Manna Bakery Café is a famous bakery and resto cafe in B.F. Homes Parañaque which has now branched into SM City B.F. Parañaque. In addition to freshly baked breads and pastries, Manna also offers pasta, pizza, sandwiches and mains.
Manna is not new to me since they are the supplier of breads and pastries to our office pantry, but I didn't know that they also serve lunch and dinner meals at their resto cafe in BF Paranaque. That's we were delighted to receive an invitation from Manna to try out their newly launched menu. Behind their revamped menu is Chef Raymar Reyes, who, to my surprise, is also a fellow Lourdesian.
|Tom Yum Soup|
We started our lunch with a warm cup of Tom Yum (P179.00), one of my favorite Thai dishes. It was flavorful and had the right tanginess which surely woke up my taste buds. It has a generous serving of plump and tender shrimps. Yumyum.
Next to be served was the Crab Rangoon, a Chinese-American dish made of crab meat and cream cheese, wrapped in Chinese wanton wrappers, and then deep-fried until golden brown and crispy.
|Hungry Boy Pasta|
Chef Raymar then started to introduce the four new signature dishes he created for Manna starting with the Hungry Boy Pasta (P250.00) which is a spaghetti dish in classic pomodoro (tomato) sauce and cooked with Hungarian sausage, black olives and bellpeppers. This was Edgar's favorite. He loved the combination of the pomodoro sauce and the spicy sausages.
Next was the Wrong Pizza (P240.00) which, according to Chef Raymar, was created only by accident when the pizza dough was made too soft ending up with a totally wrong pizza. It was a mistake that they were very thankful for. The soft pizza dough is filled with shrimps, cream cheese, alfalfa sprouts and topped with arugula leaves. The texture is much softer than panizza, which is easier to the bite and also lighter on the tummy.
|Mantau on my Mind|
Chef Raymar then served the Mantau on my Mind which is grilled pork tenderloin or fried white fish in a bed of lettuce, glazed with hoisin dressing, topped with a special sauce and pork floss, and served in a pair of fried mantau buns. A truly Asian delight in a sandwich. It is available in single serving (P130.00) and double serving (P240.00). We had the version with white fish which is a lighter version compared to the pork tenderloin version of the sandwich.
|Corned Beef Reuben|
Finally, they brought out the Corned Beef Reuben (P280.00) which was my favorite. It is a sandwich of American origin which has corned beef, cheese and sauerkraut. Manna makes its own coned beef, a thick slab of salt-cured beef and topped with their home-made sauerkraut. The corned beef was flavorful while the light sourness of the sauerkraut balances the flavor of the beef and the cheese.
We were glad to have the chance to visit Manna and thankful for the invitation of the owners of this lovely bakery and resto cafe in Paranaque. We are looking forward to visiting Manna again when we find ourselves in the south. Many thanks as well to Chef Raymar for our super kulit conversation about Kapitolyo food trips. We are looking forward to meeting you again.
Manna Bakery Café
2/F SM City B.F. Parañaque
Dr. A. Santos Avenue, B.F. Homes, Parañaque City
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 8:00am to 11:00pm
Contact Number: (02) 852-7328