Manam is always packed. How could it not be? The restaurant has a reputation for being the best Thai in town, and the owners have remained stubbornly attached to its tiny location with only 4 tables inside. But I appreciate that; it actually reminds me of Thailand. And now that I have finally eaten there, I will not let the unavailability of a table dissuade me. The strategy has to be that you go there planning to get take-out, and if a table magically becomes free when you are there, then fantastic. Just don’t plan on it. Instead, take your steaming curry, or pad thai, and head to one of the nearby city squares or to the Isar for a picnic.
What most impressed me about Manam was, first, that it had all the standard dishes that a Thai restaurant should have on the menu (but which a lot of Munich restaurants do not, as they are a weird mixture of Thai, Vietnamese, and Chinese food which have somehow all melted into one pan-Asian cuisine). Second, Manam also had some of the standard dishes that you find everywhere in Thailand, but that can be more difficult to find outside Thailand (for example, laab, pad krapao, and som tam). Third, Manam is just good. The pad thai (it’s such a simple dish, but why do so many places get it wrong?!) tastes like it should, and the curries have enough spice that you know that you are actually eating Thai food, and not some pale imitation of Thai food created especially for western palates. Last, Manam is affordable. Most of the dishes on the menu are under 10 Euros.
Manam Thai Food & Sweet
Rosenheimer Straße 34
Open daily 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM