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Little Manila


Najda St.(Opposite Burjeel Hospital).


4⭐

There is no denying Manila is an 8 hour flight but with these new Filipino restaurants opening in every corner there is, it is somehow getting closer.

Little Manila is a new concept where popular food court stalls in malls are under one roof. The place is a 2-storey restaurant decorated with food posters, fiesta items and Filipino memorabilia. A bumper of the iconic jeepney greets you almost saying "let us take you home". It is a little airy on the first floor, perhaps brought about by the natural light that gets in. It is also where you order food. The second floor feels a little industrial with an exposed ceiling painted black cleverly and playfully colorblocked by the cool yellow, blue, and red chairs(the Philippine flag colors)and some lighting.

There are 6 or 8 mini shops where you can order snacks, fruit shakes, mochicreams, breads and cakes. Me and my friends ordered something for lunch and i got the beef tapa(marinated beef, 20 dirhams with red iced tea). It is a popular all day breakfast food from Binalot, and true to its name, it was wrapped in banana leaf which added an inviting aroma. My friends seemed to have enjoyed the bangus sinigang and chicken barbeque.

One thing that should not be missed at this place is the ensaymada at the bakery. For 10 dirhams, you get 5 very soft buns topped with cream and cheese. It is so addicting and perfect for snacking anytime. I am so going back again just for this.

Little Manila may just offer humble foodcourt food, but what's inside is a Filipino experience where food, friends, family and laughter all come in to feel a little bit closer to home. :)

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