Mana! Fast Slow Food
English Address : 92 Wellington Street Central
Chinese Address : 中環威靈頓街92號
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Phone No. : 2851 1611
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Categories : Western | Coffee & Tea Shop | Vegetarian | Dessert | Pizza
Spending : $41-$100
Overall Score : 3.9
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Opening Hours: 星期一至五: 08:00-22:00
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The zaatar love affair
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food minister (5 Review(s))
At Mana, I rediscovered my love affair with zaatar..... it's a middle eastern spice blend of sumac, herbs, and sesame that's tangy and aromatic. It jogged memories of my university days in Montreal, where I often bought flatbread wraps sprinkled with zaatar and filled with lettuce, tomatoes, and olives. A filling meal for less than HK$20.
A similar wrap at Mana is almost four times the price, but I have to admit I went two days in a row this week, wanting more of that herby, crispy flatbread. Both times, I ordered the "Mana! Bliss" wrap, which is a zaatar-topped toasted flatbread filled with hummus, spinach, cucumber and avocado ($75). The cool, fresh ingredients inside was a welcoming contrast from the piping hot bread. You could also choose other fillings like haloumi cheese, roasted vegetables, garlic mayonnaise. I thought the flatbreads were a bit light on the zaatar, but perhaps I'm just more heavy-handed with the spices.
The second time I had the Mana! Bliss, the flatbread wasn't nearly toasted enough and didn't have any of the crispy edges I was so much looking forward to, and left it tasting a bit too doughy. So I would encourage you ask the staff to toast it well to make your $75 experience worthwhile! It would actually be quite easy to recreate the wrap at home using pita bread and Mana does sell zaatar by the pack ($100).
It's worth a try if you're vegetarian or if you're around the area and looking for a quick, healthy bite, but I'm not sure if the price will sit right with everyone. But for a Central office worker who may spend $60-70 at Simply Life or Pret A Manger anyway, this is a good alternative.
Date of Visit: 2013-04-29
Takeaway Wait Time: 10 Minutes
Spending per Head: HKD75 (Lunch)
Rating : Taste4 Environment3 Service3 Hygiene4 Value for Money3
Favourite Organic food lunch spot
Green_Button (4 Review(s))
Revisit Mana at least once a week because it is one of the only salads I can get that actually leave me full and satisfied.
Was pleasantly surprised by the change in salad options: now including kale and a wonderful mix of seeds with the quinoa (cannot get enough of that)
The small salad is always a perfect amount of food, along with one of their delicious juices I am never disappointed when I go.
Tried the sun juice this time and was delicious as usual. I love the taste of ginger and was not too spicy as some people may be apprehensive of.
Being an environmental conscious person, the segregated recycling bins are always a pleasure to see when they are filled with the right materials as well.
Overall a thumbs up once again.
Recommended Dish(es): Sun Juice
Date of Visit: 2013-02-21
Takeaway Wait Time: 5 Minutes
Spending per Head: HKD107 (Lunch)
Rating : Taste5 Environment4 Service4 Hygiene4 Value for Money5
Wheatgrass shot @ Mana! Fast Slow Food
supersupergirl (2536 Review(s))
Initially I was attracted to this place because of the wraps, but I was full today so I could only order a drink.
The decor at this place is really nice, it reminds me the Aztecs.
They also promote recycling too with separate bins for specific items such as papers, plastics etc.
For those who are thirsty there is Sun Juice, filtered water from the self service tap with biodegradable cups.
I loved the foam on top, however on my first sip it was sweet. I think I will ask for it unsweetend next time because I want to try it in its most natrual form because I was looking forward to a really grassy taste.
The taste was not that grassy because I have tried wheatgrass juice before in UK and this one was slightly different.
It tasted similar to seaweed.
Anyway I can't wait to try their other stuff soon and one of their drinks that has a paper straw.
Service charge: No
Yummy factor: OK
Sweetness levels: Slightly too sweet
Napkins provided: Yes
Glass of water provided: Yes
English Menu: Yes
Rating : Taste3 Environment3 Service3 Hygiene3 Value for Money3
Healthy organic food
jen1121 (4 Review(s))
I spotted Mana! when i was lining up for nha trang the other day!
It looks very interesting, dark, rustic and woody place.. their packaging are eco-friendly as well, and they have a fountain where customers can drink their filtered water.
