Review In A Nutshell:
I’ve had a lot of mediocre to unpleasant experiences when it comes to Filipino food served in communal joints located in malls but that changed when I tried out Manam Express. It easily became one of my favorite places to eat.
Truth be told, aside from books, another passion of mine is eating really good food. I like to cook so being able to sample good food once in a while is a must for me. When I can afford it, I like to eat out and try new restaurants. However, my usual lunch fare is pretty much what our cafeteria offers (which is free) or, if the menu has become too predictable for my own taste, I go to the mall and eat at Food Choices, Glorietta 4. In one of those trips, I decided to try out a relatively new food stall, Manam Express. Since then, it has easily become one of my favorite places to eat.
Manam Express describes their meals as “Comfort Filipino” and in typical food court style, it’s prepared and served fast. I didn’t have high expectations, only because I’ve had a lot of mediocre to unpleasant experiences when it comes to Filipino food served in communal joints located in malls. However, I was surprised by the amount of care the servers gave in arranging my entire meal in one plate: it was clean and presentable. The best part: the food was so delicious and fresh that I found it hard to believe it only cost me Php 149.00 for everything. Now, that’s what you call value for money.
Aside from the taste, price and swift preparation, I think what makes Manam Express such a hit among customers is its make-your-own-combo-meal concept: you can have a different plate every time you visit. You get to choose from among 4 varieties of rice, 6 viands, 6 vegetable side dishes and 4 sawsawan (this bit I love because no Filipino meal is complete without one); imagine the number of meal combinations you can make. And the free soup is not just some poor excuse for a broth; it has flavor which is great if you’re the kind of person who enjoys putting some soup on your rice. Aside from these, Manan Express offers Filipino-inspired beverages and desserts such as turon and mais con hielo, which are definitely worth trying out.
In all my visits, Manam Express have not disappointed me and I always look forward to the next one. Sometimes, I secretly wish that our cafeteria menu would be boring just so I can go up and eat there, even if it means spending another 149 pesos or so for a plate of their flavorful meal.
5 out of 5 stars
If you ever find yourself in Glorietta 4 or Trinoma and you’re looking for really good Filipino food at an affordable price, pass by Food Choices and try Manam Express. Also, don’t just stick to their menu, try out try their beverages and desserts even if it means spending a little more. I personally love their Kape, Sago at Gulaman drink and ChocNut Leche Flan (so sorry, I wish I could share pictures of these two; I only remember that I need to take one after I’ve finished them off).
This is not a sponsored blog post. Like my other product or food-related reviews, I purchased the product and tried it out.
The logo image above is courtesy of Manam Express’ Facebook page. Other images featured are my own.