New York City’s Todd English Food Hall Now Open in SM AuraMay 11, 2019
Multi-awarded Chef Todd English has recently brought over his lauded Food Hall from New York City to Manila. Last March 27, English opened up his first ever restaurant here in the Philippines, a second branch of his Food Hall from the United States. Located at the SM Aura Premier SkyPark, it’s interiors are a replica of the original New York establishment.
Different sections of the restaurant offer not only different dishes but entirely different cuisines.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking of the Todd English Food Hall as a buffet or a common food court like the ones we’re familiar with in our local malls. The restaurant draws inspiration from European food markets, with different sections offering not only different dishes but entirely different cuisines. The concept might take some getting used to for some, but there’s really no reason to be intimidated or confused. Todd English wanted to keep things casual, as he considers the Food Hall a family-style restaurant.
“It’s really inspired by all of our travels to Asia and the different parts of Europe wherein they did have these food markets that combined different cuisines in a very casual style.” explains the son of Todd English, Oliver.
The 800 square-meter space has plenty of seating available for guests, with a mezannine you can reserve for big group gatherings. The restaurant has nine separate stations that offer its own type of food. There’s the Pasta Station, the Pizza Station, the Grill, the Asian Station, the Raw Bar, the Sushi Bar, the Dessert bar, the Salad and Charcutterie section, and the Wine and Tapas Bar. There’s something for almost every palate and an answer for almost every craving.
Their beef, oysters, and crustaceans are flown in daily.
The Food Hall features what Chef Todd English calls “a perfect mix of food,” inspired by the best Japan, China, Mexico, America, and Europe has to offer. According to Managing Director Eric Dee, the dishes are made with only the freshest ingredients. Their beef, oysters, and crustaceans are flown in daily from different parts of the world. Don’t expect anything bought locally in a store here, even their flour is imported from Italy.
“We don’t want you to get bored!” assures Chef Todd English. He wants their menu to remain exciting for the long haul. For Dee, the flexibility of the Food Hall’s set-up also means that they can create specials for different stations regularly, while still keeping true to the Todd English authenticity.
A pasta-pizza combo can go for as low as PHP 500.
As for their prices, the menu caters both to customers who can afford to spend a bit as well as those who really want to splurge. A pasta-pizza combo can go for as low as PHP 500, but their menu also carries one of the most expensive pizzas in the Philippines. For Dee, that’s part of the beauty of the Food Hall.
The restaurant also has a little retail section that sells an eclectic mix of items exclusively for the Todd English Food Hall. They have a home beer brewery set, Todd English spices and seasoning, and even special hard candy. The items are all imported from New York.
For Todd English, branching out to Manila is an opportunity to “blend of world cuisine with local inspiration.” It’s his hope that guests who choose to dine in the Food Hall come away with the same appreciation for food that inspired him to create his restaurant in the first place.