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April 21, 2019

Manam Comfort Filipino, Manila…If you haven’t been here yet, you need to

With the popularity of the many wonderful Chinese, Japanese and Thai eateries spreading throughout the world, I can’t help but feel that the food of the Philippines isn’t given the love it deserves. It’s time that changed.

The menu at Manam is expansive and affordable whether you’re in the mood for a warming bowl of Lomi or a plate of tender Chicken Adobo and everything is delicious, thanks to their excellent chefs  – so order lots and try a bit of everything – just the way it’s supposed to be. The House crispy sisig – pork jowls and cheek, chopped and served on a sizzling plate brings me to my knees as does the heart-palpitatingly good Sinigang na Baboy sa Sampaloc – pork shoulder simmered in house-made sour tamarind broth. Also insanely good are the Sinigang na Beef short ribs & Watermelon – Namnam favourite and an original family recipe and Gising gising – sigarilyas, kangkong, coconut cream, chilis, pork, bagoong saute. and Turon of mango & kesong puti with ice cream. (I think this is a good time to note that writing out this paragraph has made me incredibly hungry, and has also ruined this week’s efforts at the gym)

A few trips to Manam and you’ll be able to separate your sisig from your sinigang in next-to-no-time. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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August 18, 2012

Lorenzo’s way, Manila…so-so fare

I like homemade Filipino food, but not sure about this restaurant. The ambiance is very Filipino and traditional. The staff were very friendly and attentive.

Sadly, the food was just average. The crispy pata (served with gising-gising and garlic rice) which is a popular Filippino pork dish was lacking flavour.  Bulalo is a Filipino stew made from beef shanks and marrow bones. The meat was not tender and juicy as I am used to. If a Filipino place can’t make bulalo, they don’t deserve to be called just that.

I had high expectations of this place before but I was disappointed. First impressions are big with me and they failed in this area, in my eyes. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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