Dining Out

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.

casaveneracion.com 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.

casaveneracion.com 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.

casaveneracion.com Pizza with whole wheat crust

The kids had the four-cheese pizza with whole wheat crust.

casaveneracion.com 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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