It was my youngest sibling’s birthday and she had requested we go to The Food hall by Todd English. According to my brother, this place has peaked their interest every time they had walked past it since it opened. So we made it a date. My siblings and my family.
The Food Hall by Todd English, is a restaurant based originally in New York city, in The Plaza Hotel. It is a European inspired specialty food hall with nine diverse food stations. Ranging from: Wine Bar, Cheese & Charcuterie, Pizza, Taqueria, The Grill, Sushi Bar, Pasta Bar, Noodle & Dumpling Bar and Ocean Grill & Oyster Bar. It is not a food court or buffet, it is a collective of nine live food stations, which cook your ordered food freshly to your table.
The second branch opened in Manila March 2014, in SM Aura at BGC. It is a large restaurant with a theme of black and orange decor, with high ceilings that spread to 900sqm. According to other bloggers online, the best seats in the house is near the Macaroon wheel, which is located on the back right hand corner, from the entrance.
View from the back of the restaurant
T.E. half chicken
Smoked salmon caviar spaghetti
Chicken crispy slider
The food hall by Todd English bar
Fresh pasta bar
With the celebrant
Happy Birthday to my little sister
Place/Time:The time we visited The Food Hall by Todd English was on a weekday on a rainy day. We did not reserve a table for 5, we simply walked in and asked for a table. We did not have to wait and was seated instantly.
Ambiance:The instant reception of the venue is that, it is large. Airy with high ceilings, very New York-esque with bright and dark interiors, founded with marbled flooring. It has nine live food stations, all specialising in their own area like pastas, seafood or grill.
Food:Food was fresh and delicious. The ingredients looked their optimum best and arrived in their own timing. The menu was comfort food made in a more elegant manner, not too big for their servings. Good to share if needed, but was enough for one if necessary.
Occasion:I mostly witnessed people spending a special occasion in this place (as it is not cheap), I also saw people casually just having lunch. We were celebrating a birthday (even asked for a birthday plate on short notice, and was entertained by this request). Meetings may also suit the venue, and even gatherings with the extended family is possible, as they have a lot of long tables.
Service:I remember service to be easy-going and amicable, entertaining all our requests on short notice. Like a table for 5 without any reservation and a birthday plate short notice, on arrival. A group of waiters even sang Happy Birthday to her, to make her feel special. I also saw the managers/supervisors attending to tables, as they did to ours. Drinks came out quickly and the food arrived without any mistakes.
Pricing: For 3 adults and 2 children, we spent approximately Php5,000-Php6,000, including drinks and service charge.
Contact Info:The Food Hall by Todd EnglishAddress: 5/F SkyPark, SM Aura Premiere, Bonifacio Global City, TaguigTelephone: +632 621 4002
Website: http://www.theplazany.com/dining/the-todd-english-food-hall/Store Hours: 10am – 10pm, Monday to Sunday
The Food Hall by Todd English brings a lot to the table, that is not necessarily a good thing as it feels there is no focus. Mixture of too many flavours in such a grand space can feel overwhelming and convoluted. I guess I am not his target market. Personally, I would not have chosen to try The Food Hall by Todd English, but it was overall a good experience (the food tasted good and the service matched their service charge). Plus the little sister’s request had to be granted for her birthday, which was the most important goal of that day. I give this experience 4 Katrina hearts out of 5.