Manam (Fairview Terraces) – Comfort Filipino Food Makes You Feel At Home

Posted on Mar 12 2014 - 9:28pm by tweenselmom

    It was an ordinary weekday but we felt the need to celebrate because final exams just ended. The end of another school year, a clean break for the four of us. We decided to try Manam in the nearby Fairview Terraces Mall and thanked ourselves that we had given in to our cravings.

    As I chatted with the waiter while waiting for our orders, I found out that “manam” is actually the nickname of the word “malinamnam” (delicious) and true, as we have discovered in the end, their food were all flavorful and comforting 🙂

    Ambiance ♥♥♥♥♥

    We still have to see the place at night but during the day, the whole place is bright and gives that feeling of being light and happy. Front walls are made of glass making daylight seep through and the chandeliers were lit up as if we are dining in a starred hotel. Seats were all colored in sky blue and they were soft.

    Food ♥♥♥♥♥

    Giving them the highest because they lived up to what they are bragging – comfort. We ordered only 3 viands (Adobo, Gising-Gising, Sisig) which were our all-time favorites and their versions comforted us thinking that there’s another place in town where we can dine in and eat what we want, and that is delicious Filipino food.

    Adobo meat are all tender and the toyomansi flavor seeped through my mouth. It was the first ulam wiped out. For their Gising-gising, they use Sigarilyas instead of the usual beans. The sigarilyas were crispy like chicharon, an opportunity too to educate my daughters what a sigarilyas from bahay kubo looks and tastes like. Their Sisig tasted good too and if you are an onion lover, this one’s for you:-) The waiter let us sample their Sinigang with Watermelon (yes, watermelon) which I took note of for our next visit because it was perfect I can still the remember the taste in mouth as of writing.

    For desert, we tried out their Leche Flan made with Gata (coconut Milk). We ordered for their chocolate buttercrust chienes cake but unfortunately, it wasn’t available. But their Leche Flan was sooo smooth and creamy I should have ordered an extra plate.

    Price ♥♥♥♥♥

    Considering the ambiance, flavor and customer service, I’ve given them them the perfect score. With 3 viands, overflowing rice, dessert and drinks, we shelled out only roughly P700.00 I have to give plus on their serving sizes too. They have Small, Medium and Large servings in almost all their meals which makes it more affordable to try several viands in one eating, even their rice!

    Returning? Definitely Yes.

    15 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

    1. Gladys March 12, 2014 at 11:01 pm - Reply

      Looks so yummy! I want to know what is gising-gising? I never heard of it before

      • tweenselmom March 12, 2014 at 11:16 pm - Reply

        Mommy Gladys, I have yet to search the exact definition of Gising-Gising but as of what I know and tasted from different resto, it’s vegetable and tiny pork cooked with coconut milk then peppered with chili. It was called Gising-Gising (wake-up, wake-up) because you are supposed to be awaken by the hotness brought by the chili. Since we usually eat with kids, we always request to tone down their spices.

    2. Cheryl G. March 12, 2014 at 11:28 pm - Reply

      Those are very yummy, makes you remember of home talaga! I can’t wait to try this place when we go to PH again. Hopefully soon. Do they have healthier options in their menu? Excited, I love restos with the homecooked feel. 🙂 Thanks mama Tweenselmom for sharing!

      • tweenselmom March 12, 2014 at 11:34 pm - Reply

        Thanks mommy Cheryl! yes, we are fortunate dami nang food entrepreneur dito sa Pinas and we have good choices na when it comes to Filipino food. You can’t eat at fast food all the time. Healthier options, right, haha puro kasi pork yung inorder namin.

    3. Mars M. March 12, 2014 at 11:36 pm - Reply

      Hi, Lani! Last day of exams for my 12-year-old sister yesterday, too, and just like you, we also had lunch–at Wafu, Greenhills. The best part was that it was all for free! My friend is marketing consultant for them these days and they had people come in to try their dishes and rate their service. Free Wagyu=best lunch ever haha!

      • tweenselmom March 12, 2014 at 11:58 pm - Reply

        I think I’ve heard Wafu before pero parang di ko sya maremember when we are at Greenhills. San na nga bayun? Wow, free lunch, tell your friend to invite us too haha 🙂 I’ll check your post about it 🙂

        • Mars M. March 13, 2014 at 12:16 am - Reply

          It’s this big big Japanese place right beside the new Gloria Maris, near the new Promenade wing. 🙂

          Their rolls are good–we tried Spicy Salmon and Mount Fuji. Both yum!

          • tweenselmom March 13, 2014 at 12:35 am - Reply

            Ah yes, I remember now! Ok ba ang price dun? Diba pricey? Parang intimidating kasi yung front nila when I remember it 🙂

            • Mars M. March 13, 2014 at 5:21 am -

              That’s what I told my marketing consultant friend, too. From outside, it looks intimidating, so it’s not something you’d be willing to just try.

              The price is a little pricey, yes. Their rice boxes start at 380, I think. Their rolls, 280 (Mount Fuji, my fave). Spicy Salmon (480). So it’s a little pricey but compared to other similarly-prized Japanese restos, their ingredients and serving size are worth it. 🙂

    4. May De Jesus-Palacpac March 13, 2014 at 12:16 am - Reply

      oh wow, Php700 for all of that? that’s pretty affordable. 🙂 would love to try manam soon. do they have other branches?

      • tweenselmom March 13, 2014 at 12:42 am - Reply

        May, yes I agree, kasi nga they cater sa mga slim eaters and sumo-eaters LOL. For 700, sa slim eaters like us (not necessarily slim ako ha) ok na talaga sya, my hubby even had take out of the Sisig 🙂

    5. Jenny Alano March 13, 2014 at 1:14 am - Reply

      The restaurant seems really inviting. The ambience, superb! I think that is where i will treat my dad on his birthday! thanks for letting us know about this restaurant. I have been actually thinking of a different place to dine for my dad’s birthday celebration.

      • tweenselmom March 13, 2014 at 1:20 am - Reply

        I agree Jenny, this is the perfect place for celebrations, so family friendly 🙂

    6. Rikka Redrico March 13, 2014 at 1:58 am - Reply

      Wow. I would love to visit Fairview Terraces however it’s TOO FAR from Marikina. But, I’ll keep this in mind. Manam looks promising! <3

      • tweenselmom March 13, 2014 at 2:00 am - Reply

        Rikka, yes you should, but wait till all the shops are open, you’ll be surprised how big it is 🙂

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