New Restaurant Alert: POUND at Bonifacio Global City
SPOT.ph gives you an exclusive first look at this Todd English-approved burger place.
(SPOT.ph) Burgers. Whether it's a charmingly lank sandwich from a sidewalk cart or it's a fancy overloaded giant that requires a knife and fork, this stackable dish never loses its appeal. POUND by Todd English is just another reason why burgers never go out of style. Heck, this burger place is style.
POUND is sort of like the superstar that has become so huge, it would only be unfair to hold it back. "We felt that the burger station at [Todd English Food Hall] was getting a lot of buzz, especially our chicken burgers," says Foodee Global Concepts' Eric Dee. Foodee Global Concepts is responsible for bringing in not just The Plaza's chef-driven food hall, but also Tim Ho Wan, Mesa, and more. POUND is their collaboration with the celebrity chef.
The seemingly narrow entryway
Those brass mugs really set the look.
Seating farther in
Marble details on the tables
Their small area in Bonifacio Global City takes its cue from the '20s Prohibition era. Gorgeous arches stretch from under the high ceiling while distressed white bricks cover the walls. Tiny lanterns cast a warm glow over the unfinished details, exposed metal, and brass drinkware that come together for an exquisite, almost-industrial look. The restaurant's narrow space stretches all the way to the back of the building, and with the bar on one side, it gives you the feeling of being inside a fancy train bar car.
When it comes to the burgers, you'd expect the fancy kind here—either massive with a hunk of steak in the middle or tiny with some hard-to-find magic ingredient. The burgers at POUND, however, range from P155 to P280. Yes, the quality is uncompromising, but the prices are even more compelling. It's fine-dining, reshuffled.
Crispy Chicken Sliders
One extra special creature is the Pound Burger (P999), where 50 grams of foie gras plus foie gras mousse find their way between house-ground beef patty, caramelized onions, crispy onions, mustard relish, iceberg lettuce, and tomato. But you certainly don't need to go all out in search of flavor. The T.E. Crispy Chicken Sliders (P195) is worth your attention, too. Spicy juices sputter out from underneath the crispy batter when you bite into the burger. It's nice, moist meat, which we suspect is thigh because you won't find juiciness like that elsewhere—or it could just be the brining, which they do for 24 patient hours. Kimchi glaze paints a more sophisticated kind of heat, one that's slightly tart. This slider doesn't loaf around, and you'll be glad they come in pairs for more convenient sharing.
Foodee's Kidd Dee senses our feelings. "Offering smaller burgers," she says, "makes it easier for customers to try more things."
Truffle Risotto Tater Tots
Tempura French Beans
You can go easy on the burgers all you want, but you have to try the sides. The Truffle Risotto Tater Tots (P150/five pieces, P290/10 pieces) offers a new way to enjoy this revered carb (and the truffle shines through quite nicely), but it's the Tempura French Beans that has us wanting to eat our vegetables, especially when dipped in their signature aioli.
Pickles (P90) find new fulfillment in being fried to wonderful soft chips. POUND is not the first in the country—let alone the world—to introduce pickles to a deep fryer, but their thicker batter develops an interesting fluffy texture that mimics mozzarella. The pickles are a joy to eat and the sauce only emphasizes its natural tartness. It seems rather unfair to the burger if you don't enjoy it with some of these delicious discs.
Foodee Global Concepts isn't through giving their numerous dishes a turn under the spotlight. "We decided to do POUND as our first spin off with HOOK, Lobster Pound, T.E.quila, and Ceviche coming soon!" shares Eric. Exciting times are ahead, but until then...could we have another chicken slider?
Pound is at Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City. It opens to the public on February 5.