G/F The Podium, 12 ADB Avenue, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
Open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
(SPOT.ph) Though tucked away at a newly renovated, quieter wing of The Podium, it’s hard to miss the latest Manam Café. For one, the branch looks bigger than what you’d think is possible given their mall space, thanks to the high ceiling, and a spacious and airy layout. This outpost also boasts a mezzanine area, with huge floor-to-ceiling windows that resemble those of an ancestral Filipino home—a space diners can reserve for special occasions or private functions.
But, what sets the third Manam Café apart from previous iterations is the sleek take-out counter. The store is open as early as 7 a.m., which means you can start ordering your Manam favorites first thing in the morning. And with Manam Café’s expanded menu, there are lots to choose from.
New to their breakfast menu are some classic Pinoy silogs. Aside from Classic, you now also get the House-made Tapsilog (P265) in Spicy & Sweet, a winningly punchy flavor combo that’ll wake up your taste buds.
Manam Café shines the spotlight on several regional versions of longganisa for their Longsilog (P295). You can choose from Alaminos (peppery and savory), Vigan (garlicky with a hint of tang), Calumpit (sweet and garlicky), Tuguegarao (similar to Calumpit but saltier), and Lucban (extra salty and spicy). Though if you don’t like making important decisions in the morning, you can always opt to have everything on your plate with the Sari-Saring Longsilog (P315).
If you’re in the mood for something sweeter, you’ll be glad to know that Manam Café has a lot of Filipino pastries to offer—in fact, they have an entire, separate menu for it. You don’t have to wait for Christmas to have the Bibingkang Ube (P220), which we like to think of as a cross between bibingka and puto bumbong, with layers of ube all throughout the rice cake. The result is a rich and fluffy cake with bites of nutty-sweet goodness.
Another indulgent pastry is the Sticky Roll (P115), which you can have in either Ube or Tsokolate. Inspired by ensaymada, the rolls have the same light fluffiness to them and a rich butteriness that makes them a perfect complement to a cup of Brewed Coffee (P80) or their new coffee drinks like Caffé Latte (P110).
After a string of successful openings at SM Megamall and Molito in Alabang, it looks like there’s no stopping the success of Manam Café—in fact, this isn’t the last one, with branches planned at Power Plant Mall and SM Aura. But for now, we’re sure this newest outlet at The Podium will become a fast favorite, especially among early birds.
Photos by Ian Santos