Mañosa Panciteria: Worth the Wait?


I’ve heard good things about Mañosa Panciteria from punkednoodle, so when my mom started raving about it too, I knew I should investigate. My mom and I decided to lunch there so I could try their Crispy Hito (P100) (Catfish); since it was nearer her office (it’s a 15-minute walk from mine), she ordered for us as soon as she arrived.

Crispy Catfish from Panciteria Mañosa

The place was packed to brimming, all the tables where occupied with large groups of people. I figured it was the lunch rush, but my mom told me that the crowd was bigger than usual. Large tumblers of Black Gulaman was served as soon as I took my seat. Cold and just lightly sweetened with slivers of glass jelly slithering down your throat, it was very welcome after that 15-minute walk. It was a sign of good things to come so I was readily awaiting the feast that would follow.

Fifteen minutes passed, then thirty. I was getting fidgety. But it was a big crowd and while I could see them steadily bringing food out of the kitchen, it was always for this one big group which seemed to never have enough food! When we asked about our food, the server apologized because the crowd was larger than usual and said he’ll look into it.

Maki from Panciteria Mañosa

He then came back to our table to reassure us that the food will follow soon, then served us bowls of Maki, on the house. I gave it a suspicious glance. It looked thick and syrupy and utterly sweet. My mom reassured me that it was good so I took a sip. Surprisingly, it wasn’t how I expected it to taste. It was more meaty and full-flavored than sweet, and it was surprisingly light despite the thick, thick soup. The pork was tender and easily gave to the bite. Hearty it was, but never too heavy.

Our food followed minutes later; large platters containing a whole fish, a cup of rice, a couple slices of tomato, and a sauce dish containing sliced siling labuyo (spicy chilis) and calamansi (Philippine Lemon). I promptly filled my sauce dish with soy sauce then held my breath. Judgment time! Was it worth the wait?

My first bite was a mix of crisp brown fish flesh with tender, moist insides. One bite and you knew that the fish was very fresh, with just a slight sweetness that comes from fresh fish naturally. It was the kind of fish that you could eat whole—no exaggeration, fish and some bones included, simply because everything was crisp and crunchy.

The rest of the meal went by in a blur. A nagging thought at the back of my head was the need to get back to the office. Still, I don’t regret trooping to Panciteria Mañosa for lunch. It was surely well worth the wait. And I’m looking forward to coming back, I would like to find out if the Pinaputok na Pla-pla (Exploded Tilapia) is just as nice.

Carpark 1 Dela Rosa St.
San Lorenzo Village, Makati City
387-2253 / 386-1625 / 0915-9362073

Unit 20 Valencia Hills Condominium Tower C
Dona Juana Rodriguez corner N. Domingo Quezon City
532-2793 / 721-3381

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
This entry was posted in restos & eateries. Bookmark the permalink.
Sharing is caring!

Icon from iconarchive.comDon't miss another post. Get the latest updates sent to your inbox via FeedBurner. Don't worry, your email address will be safe. We hate SPAM, too! Except the canned meat. Mmmm...SPAM.

25 Responses to Mañosa Panciteria: Worth the Wait?

  1. nina says:

    Hmm, saan banda to? My guest is staying along dela Rosa street, and I might take him here (since he’s always looking for Filipino food)

    • kaoko says:

      Hmmm…almost across Prince Plaza. It’s under the exit parking ramp of Dela Rosa’s parking, along the row with has Tsoko-Nut, Bo’s Coffee and Teriyaki Boy. It’s a pretty laid back place, carinderia-like in ambiance but the food is really good.

  2. khursten says:

    YES! THE TILAPIA IS HEAVENLY! MY GOD I WOULD KILL TO HAVE THIS PANCITERIA BESIDE OUR OFFICE~~

  3. japinoy says:

    Wow, I’ve been meaning to try this when I was still working in Makati. ^_^ Tapos meron din pala sa Valencia!!! Yehey!!

  4. Mila says:

    Oh my, the one in QC is practically down the street from me! I have to find it! And the Makati one isn’t too out of the way either. Fried hito, love it!

    • kaoko says:

      @khursten
      That good? Man, I have to juggle my sched for next week then and try to slip in a lunchtime visit to Manosa.

      @japinoy
      I want to go back and try more dishes! That tilapia and all those Chinese pansiteria staples…

      @Mila
      Lucky you! I wish the Makati branch was nearer my office so I can stop by for lunch whenever I want to, but 30-minutes (to think I walk really fast!) back on forth on my lunch break eats up too much of my time.

  5. liz tolentino says:

    Hi!

