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TODD ENGLISH FOOD HALL: European Style Food Hall Opens in Manila

t.e. half chicken

Opening Hours: Mondays to Sundays, 11:00am – 10:00pm
Location: 5th Floor, Skypark, SM Aura Premier, McKinley Parkway Taguig City
For Reservations: 632-621-4002
Official Website: www.theplazany.com‎
Email: toddenglishfoodhallmnl@gmail.com
Facebook: Todd English Food Hall Manila
Twitter: @TEfoodhallMNL
Instagram: toddenglishfoodhallMNL

Todd English Food Hall Manila MENU

From the concourse level at The Plaza Hotel in New York, celebrity chef Todd English from Boston Massachusetts, best known for his restaurant Olives, brings his ala carte, food hall concept and dining experience here in the Philippines!

Todd English Food Hall Manila

Just like Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver, Todd English is one of the celebrity chefs whose P.U.B restaurant in Las Vegas has been crowned a spot in the Culinary Hall of Fame.

The opening of Todd English Food Hall Manila helms many firsts in the Philippine food industry. Todd English Food Hall Manila is an ala carte dining experience, not as it appears, a buffet. It is the “first” to offer this type of concept that makes the dining experience enjoyable. As the cuisine is reminiscent of The Plaza Food Hall in New York City, there are 9 food stations in this hall in Manila as well:

The Nine Stations of Todd English Food Hall Manila

  • 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
  • Taqueria

While the dining concept of a food hall is indeed the first of its kind in the country, I was expecting a bit more like Marche Restaurants in Singapore, where the customers order the dishes from the menu in the stations and pay after they have eaten. This in itself is more of a European style marketplace.

(Read more about my review for Marche Restaurants Singapore to compare how the mechanics in this restaurant goes.)

Secondly, Todd English is the first celebrity chef to open a restaurant here in the country. I hope this encourages more of the likes of Wolfgang Puck of Cut, Mario Battali of Osteria Mozza and Emeril Lagasse of Nola to invest in the Philippines! (We also have Robert De Niro’s Nobu restaurant coming soon at the City of Dreams Manila.)

Of course, this wouldn’t have been possible without veteran restaurateurs Rikki Dee of Inihaw Express and Eric Dee of the Food Link Group, the owners of popular Mesa, Kai, Cerveceria, Crocodile Grill and Mangan.

(Look out: They are set to open Tim Ho Wan in Manila soon!)

My Todd English Food Hall Experience

In general, Todd English Food Hall’s brick and mortar is spectacular and worth a visit. The cupcake ferris wheel is quite iconic too.

Todd English Food Hall Manila

Best Place to Sit: Communal Dining Area

Everything from the marble table tops to the Todd English memorabilia and cookbooks in shelves are as much as possible made to be as familiar as the one in New York, though I recall, The Plaza Food Hall setup designed by Jeffrey Beers was more artisanal, and less of a commercial restaurant appeal. Here, Todd English Food Hall is more open space and quick access. If I may boldly say, both works well for any consumer, but my guess the setup is less confusing and tailored for the PH market.

With a 900 square meter area, Todd English Food Hall allows you to seat in typical dining tables, sushi bar, wine bar, low ceiling seats “The Cove”, or at a communal dining area. Todd English also has a 50 seater private function room at the second floor where you can hold your family gatherings and celebrations.

Todd English Food Hall Manila

I love this concept of a communal dining area, where my group was actually seated. You might have a chance to share with another group of customers, but sharing is love! I’m glad I agreed to be seated here as it’s a very dining experience to what I’m accustomed to.

Cheese and Charcuterie: Fresh Caesar Salad

Todd English Food Hall Manila

Fresh greens for Todd English’s Caesar Salad is a great way to start your Todd English dining experience. The serving size is just right too.

Todd English Food Hall Manila

Todd English Signature Classic Flatbread Pizza

“Never trust a round pizza” – Todd English

Todd English Food Hall Manila

Todd English’s classic flatbread pizza is delicious, down to the mozzarella cheese and fresh tomatoes!

Todd English Food Hall Manila

Except it was a bit burnt on the edges of the crust. I had it returned in the kitchen after tasting one slice, then no more than 5 minutes it was returned to my table. It was funny they had to cut the sides to remove the burnt parts. Smart move!

Commentary: Todd English management commented that their signature flatbread pizzas are burnt to add more depth and deeper flavors to the dish. In itself, this is a Todd English signature.

Todd English Food Hall Manila

Pasta Station: Todd English Brooklyn Style Spaghetti Polpetini

Todd English pasta station is powered by a handmade Emiliomiti Nina pasta machine from Italy built especially for Todd English, one of the only three machines existing in the world. (One in The Plaza, Olives in Boston, Massachusetts, and here in the Philippines) Thus they create their pastas fresh made from Italian OO Flour that is medium in protein.

Todd English Food Hall Manila

Todd English’s spaghetti was a bit overcooked in my opinion. The tomato sauce was generous and delicious, and could have been fantastic, similar to my experience at Jamie Oliver, but this was a slight amiss. The “polpetini” or tiny meatballs has very succulent meat.

Todd English Food Hall Manila

Tip from Candid Cuisine: It’s not in the menu, but you can order the Black Truffle Rigatoni pasta, available in limited supplies only!

