Monday, June 13, 2016

Todd English Food Hall





I've been wanting to pay Todd English Food Hall a visit for a long time now, but I never had the chance to until a few weeks back when Aldous invited the gang for his pre-birthday dinner.
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I immediately said yes! Finally, a excuse to drive down and dine at one of the most talked about restaurants in Manila - and for good reason!

Two years ago, Chef Todd English and Food Link Group collaborated to bring Todd English Food Hall to Manila. It's a huge deal, because there are only two places in the world where you can find it - here and New York. Aside from that, it's actually the first celebrity chef restaurant in the country!
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The Todd English Food Hall is a European-inspired specialty food hall that offers nine diverse culinary stations to satisfy the most discerning palettes. 

The nine stations that make up TEFH are the following: Cheese and Charcuterie, Sushi Bar, The Grill, Noodle and Dumpling Bar, Flatbread Pizza Bar, Pasta Bar, Ocean Grill and Oyster Bar, Wine Bar and Patisserie, and Taqueria.
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Since we were early, we took a tour of the 900-square meter food hall. The huge space reminds me of a fancy buffet restaurant, except at Todd English Food Hall, they only serve ala carte.
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Offering the finest food with freshest ingredients matched with impeccable service, The Todd English Food Hall definitely gives a delectable dining experience set in a stylish and convenient atmosphere.
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Here's what we had:

Frito Misto (P490)
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It didn't take long for this plate of deep fried calamari, shrimps, and oysters to disappear from our table. The seafoods used were fresh, the outsides were crispy, and the chipotle chorizo sauce it came with put it together perfectly.

Lobster Guacamole (P420)
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 Guacamole is a dip with ripe avocados, onions, salt, and lime juice. But for this dish, they also mixed in some tomatoes, cilantro, and lobster to enhance the flavor, then served it with their homemade crispy chips. It's basically the much fancier cousin of nachos. 
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Tuna Tartare (P350)
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I can never resist a good tuna tartare. Todd English Food Hall makes use of marinated sushi grade tuna paired with crispy marmalade shrimp and finished with scallion cream and spicy aioli. To be honest, I wouldn't mind if they took out the shrimp, so long as they give me more tuna. Haha! I probably could've finished an entire serving on my own if there weren't other dishes waiting to be eaten. :P

Simple Salad (P285)
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Spinach Salad (P290) 
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Between the two salads, I would go for the Spinach Salad since it contains more texture and flavor in it. It's a mix of fresh spinach, bacon balsamic dressing, cranberries, baby heirloom tomatoes, fried onion, and grilled peach. Make sure to mix it before serving though, as the balsamic dressing tends to set. The Simple Salad, on the other hand, is exactly as the name suggests - simple. It contains fresh mixed greens, grilled corn, baby heirloom tomato, shallot vinaigrette, and olive oil. There's really nothing unique about it, really, but it is a great alternative if you're not a fan of cranberries.

Next, we had the flatbreads. It was the station I was most excited to try because I read somewhere that their flatbreads are really popular in the United States.
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Chorizo and Shrimp (P650)
piquillo sauce, manchego cheese, chorizo, sexy scallions
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Fig and Prosciutto (P530)
fig jam, gorgonzola, rosemary, prosciutto, scallions
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Bronx Bomber (P490)
tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, caramelized onion, parmesan cheese, basil
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Truffle Fungi (P700)
truffle vinaigrette, mixed mushrooms, fontina, parsley
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My flatbreads ranking is as follows: (1) Chorizo & Shrimp, (2) Truffle Fungi, (3) Bronx Bomber, (4) Fig & Prosciutto. I know the Fig and Prosciutto is one of their top bestsellers, but I don't like figs very much, so I ranked it last.

Pork Dumplings (P199)
handmade asian dumplings; ponzu reduction
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One of my favorite Japanese dishes is gyoza, so when the server placed this on the table, I was the first to get a piece! Haha!
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Ponzu is a soy-based sauce with a citrusy flavor but surprisingly, it wasn't too salty nor sour. Their handmade dumplings has a light flavor even with the sauce, so it's not something that one will easily get sick of.

