24 March 2014

A Gastronomic Treat Awaits: Todd English Food Hall opens its first branch outside New York City in Manila!

Bringing an immense excitement to the culinary scene this month is the opening of the newest dining destination at the 5th floor of the SM Aura Premier Sky Park.  A brainchild of multi-awarded celebrity chef Todd English, diners can now enjoy the feel of New York City and its authentic international flavors.

Chef Todd English and The Rikki Dee Group collaborated to bring the first and only celebrity chef restaurant in the Philippines - The Todd English Food Hall.  With this, The Todd English Food Hall will definitely set a new standard in the ever growing culinary scene of Manila.

The Todd English Food Hall is a European-inspired specialty food hall that offers nine diverse culinary stations to satisfy the most discerning pallettes.  Offering the finest food with freshest ingredients matched with impeccable service, Todd English Food Hall definitely gives a delectable dining experince set in a stylish and convenient atmosphere.

Chef Todd English, Me and his son, Oliver

Presenting a posh ala carte dining experience where guests sit down and order from any of the stations, diners at Todd English Food Hall can enjoy mouth-watering dishes starting from the Pasta Station where an extensive and delicious selection of fresh pastas and tasty pasta sauces are offered.  Sample some of Todd English's flatbreads at the Pizza Station or order from The Grill if you're looking for some sear and sizzle - some of the award winning dishes like the burgers, made-to-order carved meat sandwiches and roast chicken are all here along with the succulent prime rib.
Indulge your cravings for Asian food at the Asian Station where a wide selection of fried noodles, noodle soups and homemade steamed and seared dumplings awaits with Asian fried rice selections.  Showcasing the best of the sea, the Raw Bar has the freshest Maine lobsters, oysters, clams, shrimps and more.  Sushi lovers can also enjoy their favorite Japanese cuisine prepared by a Master Sushi Chef at the Sushi Bar.  Cap off a great meal with delicious desserts at The Dessert and Bread Bar.  The homemade ice creams will surely tickle any sweet tooth's fancy. 

The Todd English Hall also offers great options of homemade salad mixes and dressings, some farmstead and artisan cheeses as well as salamis, pancetta and chorizos at the Salad and Charcutterie section.  Diners will also be treated to experience the world's finest and most exquisite wines and cocktails from an award-winning master mixologist.
The 900-square meter space is a replica of the New York outfit designed by locally acclaimed designer Ivy Almario and team.  The global architecture is reflected in mosaic marble floors, elegant wood paneling, ceramic backdrops and stained-glass windows.  Its sleek, state-of-the-art appeal certainly adds to the overall dining experience.

With your favorites exquisitely sprawled across the counters, The Todd English Food Hall promises you a dining experience with a wide variety of tempting taste sensations.  Visit the newly opened Todd English Food Hall to indulge your taste buds and refresh yourself the delicious way!

Here are some photos at the private pre-opening launch of Todd English Food Hall in Manila
(photos below are taken for www.tinavilla.com):
Todd English Food Hall Manila

Chef Todd English works behind the counter

My favorite spot in the restaurant is this table by the retail area which has a bit of privacy...

...and has this wall of different wines as a divider from the other sections of the restaurant

Here are some of the ingredients/food items you'll find at the retail area
(read: things to bring home or give to foodie friends as gifts):

Todd English Food Hall's Matcha Green Tea Sea Salt and Granulated Honey

Brooklyn Hard Candy in Cinammon and Wild Strawberry

Brooklyn Hard Candy in Peppermint and a Home Cook Book by Todd English

Organic Herbs and Spices for Indian and Mexican Cuisine

Some of the food served at the pre-opening launch.  I wasn't able to take photos of all the food we sampled but I do remember that we were served eight different courses.

Healthy salad greens

Todd English signature sliders

Tuna and Salmon Steak

Asada Steak Taco with Pear Salsa

This chocolate dessert is the bomb!
You should not leave without trying this dish, hands down best chocolate dessert I've tried!

Father and son teams:  Todd English and his son Oliver and Eric Thomas Dee (Managing Director of Concetti Globali Inc./Todd English Food Hall Manila) and his dad, Rikki Dee

The Dee Family with Chef Todd English and his son, Oliver

Seated top row from left to right: Beng Dee (wife of Rikki Dee), Kidd (wife of Eric Thomas Dee), Oliver English (son of Todd English), Chef Todd English, China (youngest daughter of Beng and Rikki) and Erica (also Beng and Rikki's daughter).  Bottom row from left to right: Eric Dee, Jr. and Eric Thomas Dee (sons of Beng and Rikki) and Rikki Dee

Todd English Food Hall is located at the 5th Floor, SM Aura Premier Sky Park and officially opens on Tuesday, March 25, 2014.  Bring your friends and family and try Todd English Food Hall's delicious food offerings!

Thank you Mr. Eric Thomas Dee, Managing Director of Concetti Globali, Inc. (Todd English Food Hall Manila) for inviting me to the pre-opening launch of Todd English Food Hall Manila.  Congratulations!

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