Manna Bakery & Cafe – Paranaque City, Philippines

It’s been a while since I spent quality time with my bff and today’s a rare chance. No third wheeling boyfriend (sorry, Alwin!) or other appointments and it’s a holiday. So for our catching up session, we decided to dine somewhere quiet and comfortable for lengthy talks, serves delicious food and of course, good coffee. If you’re at SM BF, one of the cafes that fits in the criteria is – Manna Bakery & Cafe.


Photo Credit: Manna Cafe

When we got there, the usual half empty Manna is packed with customers. One table, in my guess, is holding a business meeting, and at another table was a family of 6 having an afternoon snack. But we’re lucky to find a seat inside the restaurant. The staff accommodated and transferred us immediately when the other group left.

The BFF, who is a regular customer, suggested we get a pasta and a clubhouse sandwich. In addition to that, I also got quesadillas. Big appetite huh?


While waiting for our food, stories kept rolling. Started with our current work status, fashion items, upcoming travels, our spiritual life and yes, love life! Stories and ‘chikahan’ (tagalog lingo for small talks) are just endless.

So in between our chikahan, the food finally arrived.

First to be served is the seafood marinara. For P195 per order, the size is actually good for sharing with one piece of garlic bread. It’s a mix of sauteed seafood in chunky tomato sauce over fettuccine pasta. The taste? Average. The tomato sauce was strong and on the sour side. There’s a fishy aftertaste (oh well it’s a seafood pasta afterall!).Maybe more herbs to balance off the strong fishy taste?


Pasta Marinana is good for sharing.


The classic club was next. It’s average as well and a bit dry.  A pinch of salt would elevate the taste. In all fairness, the greens and tomatoes are fresh. The serving plate which is a wooden chopping board somehow complements the overall presentation and plating, colorful and neat. It gave me a feeling that I am to wolf down a very healthy snack!


And last but not the least is the Mexi-Chicken Quesadillas. This one is a winner. The overall presentation was superb. The tortilla was perfectly baked to my liking. I love the gooey mozzarella inside with generous fillings of green and red bell peppers, roasted chicken and onions. I love the sweet and tangy taste of salsa, too. It’s savory at every bite and will leave you wanting for more.


Each meal comes with a glass of ice tea, which to my taste, is a powder mix. The taste is just okay, refreshing though.


We savor every bite while exchanging stories. The overall dining experience is average and just within our expectation. Nevertheless, we almost finished everything, except for 2 slices of club sandwich. We were so full, there was no place left for dessert and coffee. The BFF said their blueberry cheesecake is heavenly, but nah! I’ll schedule it for next time.


Will I come back? Maybe – for coffee and cheesecake!

By the way, I love their mason jars!


Photo Credit:

Manna Bakery & Cafe
Second Level, SM City BF Paranaque
Sucat, Paranaque City


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