I've been wanting to check out Manos since the very first time I set foot on Tagaytay and Friday was the day that I finally was able to.
We braved the acid rain in Manila and the flooded streets of Bacoor and came out of the four hour bus ride from Manila to Tagaytay. It's a feat if you saw how almost knee-deep flood waters lapped at the walls of Bacoor establishments and how shoes went from fine leather shoes to squishy footwear. Traffic at Bacoor is such a bitch that you would rather walk on foot (barefoot even) than ride anything if the weather permits you to. But that's just about the only hazard in going to cool Tagaytay.
Manos is located along the road on the way to Picnic Grove. I didn't do much research on Tagaytay street names but you can get a trike ride from Olivares Plaza to the Greek resto for about 25 bucks for two persons. We were not so familiar with the cuisine so we carefully ordered stuff which I recognized from the Internet reviews of Manos' menu and those that looked good on the pictures.
For starters, we got Saganaki.. a shrimp, bread, tomato and feta cheese combo. It's an herby dish that's a bit sour.. I think it can actually pass for a chunky dip. Then we got a large serving of Lamb Shawarma --- lamb is surprisingly.... bland! But it was good nonetheless. For the main course, we ordered the Greek Patties which was actually good quality burger patties. I would have skipped dessert except that I got tempted with the picture of Baklova (damn pictures). It was a nutty pie with apple sauce.. I'm not so sure what it was mainly made out of but probably pear or apple. The Baklova slice tasted like a not too sweet apple pie over-garnished with nuts.
Manos is relatively cheap and Manos, the person, is quite social and amiable. I would probably go back there if I was feeling more adventurous or if I want to reconnect with my Mount Olympus roots.
Lamb Shawarma, Souvlaki
Date of Visit: 2009-07-17