MALIMANAM!

At Manam, Filipino fla­vors are given rel­e­vance and new life.

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You can­not talk about Manam with­out men­tion­ing Filipino hos­pi­tal­ity. With their chain of chic (yet bud­get-friendly) Filipino restau­rants, The Mo­ment Group has made sure that every sin­gle one of their cus­tomers en­joys Filipino food.

Let us be­gin with the menu. It’s big and meaty, with ev­ery­thing from ba­lut with three types of salt to green mango-spiked sinigang. The bulky book is di­vided into two sec­tions: Clas­sics and Twists (mak­ing sure your lola is just as sat­is­fied with her Fresh Lumpiang Ubod as you are with your Lumpiang Din­uguan); each dish is avail­able in small, medium, and large serv­ing sizes. Filipino food has tra­di­tion­ally been de­signed to be fam­ily-ori­ented, gen­er­ous, abun­dant, and best served with great ban­ter, but while Manam is con­ducive to those ram­bunc­tious re­unions, it also makes it­self ideal for times when you just want a pri­vate mo­ment with your House Crispy Sisig.

At Manam, there are no ex­cuses. The restau­rant is im­pos­si­ble not to love sim­ply be­cause there are so many things to en­joy. Even less-pub­li­cized dishes, like the Ban­gus Sisig and Pork Ear Kini­law, prove to be sleeper hits. The Pri­tong Hito is as soft and sub­tle as the other great cat­fish dishes out there, but the ad­di­tion of pork floss adds an un­ex­pected sweet new twist.

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