Chances are you’ve seen the Asian Food Channel (AFC) a number of times, especially if your home has a cable TV subscription. This Singapore-based food channel features culinary shows hosted by a number of popular chefs in Southeast Asia and around the world. Here are some familiar Asian personalities that have appeared in AFC shows, to jog your memory:
- Sarah Benjamin – Cooking For Love
- Chef Marinka (Maria Irene Susanto) – Wonderful Indonesia Flavours
- Chef Wan (Redzuawan Ismail) – Sajian
- Ili Sulaiman – Ili’s Tiffin Diaries
- Chef Bob (Shahrizal Salleh) – Chef Skuter
- Kumar (Kumarason Chinnadurai) – Rusiyo Rusi
- Martin Yan – Martin Yan’s Hidden China
Meanwhile, a few international chefs from outside the region had their own shows aired on AFC – reaching Southeast Asian viewers. Some of these personalities from outside Asia include:
- Michael Smith – Chef at Home
- Reza Mahammad – Reza, Spice Prince of Vietnam
- Anna Olson – Bake with Anna Olson
- Emmanuel Stroobant – Chef in Black
- the late Anthony Bourdain – Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
- Gordon Ramsay – Hell’s Kitchen
- Tina Nordstrom – New Scandinavian Cooking
- the late Charlie Trotter – The Kitchen Sessions with Charlie Trotter
- Todd English – Food Trip with Todd English
I’ve seen most of these shows, but only around one or two of these personalities from both lists have been to the Philippines. Anna Olson usually does cooking demos in Eastwood Mall whenever she visits, but she hasn’t opened up a bakery of sorts yet here in the Philippines. Todd English, however, is another story…so do read on.
Pound by Todd English is the second dining establishment set up by the American celebrity chef here in the Philippines. This follows the success of Todd English Food Hall, located at SM Aura in Taguig. Whereas the food hall serves different dishes, Pound by Todd English has a menu centering on gourmet burgers and sliders. In fact, this was a spin-off of the food hall’s burger station! The Eastwood Mall branch is one of the newly-opened locations out of their six branches so far, replacing the old Potts Point Cafe. A word of advice; don’t dine here on the 15th and 30th of every month as a lot of employees in the area visit this restaurant for payday splurges.
Pound by Todd English follows a rather uniform design scheme in all its branches. Classy black and gray, wooden accents, and wire frame arches remind one of 1920s speakeasies. I’ve seen Pound by Todd English‘s branch at Bonifacio High Street and it’s a location that comes close to where a speakeasy should be located and how it should look like. This scheme, coupled with brass mugs and marble tabletops, contributes to a sophisticated feeling whenever you dine. They also light tea candles to provide additional intimacy while dining. This would have been better if they used citronella candles to achieve a twofold purpose: getting rid of the occasional pesky insects and introducing a pleasant aroma to the diner.
As I mentioned earlier, burgers and sliders are the centerpiece of Pound by Todd English‘s menu. However, one shouldn’t be limited by this – not to mention the fact that some of their items are rather expensive. Pound by Todd English has a bunch of other menu items to accompany their signature offerings. As of this typing, they have a $1 Deal Promo in which some of their favorites can be availed for the price of a dollar (around P50) for the entire month of April. In addition, they also have the Todd English Combo Deal Promo where you can avail of a slider, an order of fries, and a drink for that amount.
I’ll stop here and let the rest of my pictures show you what to expect at Pound by Todd English:
Elevate your burger experience at Pound by Todd English. Do visit the Todd English PH Facebook page and Pound by Todd English’s Instagram profile to know more about them and to stay abreast with their latest promotions.
Until the next review, bon appetit.
Pound by Todd English
2/F Veranda, Eastwood Mall,
Eastwood City, Bagumbayan,
Libis, Quezon City 1110