March 11, 2006
Ever since I've tasted Greek cuisine in Australia three years ago, I've been looking for an authentic greek cuisine in Manila. The first time, I saw Manos Greek Taverna with its inviting blue and white structure, I hesitated to try it out because of the fear of being disappointed with a Filipino-style Greek cuisine similar to Mati in Rockwell. I was waiting for raves about this place before I try it out. AJay's first blogged Manos Greek Taverna in Nov 2005, and I recently read a poetic tribute by Dr. Honrado Palugod on his hellenic dining experience to this place that made me decide to check it out. On our way back from Playa Calatagan, we decided to have this as our last stop before finally heading back home. I've tried the best sellers in the house: Tzatziki, Hellenici Salata-Greek Salad, Mousaka, and the Baklava dessert which are indeed very good. On the contrary, the kebabs were ordinary.
I love this place because the food is healthy, ingredients are freshly made by the owner, and Manos is almost always there to entertain his guest -- very hospitable fellow. Manos claims that everything is cooked in Greek virgin olive oil which comes from their olive plantations in the island of Crete :)
The Blue and White theme is consistent not only in the facade of the restaurant but also in the table settings. Although, it looks like a canteen atmosphere inside, I would give credit to Manos for putting in the effort to give his guests a greek ambiance by posting pictures of Crete and other greek designs.
Tzatziki (dip). With yogurt, garlic and olive oil. (P80) -- What I love about this is that the bread is freshly made out of wheat partly, while the yogurt was fermented by Manos himself. This is a good starter dish but the Tzatziki is an acquired taste and you must me fond of mediterranean cuisine to love it.
Hellenici Salata-Greek (Summer) Salad (P120). with tomatoes, cucumber, onion, green pepper, olive oil, feta-cheese, black olives. This is excellent and my wife and I thinks that the greek olive oil made a lot of difference including the home-made feta cheese. It looks simple but it tastes great!
Mousaka (P180). With olive oil, eggplant, potatoes, zucchini, onion, minced meat, white wine, eggs, bechamel sauce, grated cheese. You'll never go wrong with this as the main dish. It tasted like beef omelet with vegetables and potato but the ingredients blended very well to give you a unique taste that you'll surely go back for more.
Manos Hellenic Greek Taverna
Along Tagaytay-Calamba Road (before reaching the rotonda), Bgy. San Jose, Tagaytay City
This is formerly where Sanctuario is located and you can immediately see its blue and white structure.
Reservations normally is not needed but here is the Cellphone # 0916-4298358