Pasta Station: Papardelle Pomodoro

papardelle pomodoro

Todd English’s Papardelle Pomodoro was a better option over the Brooklyn Style Polpetini. You can taste the pasta prowess of Todd English here, in its long, Papardelle-style pasta (wide and long) with toasted garlic, tomato, basil, and whipped ricotta cheese. I love the taste of whipped ricotta, which adds great dimension to your usual Pomodoro. (And of course, this is coming from a cheese lover.)

Noodles and Dumpling Bar: Todd English Chicken Dumplings

Todd English Food Hall Manila

Surprisingly, Todd English’s in house Chicken Dumplings was very delicious. This is now my favorite among all the dumplings and gyozas I ever ate! I wasn’t expecting them to nail this but the dumpling was very tender and the chicken flavors cut through as you bite. Curry flavor is glazed subtly atop the dumpling, making it spicy and peppery in taste. I didn’t even need to dip it in soy as it’s already that flavorful.

I assume the dumpling wrapper is also made using the high quality custom made pasta machine.

On side note, I like the plating for this. It’s appealing to the fresh ingredients that Todd English wants to be known for.

Todd English Food Hall Manila

I was also able to try the Dumplings soup (sorry, there are no photos!) and the soup was unbelievably flavorful, with a few noodles sitting at the bottom. The Dumplings Soup had pork dumplings instead of chicken and it was also equally delicious.

Sushi Bar: Todd English Dynamite Roll

Todd English Food Hall Manila

Likewise, I wasn’t expecting Todd English’s Dynamite Roll to be delicious. It was crunchy on the outside and very flavorful on the inside.

Todd English Food Hall Manila

Sushi Bar: Todd English Tempura Roll

tempura roll

Versus the Dynamite Roll, I am now the fan of Tempura Roll, that’s stuffed with a generous serving of kani that’s stuffed in it. It was a bit heavy in the stomach though.

Grill: Todd English T.E. Slider

Todd English Food Hall Manila

Made from freshly home ground 4-cut meat burger pattie and topped with tomatoes, iceberg lettuce, mustard relish and T.E. special sauce in a homemade brioche bun, T.E. Slider is a great way to enjoy your burgers. The meat is really pure meat. In fact, I noticed their T.E. Slider is cheaper than Chili’s.

Todd English Food Hall Manila

By the way, I am wondering why we were only served three out of the four sliders I see on their Instagram account. (I dined here the second time, and I was still served with three out of four sliders.)

The Grill: Todd English T.E. Pork Chop

Todd English Food Hall Manila

Todd English’s Pork Chop hits the right spot. This thick slab of double boned frenched pork chops have been brined for 2 days!

Todd English Food Hall Manila

I like that it is pure lean meat, and less of fat ~ and that squash puree later on mixed with demi-glace sauce gives it a sweet kick that puts other steak sauces to shame.

Todd English Food Hall Manila

You can opt to add a Bone Marrow on the side for only P200.

UPDATE: My second try at Todd English’s Pork Chop was phenomenal. Instead of being served with two chops, I was served with a thick, and I mean really thick, portion of the pork chop slab. I thought it would be hard to chew, but the technique of brining it for 48 hours made all the difference.

todd english pork chop

Slicing it and you can see how perfectly cooked and marbled the pork chop is. The demi-glace and the squash puree once again didn’t disappoint. It was consistent, and this time they added some cranberries. It gave a sweet flavor, cutting through the chop that is, hands down, the best pork chop I’ve ever tasted.

todd english pork chop

The Grill: T.E. Half Chicken

t.e. half chicken

Like the T.E. Pork Chop, the T.E. Half Chicken has been brined for a good 24 hours time. Sitting on a bed of mango vinaigrette, with sauteed corn, tomato and edamame, this boneless half chicken spells tender and extremely good to taste. It was a bit red on the inside, but the mango vinaigrette tames the chicken, one of the best main entrees to order at Todd English Food Hall.

Coffee: Lavazza Americano

Todd English Food Hall Manila

Of course, I had to drown everything else with a cup of Lavazza Americano. I was feeling sleepy afterwards after all the food! I was too full to eat dessert, though their OMG dessert was sorely tempting. Need to count the calories!

But everything was great, so far as my experience goes. With its reasonable price points that is very competitive, one of a kind experience and delicious, decent dishes that is fit for any family, don’t miss dining at Todd English Food Hall. Todd English Food Hall has just been opened in less than a month and we have to understand that misses in customer service are just as expected. There’s loads of improvements that need to be achieved, but other than that, Todd English Food Hall Manila has been quite a success.

Be sure to come early to have a seat as the queues can be quite long. They don’t take reservations in the meantime as their booking is full. We now have two blockbuster restaurants in the same area at SM Aura: Todd English Food Hall and Ramen Nagi Manila.

Trivia: Todd English is also the official chef of Delta Airlines.

Have you tried Todd English Food Hall? Share your favorite dishes on Candid Cuisine!

TODD ENGLISH FOOD HALL MANILA Rating:

Taste and Originality: (3.5 / 5)
Customer Experience: (3.5 / 5)
Value for Money: (3.5 / 5)
Brick and Mortar: (3.5 / 5)
Average: (3.5 / 5)
Vhalerie Lee
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