    Masarap din sawsawan ng crispy fried hito ang bagoong isda ( bagoong balayan to some) with sili & kalamansi with lots of hot rice! Yummy!
    Dito samin you can pass by the roadside eateries with inihaw na hito at tilapia on display…

  6. Victoria says:

    Oh my…crispy catfish is AMAZING. There’s a Vietnamese restaurant here called Pho Van and they have this HUGE catfish dish for two. Blackened crisp skin and moist white flesh…it’s enough to make me cry XD

    Btw~ I hope you don’t mind me linking your blog to mine…I like your blog a lot and would like to share it with others!

    • kaoko says:

      @Liz
      Ang sarap naman! I haven’t tried bagoong balayan with fish yet but I loved it on tomatoes, served with bagnet <3

      @Victoria
      I haven't tried Vietnamese-style blackened catfish but that sounds divine. There's something about contrasting textures that's really unforgettable.

      And about linking, please do! I appreciate the link. I'd reciprocate but my link list is set to be revamped so I'm not adding any new links right now. If it's all right with you, I'll add back when I do.

  7. Hiro says:

    the maki looks good, esp the way u describe it..

  8. Joybur says:

    just got to read this now. i’ve been a mañosa patron since i was a kid (and stupid me only goes to binondo for it to this day). didn’t know there was a makati branch. the maki’s my usual take-home. sometimes the huge siomais, too.

    • kaoko says:

      @Hiro
      I hope you get to try it, it’s a very unique and interesting dish.

      @Joybur
      Hey Joybur! Nice to see you here. Been there only once but I intend to eat again. At least now you can have some without going to Binondo 😛

  9. Raquel says:

    My dad and I usually troop to the original Manosa in Ongpin for our comfort food fix. Haven’t tried their fish dishes yet but just love the Maki and Lomi.

    • kaoko says:

      I didn’t even know that there was an original Manosa in Ongpin until you guys pointed it out. Somehow, it’s pleasing to discover that it has roots in Chinatown. Makes it feel more authentic 😀

  10. u8mypinkcookies says:

    we had lunch here and twas my first time! i like their black gulaman and miki bihon.

  11. rpc938 says:

    I AM A REGULAR AT THE ONGPIN MAIN RESTO.

    THE MAKI IS THE BEST I HAVE HAD.

    AND YOU ALSO WANT TO TRY THE CHAMI, THE BEST I HAVE HAD ALSO, WITH SEARED FRESH PORK LIVER.

  12. kaoko says:

    @u8mypinkcookies
    Oooh, I haven’t tried their Miki Bihon. Mebbe worth a shot.

    @rpc938
    I haven’t been to their main resto, I hear it’s quite an establishment.

  13. jenova says:

    i’ve been dreaming about manosa!! when i was small my dad would drive all the way to ongpin just to get their maki and chalomi for our midnight snack… i’m so happy to find out there is a branch near my workplace. now i can go there, eat & reminisce …. thanks to this site!

    • kaoko says:

      You’re welcome Jenova! Glad you’re getting a chance to touch reconnect with your childhood. That must’ve been a very heartwarming way to bond.

  14. SamC says:

    I am now 54 years old, living in California for the last 22 years. Memories of the old Panciteria Manosa still haunt me all this time. I especially miss their maki. I hope to go home soon and travel back to my childhood….gastronomically speaking.

    • SHIRLAN WONG says:

      SAMC,

      IM FLATTERED OF YOUR COMMENT. THANKS FOR THAT.

      WHEN YOU ARE BACK IN MANILA, PLEASE EMAIL ME, AND SURELY, YOU ARE INVITED TO OUR NEW BRANCH IN SERENITY HEIGHTS BLDG. 815 BANAWE ST., NEAR STA. CATALINA ST., QUEZON CITY. YOU CAN HAVE MAKI ALL YOU CAN, ON THE HOUSE.

      SHIRLAN

  15. Effy says:

    My mother also fondly tells us about her childhood memories of going to Manosa Ongpin with our late Ah-Pa (a migrant from mainland China himself). She just turned 50 last November 30, and everytime we’re in Quiapo (particularly at Paterno St.), she would giddily ask us, “Gusto nyo bang mag-Manosa?” Long walk, but definitely worth it. We absolutely love their maki and chami (meaning their chami must be THAT delicious, as I’m the type who’d choose plain congee over pancit).

  16. kaoko says:

    @SamC and Effy
    It’s good institutions like Manosa still thrive, no? I like how food enjoyed by our parents and grandparents are still there for us to enjoy. And won’t it be even nicer if our children and grandchildren can continue enjoying them?

  17. Pingback: Eric S Brown Parking

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


*