward Bank Bar after work. Its fusilli is probably more fitting as a post-drink pick-me-up, but you'll eat it, nonetheless, before, after, during, and any hour of the day. Corkscrew pasta, so al dente and coated evenly with a light-tasting tomato sauce, is kept simple to leave room for the tasty seasoning of Italian sausage. It is impressive in both taste and texture and reminiscent of TMG’s long gone pizza and pasta restaurant Linguini Fini.
Fusilli with Italian Sausage
Two new cocktails have also joined the fray: Jason Nuqui’s Halleluya is a treacherously bright combination of
Halleluya and Tainted Love
Open from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., Bank Bar is at RCBC Savings Bank Corporate Center, 26th and 25th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.