Seafood Diablo Orzo (P490)
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I thought orzo was a type of risotto, but apparently, it's pasta that's just shaped like rice grains. What I loved the most about this dish is its creamy consistency, so you really get to enjoy all that flavor in your mouth. It's spicy and sour at the same time and it's loaded with all sorts of seafood and tomato chunks! I'm trying to imagine this with spaghetti or fettuccine instead, but I don't think it would have the same impact as it did with orzo.
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Agnolotti Veal (P590)
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Agnolotti is pretty much the same thing as ravioli, except it's smaller. Inside, it contains veal (meat from young calves) which is more tender and has a milder flavor compared to beef. Overall, it's a creamy dish that will leave you wanting more!
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Brooklyn Style Meatball Spaghetti (P330)
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I honestly wasn't expecting much from this since spaghetti is a pretty common dish to have in any restaurant. But this exceeded my expectations - both the meatballs and sauce were really good. I'm not all that huge on Filipino style pasta which consists of sweet sauce. This reminded me more of authentic Italian pastas that have tomato chunks. Plus, they make their own pasta, so two thumbs up for that!


Miso Glaze Salmon (P520)
pan crisp salmon, miso glaze sauce
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Another dish that surprised me was this pan crisp salmon served with miso glaze sauce. A lot of restaurants don't offer fresh seafood so the fact that TEFH does means a lot. The salmon was juicy and had a sweet and salty flavor from the miso. Considering the price, I think the portion is reasonable. It's enough for one or two persons, more if you're planning to eat it with other dishes.
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Wagyu Fried Rice (P450)
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This arrived pretty late, but we didn't mind since it's a dish you can eat on its own. I'm glad it didn't come out too oily!
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The next three dishes, which are Steak N' Marrow, Lamb Chops, and T.E. Pork Chops, are just some of the mains at Todd English Food Hall.

Steak N' Marrow (P590)
U.S. hanger steak with bone marrow
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Lamb Chops (P910)
pea orzo, silky carrot puree, mint yogurt, lamb jus
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T.E. Pork Chop (P440)
48 hours brined chops served with French beans, marbled potato, sweet potato, and demi-glace sauce
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Among the three, my favorite has to be the pork chops! It was very tender due to the fact that it was brined for 48 hours. The steak was a good contender, but I found it more common. Lamb, on the other hand, has a strong, distinct flavor which I found that a lot of people do not like. I personally haven't decided if I'm on Team Lamb or not, but having the carrot puree and pea orzo made it more appealing for me.

When we were told that our dessert was almost ready, we were beyond excited! People talk about their desserts more than any of their other dishes, so we couldn't wait to finally try them out for ourselves!

Betty White
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The Bomb (P420)
homemade red velvet, ice cream cake, white chocolate dome, homemade graham cracker soil, and espresso cream
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OMG (P420)
lava cake, silky pudding, cereal crumble, chocolate gelato
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EVERYTHING was crazy good. I'm not even kidding. These desserts are the perfect way to spoil yourself or comfort a dear friend after a long day. I mean, why order beer when you can order dessert, right? Apologies for my poor attempt at creating a GIf, I was holding my phone's flashlight on my other hand while I was taking these photos.
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Todd English Food Hall is located at the Fifth Floor, SM Aura Premier, C5 corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
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56 comments:

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  1. The food looks so yummy. I have always wanted to try eating there. I love their concept which not common. I wish they have a branch here in Singapore

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    1. Or better yet, come to the Philippines! Haha!

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  2. All that looks amazing! It's funny because actually I live in NYC but I've never been to the Todd English Food Hall. I would love to eat that amazing looking OMG! I would also love the Bronx Bomber flatbread--the Bronx Bombers are the nickname for our baseball team the New York Yankees!

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    1. That's probably because you're out traveling the world!! But yes, do try to visit the one in New York! I'll watch out for your post on it :P

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  3. I am a little confused. The serving size on the photos are not the same as the actual serving size right?

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    1. I'm pretty sure it's the same. Why? Did you get smaller portions?

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    2. No, I have not visited. It's just on the photos, some of the food, parang small ang portion?

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    3. Ah, medyo. I think it's because of the ingredients. Like the veal and the tuna, but everything's good to share naman :)

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  4. Holy cow you just made me so hungry! All the food looks incredible! I especially want to try the tuna tartare and the truffle funghi pizza! I will have to check this out one day! Thanks for sharing and making me hangry!

