Pound by Todd English Opens in Manila

From the people who brought us international food concepts like Tim Ho Wan and Todd English Food Hall comes Pound, Foodee Global Concepts’ newest spin-off. A collaboration with Chef Todd English, Pound is a casual-chic burger joint specializing in gourmet burgers—with their famous Crispy Chicken Burger at the forefront.

Inspired by the 1920’s speakeasy era, Pound boasts of stylish interiors while providing an old-school counter-style burger joint feel. The design and little details—from the beautiful arched entryways, rugged white brick walls, marble tables, and leather chairs to the wooden burger containers, brass glasses, and metal utensils—evokes the atmosphere of Todd English Food Hall Manila. The counter-style set up invites diners to watch how each burger is carefully assembled.

We were invited to try Pound before it officially opened to the public last Friday (February 5), and here I’ll tell you about a couple of things we loved about the restaurant. First, the menu is compact—making sure to highlight the burgers—but there’s a small selection of appetizers, sides, salads, and desserts as well. The Todd English Poutine (PhP180) is must-order—a heap of thin, crispy fries smothered with gravy, cheese, caramelized onions, and ground beef. I loved the subtlety of the gravy, with lends the dish just enough flavor and creaminess—not too overpowering and not too runny so as to transform your poutine into soup.

The Truffle Fries (PhP160) is just as delicious and appetizing, with hints of truffle oil in both fries and ketchup. I loved how the scent of truffle wafts into my nose every time I pop one piece into my mouth! A similar version in a slightly different form was the Truffle Risotto Tater Tots (PhP150/290).

Pound showcases an array of mouthwatering burgers and sliders—including the signature burger at Todd English—but I think everyone must try the special offering called Pound Burger (PhP999)—a hefty burger composed of house-ground beef patty topped with tomatoes, iceberg lettuce, caramelized onions, mustard relish, their special T.E. sauce, seared foie gras, and foie gras mousse, then sandwiched in a brioche bun. This was truly indulgent—the foie gras was simply divine and it elevated each bite (or forkful) of the burger into a creamy perfection. The patty was juicy and didn’t fall apart. Just look at that!

However, Pound prides itself more for its signature Crispy Chicken Burger (PhP225), which is another humongous sandwich with fried boneless buttermilk chicken thigh, T.E. sweet spice, pickled slaw, and cilantro aioli. The sauce introduces a spicy kick into the burger, which makes each bite more exciting. I have to say that I normally hate chicken burgers because most restaurants use bland meat, but Pound’s composition was totally delicious! It’s the best chicken burger I’ve tried so far!

Pound also offers a selection of homemade sundaes for desserts but I didn’t get to try any because I was so close to exploding, LOL! For drinks, Todd English Food Hall brought its delicious signature Iced Tea here. There’s Brew Kettle and Asahi as well as slushy beers, alongside a small wine list.

Foodee’s new concept is definitely a much-welcomed addition to the Manila burger arena, and Pound sits on one of the top tiers. The group plans to open a few more branches all over the metro in the coming months, so I have a feeling that their chicken burger will be the next craze. Pound certainly elevated the greasy burger joint into a stylish, epicurean experience, and I couldn’t wait to go back and sink my teeth into their juicy burgers once more.

----------------------- GREAT NEWS! -----------------------

From February 5 to 10, Pound is having a #PayWhatYouWant promo where in diners can pay whatever amount they like for any of their burgers or sliders except the Pound Burger. This promo is available from 11:00AM to 2:00PM and 6:00PM to 9:00PM, dine-in only and limited to 1 burger per person.

Pound by Todd English
B3, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Budget: around  PhP400/head (except if you’re getting the Pound Burger)

Do you love burgers? What do you think about this new burger place?

My meal was sponsored by Pound. All opinions, however, are my own.
Photos without the Pepe Samson watermark are owned by Pound by Todd English.

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