This bibingka might just be better than some chocolate cakes
There, we said it.
(SPOT.ph) The bibingka stole the show. It was served second-to-the-last in a heavy fiesta of Filipino favorites, but somehow, the bibingka–purple swirls interspersed with the traditional yellow hue and topped only with shaved coconut—nearly wiped out the memory of every other dish. It’s soft and creamy, more cake-like in texture, with a precise hit of salt from the rich salted eggs.
The Bibingkang Ube (P120/small, P230/medium, P340/large) is one of the new dishes at modern Filipino restaurant, Manam, and currently exclusive to their latest branch at Net Tower in Bonifacio Global City. The expanded menu comprises an all-day breakfast, all-day merienda, and more in the same Small, Medium, and Large servings.
Gorgeous new space
The new branch has a high-ceilinged space, with slow-turning fans and a black-and-white theme. While delicious flavors have never been an issue when it comes to enjoying Filipino food, our homey cuisine has never looked this elegant.
Lamb Curry Kare
It’s almost unfair that this little cake ends up with the last word. The Lamb Curry Kare (P365/small, P675/medium, P1,250/large) brings you back to the roots of kare-kare. The usually nutty stew develops a slightly spiced undertone, which makes it all the more lipsmacking. With the flavorful and tender lamb, you can easily forget the homemade bagoong on the side, but the sharp saltiness of the shrimp paste pierces through the singular note, pushing out all the right aspects of this dish.
Chicharon Bulaklak (P235/small, P420/medium, P830/large)
Homemade Kesong Puti and Alugbati (P215/small, P390/medium, P740/large)
Most of the dishes are flavorful enough on their own, but are served with sauces to supplement your enjoyment. It’s the same thing with the Pritong Hito (P295/small, P565/medium, P945/large). Fried catfish doesn’t seem to be particularly creative, but theirs are lightly covered with subtly sweet and tangy pork floss. The buro amplifies the flavors.
Manam has always been reliable for offering straight-up Filipino food as well as hipper approaches to old cuisine. The sapin-sapin (P115/small, P210/medium, P345/large) is direct, colorful, and topped with toasted coconut. The palitaw (P115/small, P215/medium, P315/large) comes in several flavors. There’s one—almost the size of a siopao—that’s filled with yema. While it can no doubt be overwhelming after a few bites, fried root chips on top give it the crunch it needs to be well-balanced.
The memories are coming back. You can’t forget good food when you taste it.
Manam BGC is at 27th Street, Bonifacio Global City.