During the holiday, my parents and I paid another visit to Greenbelt, and had lunch at a restaurant called Manam Comfort Filipino, formerly known as Namnam Comfort Filipino. What’s unique about Manam is that nearly each dish on their menu is presented in two ways: The classic traditional version, and the restaurant’s fresher modern take.
Menu: Pulutan, Sisig & sizzling platos, Ensalada & gulay, Sopas, Pancit, Paboritos, Lupa, Dagat, Kanin, Dessert, Beverages & alcohol.
You can choose between three sizes: Small, medium, and large. We ordered most of our food in small servings.
House Crispy Sisig – Finely-minced pork jowls, ears and cheeks, served on a sizzling plate. The chunks of pork were larger than the typical sisig. There was a great balance between the chewy and crispy pieces of meat.
Caramelized Patis Wings. The glaze was super-addicting, it’s a shame that we only ordered the small size.
Crunchy Salt and Pepper Squid Rings, with Sweet Chili Sauce. Melt-in-your mouth squid rings coated in a light, crispy fried batter. This has got to be the best-tasting calamari I’ve had so far, right after Parmigiano’s.
Kare-kare with Oxtail.
Laksa-style Halaan Soup with Crispy Sili Leaves and Mais.
University Fried Rice – Fried rice topped with two fried eggs, spring onions, and mixed with small chunks of beef. Very filling. I wanted to pair up my sisig with plain steamed rice, but pretty-looking bowl of rice looked too good to pass up.
And for our dessert, we had the Choco-Butter Nut Sans Rival – This cake is just perfect because the layers didn’t crumble easily, and the chocolate is neither too sweet nor too bitter.
I think a great strategy that you need to follow when you’re planning to dine at Manam is to order all of your favorites in the smallest size, so you will be able to eat some delicious food without leaving some leftovers behind. Also, their skill in making two different versions of the same dish warrants them some plus points for pure creativity.
Ambiance/Interior: 4.5/5 (the low ceiling made the place feel cramped >_<)
Food: 5/5 (taste), 4/5 (presentation)
Manam Comfort Filipino is located at G/F Greenbelt 2, Esperanza St cor Greenbelt Dr Ayala Center, Makati. Tel no: (02) 625-0515. Links: Facebook.