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    1. I hope you meant hungry, because if this made you hungry ANd angry, then I'm sorry! I hope you've had your fill!

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  5. All this looks just yummmy! I need to visit this place one day! Lovely photos ;-))

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  6. Because I have a sweet tooth I would demolish Betty White in 5 seconds flat. What a great food hall!

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    1. Hi Ana! I love that you used the word "demolish" haha!

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  7. Oh my gosh everything looks so good!!! I really need to go to this place one day, Im in New York soon I should check it out!

    http://xoxobella.com

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    1. Hi Bella! Please do a post about it when you do! Enjoy your trip!

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  8. Todd English Food Hall looks like a paradise. Haha. Love the interior, the details and the food. the Tuna Tartare is a winner! :)

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    1. Totally! That tuna tartare is THE best! Thanks, Jessica!

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  9. wow this place looks amazing. I've never heard of this place before.

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    1. We're pretty lucky they decided to open in the Philippines!

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  10. Omg all the dishes look sooooooooo delicious! Yummm

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    1. Hi, Kenia! They taste better than they look! :)

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  11. You did a good job convincing me to try this resto thru your photos. Would love to try wagyu fried rice, miso glaze salmon and seafood diablo

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  12. This looks absolutely delish! I'm reserving a visit to this place for a special occasion.

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    1. Yes, I absolutely guarantee you'll have a marvelous time, Louisa! :)

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  13. That looks amazing! I hope they set up a vegan station one day, I'm going to be the first one to order.

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    1. Hi Marta! They have salads on the menu, but yeah, I don't think they have a specific station for it. :)

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  14. Photo by photo; this food looks amazing! So delicious in a calm and nice place where you will have a good time!

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  15. The food here looks delicious! I gave up meat over a month ago but would still be able to eat the fish dishes - frito misto is my favourite.

    Rosie | www.rosieromance.com

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    1. Wow, I can't imagine giving up meat, so kudos to you! But yes, I'm sure they have lots of other dishes you could try, Rosie :)

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  16. I bet you didn't eat all of that, it's so much food. But it all looks so good, maybe you did have a little but of everything! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hi Yev! I think there were ten of us sharing this feast! It was amazing!

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  17. Everything looks delightful. My mouth was watering. If I every go that way, I'll do my best to pay it a visit, tool.

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    1. I hope you meant cool, Ashley! Haha! :P

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  18. It's awesome that you were able to visit. The food hall sounds so cool! Everything looked way too good!

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    1. It was! I love attending events like these and getting to try new dishes!

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  19. Those meals look really tasty and the atmosphere looks fabulous too. Thanks for sharing !

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  20. Oh my that calamari looks so good will definitely be visiting

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    1. Hi, Constance (I love your name, by the way!) Yes, please do! =)

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  21. All the pictures look really nice and I especially like the shrimps. Yummy

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  22. Everything looks so appetizing! I'd love to try some of the dishes here.

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  23. I like the place, it's looks very relaxed like a great place to hang out in. The food looks incredible! My favorite will always be dessert!

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    1. Same. There's always room for dessert!

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  24. I have scrolled up 10+ times to try and pick a favourite but everything looks amazing! I would definitely order the lobster guacamole first and your gif of the chocolate desert looks unreal. Amazing post!!

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    1. Hahaha! Hi Kerry! Thank you so much! :D

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  25. Amazing! Everything looks delicious!

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  26. The staff here is actually competent and friendly, unlike other places with their pretentious staff guys. The Seattle Venues were magnificent and modern, and the seating was comfy. Truly, the food was heavenly and as a visitor I am glad for finding this one.

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    1. This is in the Philippines, but thanks :)

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  27. This looks AMAZEBALL! Thanks for sharing an in-depth experience of yours at Todd English Food Hall! It had been my goals to try it out since it's opening but the visit never happened, ever! Pfft! However, I've found myself a partner in crime to try this food heaven out this Friday! YAY!

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    1. Hi!!! I'm so excited for you! The food is indeed amazeballs! I hope you get the same awesome experience as I did. Let me know how it goes!!

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