Mana! is more of a takeaway place. I got their signature "flats", i got the "Autumn" with roast veggies, rockets, and haloumi. they are not cheap (around $70) but the portion is big! I couldn't finish it at one go so I left some for later in the day
Also enjoyable was the "earth" juice with apple celery, carrot, beet.
I can imagine myself returning to Mana! when I feel like having healthy food, or when i feel like I've eaten too much greasy or sinful stuff!!
Date of Visit: 2012-10-11
Healthy, delicious and eco-friendly!
Stephs852Diary (137 Review(s))
Having tried quite a few vegetarian restaurants in town lately, I must admit that I either don’t like the taste, find the food too oily, or don’t feel full at all. However, at Mana, an eco-friendly restaurant which serves raw, veggie, organic food, I am able to find simple delights which are not only healthy to the body, but also taste divine!
Opened by Bobsy, the guy behind Life Cafe, and a veggie rower, Christian G. Mongendre, Mana seeks to promote a sustainable lifestyle and conscious consumption. Located on Wellington Street next to the Vietnamese restaurant Nha Trang, Mana is a hip and stylish place, with a dark, woody interior and a backyard with a seating area and a fountain providing free filtered drinking water; it could get very hot in the summer in the backyard, but with upbeat yoga music playing in the background, the experience is not all that bad! All containers and cutleries are biodegradable, the ingredients are locally sourced where possible to support Hong Kong farmers, and non-customers are encouraged to pop in to refill their water bottles - talk about being virtuous and doing nice things for our planet!
(1) Mana is proud of it’s “flats”, which are flatbreads that are freshly baked on the spot in their brick oven, using with a variety of organic flours, and then generously spread with “Zaatar”, which is a mixture of thyme, sumac, sesame seeds and sea salt. The Autumn flatbread ($70) is what got a lot of girls addicted to this place! This hearty, delicious flatbread was filled with roasted veggies, Haloumi & Rocket. The roasted veggies and rocket were wholesome and refreshing, and the haloumi (for those of you who don’t know, it is a cheese made from a mixture of goats’ and sheep milk, popular in Cyprus, Greece and the Middle East) had a beautiful aroma, a gorgeously firm and chewy texture, and was deliciously sliced into thin pieces. As I did not read the menu properly, for the first few times I had this flatbread, I thought I was eating Mozzarella cheese, only to realise that it was something else when my friends kept saying “oh the haloumi is amazing!”
(2) The Summer flatbread ($70) is very similar to the Autumn flatbread, except that it has tomatoes and mint as its filling instead of roasted veggies and rocket. As its name suggests, this flat had light, delectable summery flavours, but I personally preferred the Autumn flatbread which was more filling.
(3) As I love hummus and avocado, I also tried this Winter flatbread ($70), which had an inspiring combination of avocado, hummus, cucumber and salad mix in it. The avocado and hummus were creamy and full of delicious flavours, and I was over the moon when I thought about how healthy and full of vitamins this organic flatbread was!
(4) While the girls rave about the Autumn flatbread, the boys seem to prefer this Burger ($65) which was more substantial than the flatbread, and had a piece of marvellously grilled tofu, haloumi, and veggies sandwiched in a heartening wholemeal bun.
(5) Everyday, Mana will serve one of its 3 Raw Vegan Cakes -Berry, Chocolate or Coconut. On most days, we would go to Red Mango across the road for a frozen yogurt after lunch at Mana, but one day I tried a piece of Raw Berry Cake ($45), which was in an alluring purple colour. The cake was butter soft and was permeated with fresh berry flavours; it was not as heavy and buttery as a normal piece of cake, but not a bit less delicious!
(5) As Mana tries so hard to save the environment, packaging is absolutely minimal. When I ordered the Raw Chocolate Truffle ($25), I thought that the waitress had missed my order as it was wrapped up in a piece of tissue napkin! This ball of chocolatey, nutty goodness was absolutely awesome, with a smooth, alluring chocolate filling on the inside, and gorgeously chunky nuts on the outside. Perhaps a bit expensive for a little ball that I ate in 5 seconds, but the taste was terrific!
With the amount of oily, fatty food that I eat during the week, I am so glad that a place like Mana exists, and its proximity to my office means that I could always pop in for a mid-week detox. I always leave Mana feeling fantastic, and I would really recommend the Autumn flatbread to my friends who are not used to eating vegetarian foods. As I am writing this review, Mana’s mantra resonates in my head - “Eat it like it matters”!
Rating : Taste5 Environment4 Service5 Hygiene5 Value for Money4
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