Manna Bakery

We were an hour early for an eight o’clock appointment yesterday and we drove around the Loyola area looking for a good place to have breakfast. Not Starbucks, definitely. Not McDonald’s either. We considered Seattle’s Best but the parking area was bathed in sunlight and getting into the car afterwards would have been like getting into a hot oven. We left Katipunan Road and entered Esteban Abada Street. That was where we found Manna Bakery. We hadn’t been there before, we hadn’t even heard of it, but the place was cozy, clean and inviting. Kasong puti, pesto and tomato sandwich

Well, it’s the kind of place we’d probably visit again, over and over, whenever we’re in the area. The kesong puti (native white cheese), tomato and pesto sandwich is a dream. Their bestseller, according to the guy behind the counter, and I can totally understand why. White cheese, pesto and tomatoes

The bread was grease-free, the crust was thin but crisp, the inside of the bread was soft and moist and the filling was too wonderful for words. Pizza with whole wheat crust

The kids had the four-cheese pizza with whole wheat crust. Chocolate cake with a scoop of whipped cream

We asked about the cakes and the guy said there were a lot more varieties available by order. My husband and I were tempted enough by this Chocolate Sin and we decided to order a slice. It was not a bread-y cake but more like the most sinful chocolate cake I bake at home except that it was lighter, the top dusted with confectioner’s sugar and it was served with a dollop of whipped cream.

If you’ve heard of the Market at the Hills, you can also sample Manna Bakery’s food there on Saturdays and Sundays. We’re going on Sunday.

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13 Responses

  1. ice says:

    Hi Miss Connie, is the shop new in E.Abada? I can’t remember going there when I was still studying in the Katipunan area (that was about 3 years ago). Interesting! Might drop by one of these days to try this out.

  2. Connie says:

    Ice, am not sure how old the place is. We’re not in the area all that often but it was the first time we noticed it.

  3. That’s it. Don’y say anything more about that sandwich. You are making me hungry. …I guess I just have to wait till after Christmas when my wife and I get to visit our vacation house again.

  4. adiksakape says:

    the food seems heavenly. i can’t wait to go home and try it. thanks for the info.

  5. mareza says:

    this is definitely my taste…..

    i’m very full now but i could still eat this….


  6. Ernest says:

    Tita, how naman are the prices?

  7. Connie says:

    Ernest, prices pretty good. The sandwich (really huge) was P110 pesos if I remember correctly.

  8. Linda de la Paz says:

    Looks like a place to visit.
    Let’s go!!!!!
    Who do you think is the baker?

  9. molly says:

    hi connie it’s been a while since i commented. been very busy lately but i just had to tell you that our chief of staff in congress has heard so much about you and your success as a blogger even in cebu. being a lawyer herself, she is amazed at the diversity of your talents and time-juggling abilities. :-) i told her kasi that i visit your website almost everyday. by the way, is the weekend market on the hill near or exactly at the starbucks area in temple drive? thanks

  10. elaine says:

    does anyone know where they have transferred? I just noticed recently (like a few weeks ago) that it’s not there anymore…

  11. gem says:

    hi, i’m interested with your products. where is your place located and do you have other branch? my location is cubao area. thanks

  12. MannaBaker says:

    Hi Ms. Connie! Thank you for featuring us. We went on sabbatical August last year but we will begin baking again soon. We are not connected to a new bakery that just opened and was featured on TV recently. Please check out our website for any updates Thanks very much!

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