Innovation above tradition—this is what Chef Josh Boutwood, also the chef behind The Helm, Savage and Test Kitchen, have dreamed of when he was just first visualizing the now open My South Hall. It is not just your typical food hall. It is designed to excite the palate of its clients from the variety of food choices available in all its eight (8) upscale stalls, which can be served to you in one sitting. It also made the world borderless from the choices of food served there, which can be traced to Italian, American, Chinese, Taiwanese, Korean and Japanese origin.
The hall can cater up to 250 persons, which also has the privilege to enjoy the place’s modern interior design evident from the combination of bright colors and semi-industrial fixtures. It was officially opened to public last October 17, and is located at the ground floor of S Maison, Marina Way Corner Seaside Boulevard, Mall of Asia Complex.
We manage to savor the food and drinks offered there, and here are what we think about the food served in the hall:
This stall literally invites you to eat (tabemashou means let’s eat) the Japanese-inspired menus such as tempura, meat skewers, tori maki, wagyu cubes, sushi, and sashimi. My personal favorite is tori maki which also comes with an avocado as a side.
All of the menu are cooked and prepared using Japanese techniques and Asian flavors. Therefore, the proteins in the dish they serve are well-seasoned with herbs and spices which is served with savory sauces.
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While Tabemashou is Japanese-inspired, Roastd’d, on the other hand, adopts hints of Chinese techniques on its roasting style. The said technique makes the meat delicious and juicy, while leaving the skin rich in aromatic flavors. They serve pork, duck, and chicken and is typically hung after scorching in fire. Lastly, they are served with white rice and a special sauce. You can enjoy the meals in Roast’d for as low as Php 249.
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It really is WICKDly good, if you try the variety of milk teas in this store, located just at the entrance of My South Hall. It offers milk teas, coffee-based beverages with boba pearls, coffee jelly, fruit tea, and nata sinkers. The ingredients used in making these famous beverages are all home-grown. To achieve the authentic Taiwanese flavors, they even import ingredients straight from Taiwan. With as low as Php 90, you can already have a refreshing day after a full day work.
This stall promises you to serve the iconic American food cravings such as meaty burgers, golden fries, and buffalo wings. Its chix ain’t ordinary since they comes in exactly 10 flavors. To name some, they serve buffalo wings in chili barbeque, sour cream, sweet chipotle glaze, honey garlic, Italian parmesan, Japanese sesame cheese and sour cream. My personal best are sour cream and Japanese sesame cheese since they are the most flavorful.
They also serve burgers and fries. Burgers can be served either classic or with cheese. Variation may be too conventional for some, but the focus of Chix is on the meat and bread. They also use fresh lettuce, tomato and onion to provide quality and texture to this comfort food.
Have a short trip to Europe, as you indulge in the Italian flavors of Roma. This stall is dedicated to bring sophistication and class, as they star famous Italian dishes such as the Truffle Pasta.
To enjoy, you can choose your own type of pasta and sauce. Pasta can be conchiglie, rigatoni, or spaghetti; and sauce can be carbonara, truffle, shrimp alfredo, pesto, spicy diavola or puttaneca. They make their own pasta to ensure quality. Meanwhile, sauces are cooked to order.
I personally tried the Truffle Pasta and it definitely is a good choice. Since the highlight is the truffle, you’ll expect its earthy umami taste in its creamy sauce. A bite will definitely explode love and perfection in your mouth.
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Bring out your appetite for Korean food as you try either the USDA Choice Chuck Eye set, or the USDA Angus Beef Sirloin set in Seoul Hotpot. The store allows you to have a homey ambiance but with a restaurant quality food. Either of the sets they serve offers you bountiful meat, fresh vegetables, and heartwarming stew. It is best to enjoy the meal during really stressful days, where you feel like treating yourself. If not, you can surely love the warmth it gives during the cold months. But for K-pop fans and K-drama enthusiasts, anytime can be the best time to try their hotpot.
Juicy Fresh Bar
Speaking of Korean, My South Hall also offers a taste of fresh fruit juices we are dying to taste such as the Kiwi, Chocolate Banana, Peach, Honeydew, Peanut-Banana, and Strawberry flavors, to name a few.
The Juicy Fresh Bar is the only international franchise in the food hall. Despite that, a lot of Filipino consumers love to visit the bar for its health benefits and refreshing flavors. It is also not a secret that this juice bar is a concept from Korea, a country which is loved by a lot of our millennial population.
Dig in the treasure as you chum in your plates with the dishes you get in Golden Treasures. It serves the phenomenal Chinese food siomai and pork dumplings, and also offers you a wide range of taste from their hakaw, egg yolk buns, chicken feet and Yang Chow rice. Of all the food in their menu, the customer favorite is the birthday noodles. Even Chef Boutwood, in an interview, said that he gets cheeky eating the meal even not for his birthday. Overall, the food worth a try and phenomenal.
My South Hall is a collaboration of Chef Josh Boutwood and Bistro Group. Even with its successful birth in the industry, the food hall is continuously improved where new innovations and food is yet to be announced. Overall, it is a fun place to bring your family and friends with. You should definitely add it in your bucket list.
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