Eat Your Heart Out at Mangan Restaurant
The Kapampangans are well known for their cooking. So it is not surprising that there is a lot of Kapampangan restaurant in the province and as well as in the Metro. Their food options ranges from a variety of dishes from viands up to dessert. Most of us may also be familiar of the word "Mangan" which means "Kumain" or "To Eat".
I came upon Mangan Restaurant in Glorietta when I was with my cousin and she was buying stuffs before she fly back to the US. I've been seeing the restaurant and I think Mangan opened just this year. Since I am also a fan of Filipino cooking I am excited to try this restaurant.
We came in during lunch time and there's a bit of a crowd inside the restaurant. The interiors are very relaxing and the design looks like a very big dining hall for big gatherings of fiesta. The interior is not like those very extravagant Pahiyas Design, but it was kept at least minimal.
Excited with the food, we ordered their Tofu Sisig, Pinakbet, Crispy Pata, Inihaw na Liempo, Bistig Bangus Belly and their Seafood Pansit Luglog.
The first one on our table is their Tofu Sisig. The tofu is served in a little platter though I thought that it will be served sizzling hot. The dish is okay as an appetizer or even with right if you preferred to eat it together. Flavor is okay and the serving is good to around 2 to 3 person. Foodie note? Masarap with reservation.
A serving of their Pinakbet is good for around 2 to 3 person. The Pinakbet is tasty and a bit sweet while the vegetables is cooked nicely. There's other few option for a vegetable dish in Mangan and this one is I think the most likeable perhaps. My note? Masarap.
The Crispy Pata took around 15 minutes before it was served. This is served per grams, though their minimum is around 900 grams. Honestly, the Crispy Pata is really good. The skin is crispy and tasty as well as the meat inside. The pata is not dry and still with flavor inside. Foodie Note? Masarap.
Their Inihaw na Liempo is a bit on the regular side. Nothing so much special but it is still good. Flavor is intact and meat is cooked nicely. My personal note? Masarap naman.
The Bistig Bangus Belly is a version of Bistek with Bangus Belly as its meat. The sauce is pretty much the same as the regular bistek though this is pretty much an option for non meat eaters. Noting this one as Masarap.
Since one of us is pretty much missing something like Pansit Luglog, we ordered their Seafood Pansit Luglog. This is good for me because I want the Luglog flavored very lightly. For some other people, they might wanted to have a little more salt flavor since this is light savored. My personal foodie note on this one? Masarap.
Overall, the restaurant is very accommodating inside. The lighting is very good also and the dining area is pretty much okay. The service though may be a bit better with more approachable staffs. The experience with a Filipino restaurant is always better with a good service. Most of the food were okay to good. My personal rating to the restaurant is 3.5 out of 5.