S – Php 95; M – Php 170; L – 310
What I liked about Manam’s Bagoong Rice is that the bagoong flavor does not overwhelm the taste of the ulam you will have. An order comes with thin slices of green mango, and the generous servings are enough to save you from asking for extra rice. The small size is around 1 and ½ cups, while the medium (which is what we had) is supposed to be good for 3 people yet we still had some leftovers.
Sinigang na Beef Short Rib and Watermelon
S – Php 245; M – Php 445; L – 775
The “twisted” version of the classic sinigang. I’ve already tasted other soup-based specialties graced with watermelon like Kanteen’sPork Sinigang, but Manam’s version so far has been the best I’ve tried. It doesn’t taste weird, trust me. In fact, the watermelon and tomatoes added just the right sweetness to complement the sour broth. This one goes so well with the Bagoong Rice, giving us a playful contrast of sweet, sour, and salty.
S – Php 95; M – Php 175; L – 310
Nope, we’re not talking about nails here. Apparently pako is the local name of the Fiddlehead Fern, which is an edible vegetable fern often found in Asian countries. A friend recommended this to me yet when we tried it, we just ended up wasting our order because nobody wanted to finish the whole thing. The ferns are served with salted egg, tomatoes, tinapa flakes, and vinaigrette – which overall tasted like seaweed salad. I guess this just proves that I can’t be a vegan.
S – Php 120; M – Php 205; L – 365
Sizzling Corned Beef Kansi
S – Php 270; M – Php 495; L – 820
Crispy Pork Binagoongan
S – Php 205; M – Php 360; L – 645
House Crispy Sisig
S – Php 135; M – Php 245; L – 395
The gentlemen getting our orders seemed to be so proud of the House Sisig, that I knew I’d regret it if I don’t have a taste. True enough, Manam’s sisig is two thumbs-up! The finely chopped pork jowls, cheeks, and ears are served with crispy pork chicharon. Just make sure that you gobble ‘em up while still sizzling because it gets chewier as it cools.
Caramelized Patis Wings
S – Php 165; M – Php 295; L – 525
Turon of Mango & Kesong Puti with Ice Cream
S – Php 150; M – Php 280; L – 525
Gata Leche Flan
S – Php 95; M – Php 160; L – 235
Now this is a must-try. Don’t be deceived by the seemingly ordinary leche flan look, because this version has a twist to it, which comes in the form of gata (coconut milk). What you have is a leche flan that has a coconut aftertaste and is reminiscent of the well-loved maja blanca.