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Todd English Food Hall Manila Review

If y’all don’t know, I run my mouth with no filter and I’m too honest for my own good. That’s why I got invited once again to dine at Todd English Food Hall after I ranted how disappointed I was when I dined there with my sister. A brief background on my dining experience here is my sister is now living on her own 2 hrs away from our place. With that, it’s been a month since I last seen her because while she goes home every weekend, I live with my boyfriend during weekend. So when I was recovering from my breast surgery last weekend, we decided to bond over a meal.

We’ve heard a lot of great things about Todd and to think that this restaurant has its flagship branch in New York makes it more appealing to me. Also, with the prices of their food I’m pretty sure that we’ll enjoy it.

 

U.S. hanger steak with bone marrow (590) with seared foie gras (350), Bronx Bomber flatbread (490), Rigatoni bolognese – not pictured (275) and OMG Dessert – not pictured (420) I want to pretend that I had a great time at this regal and trendy restaurant but I DID NOT. Was so excited to try Todd English Food Hall for the longest time and was convinced by my sister to finally try it. I haven’t seen her in a long time so I decided to treat her. Everything is a fail! The steak is very tough even if it’s cooked medium rare, the bone marrow was served cold that’s why it tasted like a wax or Sebo de Macho, the flatbread tasted worse than Lots’ A Pizza (considering this is their best seller), the pasta tasted okay, and the dessert is just liked crushed Milo. I don’t know why this is so overhyped. I sometimes think that people fake that they’re having a good time and raving the food just because they want to justify the price or they want people to think they’re cool lol. I should’ve trusted my instinct and just went for a Chickenjoy.

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As you can see, we didn’t.

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STEAK N’ MARROW – U.S. hanger steak with bone marrow Flavorful but tough. The marrow was served cold. PHP 590 but I added a seared foie gras which is PHP 350

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Forgot to take a photo of my sis’ pasta. (Photo (c) Inquirer.net) – She said it was just so-so. And yup, tried it and nothing extraordinary. PHP 275.00

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Bronx Bomber Flatbread (PHP 490) is bland and tastes just like a regular pepperoni pizza from Lots’ A Pizza LOL

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OMG chocolate dessert (PHP 420) is the only saving grace. It’s delicious the minute you dig your spoon in it but when the ice cream is melted, you are left with a warm ganache and crushed chocolate which is not that good anymore.

I paid for this dinner and it cost us PHP 2300+ for 2 pax which is expensive if you ask me. This is why I was so mad that I felt duped with the posts from celebrities and bloggers who are raving about this restaurant. I don’t care if you think that’s just 2 freaking thousand but that’s my money and I’m not born rich LOL. Surprisingly and a bit awkward, I was contacted by their marketing head asking me to pay them a visit once again with dinner and lunch on the house. Of course, I said YES. McDonalds could invite me for a free lunch and I’d gladly say yes. Duh, it’s free! I invited my friend, Sheena as a treat because she’s going to Bangkok that day and it’s been the longest time since I last met her. We asked for their manager, Mr. Stephen Roberts and he gladly accommodated us. Their staff named Rio suggested us what to try that he think we’ll like.

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Todd English Fig Iced Team (PHP 90)

Honey and cider taste. Refreshing! You can ask for lemon wedges like I did.

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Risotto Tater Tots (PHP 380) – Deep fried risotto poppers with aioli truffle cream sauce

Yup, basically rice wrapped in potato and crumbs. It was freaking good! Sheena and I we’re both “mmmmm”-ing. It is filling so calm your tits when eating this. I suggest asking more of the sauce because it wasn’t that good without sauce. I took the leftover home for my boyfriend and before he could eat it, I was raving that I really liked it. When he tried it, he was like “Uh, is this it?”. I took a bite and it’s not the same without the sauce which the staff forgot to include in my take home. 🙁

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Agnolotti Veal (PHP 590)

This one is delicious! I recommend that you try this if ever you’ll pay Todd a visit. Al dente pasta, yummy creamy sauce, and meaty filling. I also like the fact that the serving is perfect for one person because I’m the kind of girl that cringes when there’s leftover. LOL.

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Brooklyn Style Meatball Spaghetti (PHP 330)

Sheena, one of my most indecisive friends had a hard time choosing from their menu. If you’re a friend of mine, you’ll know that I’m the most decisive person on Earth and I can choose what to eat in 2 minutes. I felt bad that I literally looked her in her freaking eyes and tell her to speed up. She ordered a meatball spaghetti and I told her “For freaking reals? Spaghetti in a NY restaurant? We can buy that in Jollibee!” She told me that it’s fine because she wants to see how Todd is when it comes to a dish this basic. We’re glad that it was delicious! The meat is cooked and seasoned well, al dente pasta, and right amount of tomato sauce. I’m now starting to think that Todd has its edge on pasta dishes.

Truffle Fungi Flatbread (PHP 700)

Truffle Fungi Flatbread (PHP 700)

As Todd is proud with their flatbreads and many people seem to enjoy this, I don’t think I’ll be trying their flatbreads again. This one was better than the Bronx Bomber we tried on our first time here but this is not that fascinating, either. I can taste the smokey flavor of the truffle but it still lacks seasoning. We kept on adding salt & pepper and Tabasco sauce for it to improve on the flavor. I took the leftover home and surprisingly, my boyfriend liked it.

Boneless Angus Ribeye Steak with foie gras mousse (PHP 1500)

Boneless Angus Ribeye Steak with foie gras mousse (PHP 1500)

I’m a huge steak girl! No one can mess with my eyebrows and my steak because I get batshit crazy. This made me batshit crazy that I want to cry. So tough that I almost heard my jaw popping! There are parts that are super tender but more parts are tough and full of cartilage. I must say that steak is not their forte and you can skip this.

 

They have amazing desserts! Go check out their dessert selection because they have the coolest plating and presentation. I loved this one than the OMG because it has the right balance of temperature. We loved it!


 

VERDICT: 

First of all, I want to thank Todd’s marketing team, manager, and staff for valuing our opinion and for letting us try their food again. I find it really, really professional that none of them asked that I delete my previous harsh honest rant on my Instagram. They invited us not to clear out their name on social media but for us to just simply give it a chance and I appreciate that.

The second time is better than the first visit and I still recommend that you guys try out Todd English Food Hall Manila because they have amazing dishes that I’d want to try again.

It’s just a matter of hit and miss. Skip their steaks and flatbreads and 10/10 I’m recommending you to try their pasta dishes and desserts!

Let me know how you enjoyed your dining at Todd English Food Hall Manila!


Todd English Food Hall Manila

02 6214002

+63 9178633364

Bonifacio Global City

Fifth Floor, SM Aura Premier, C5 Corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

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