Thursday, February 21, 2013

Grilling It Manggahan Style

Manggahan is a new cozy restaurant in town. Coined after the big mango tree at the back of the restaurant, it offers a laid-back homey ambiance suitable for dining with friends and family.

Welcome to Manggahan
Owner and brain behind Manggahan, Jim Anthony Uy

If it's your first time at Manggahan, one amazing thing to do is cooking your own food yakiniku style. Their table is equipped with a grill on the center so you can cook your own barbecue. Just like the Japanese yakiniku, which means "grilled meat", diners can grill their own food the way they like it. You don't even have to worry about smelling like smoked ham, the tables are equipped with a mechanism that vacuums the smoke. The idea is simply ingenious!

Every time I look at this picture I can hear the meat sizzle. Can you hear it?

Aside from street style barbecue, Manggahan also offers a variety of Filipino favorites such as pochero, pinakbet, sinugba, and hito (catfish). They even have crocodile sisig!

Clockwise from top left: deep fried hito, sizzling crocodile sisig, and sizzling pochero

Although the sizzling pochero's serving was disheartening, the taste was fantastic. It was soft and creamy. I even scooped the sauce and topped it on my rice. The deep fried hito was also good. The crocodile sisig tasted just like any other pork sisig. I've tasted crocodile meat before and couldn't appreciate its taste (or blandness), so I guess I'm not a fan of croc meat.

For dessert, we had Turon ni Tatang. Man, this brings back childhood memories. Waiting for the Merienda Lady at 3PM, she arrives bringing her basket of goodies, and I buy one or two turons. Turon ni Tatang betters the classic turon by adding vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup onto it.

Turon ni Tatang and iced tea with mango bits

Reasonably priced, Manggahan competes with street-side barbecue prices.

Click to enlarge. Prices are subject to change without prior notice.

Click to enlarge. Prices are subject to change without prior notice.

Good news for beer lovers, Manggahan offers Beer Below Zero at an affordable price.

Left: Beer Below Zero logo. Right: Image taken from

And if drinking isn't your thing, enjoy your meal while listening to live music. They have live bands playing every night. Furthermore, with good interiors and a big space (plus the garden area), Manggahan's ambiance is hands down 5 of 5. Best of all, the price is just right. I could eat and drink here without getting my pocket drunk. Bring your friends when you go to Manggahan, it's a great place to hangout.

I've read some complaints about the slow service, but Manggahan addresses them in a commendable way. Props to that!

How to get to Manggahan:

30 Wilson St., Apas, Lahug, Cebu City
0922 820 3971 / (032) 260 3300
Daily 6PM to 3AM

How Manggahan planted a hole on Mustachio's pocket:
Zero! This was a media invite by Manggahan care of  Babe for Food. Thanks Manggahan and Justinne! :)


  1. Thanks for the post and link, Mustachio! And thanks for coming to the event! You took really nice photos. Reading this makes me wanna go back to manggahan asap! :D

    Babe for Food - your BFF in Cebu dining! :)

    1. Thank YOU! Wanted to go back there with my friends. I really loved the Filipino yakiniku concept. Thanks again. :)

  2. Unfair! I wasn't there and I was in the BFB launch hoping that I'd get to see you! >_<

    1. Oh what bad luck! Nice BFB post by the way. :)

  3. Good day to the Administrators / Personnel / Staff:

    1.) Nindot unta if naay klaro nga ventilation ang inyong cooking area aron pud ang inyong cook personnel makatrabaho nga convenient ang palibot bisag gamay ra og sweldo.
    2.) Nindot pud sa usa ka establishment nga madato ang tag-iya ug mahayahay pud ang kinabuhi sa mga trabahante nga maoy makapadato sa tag-iya. Minimum wage angay nga e observe.
    3.) Nindot ang negosyo sa pagkaon kay ang tawo mukaon jud.