Imagine just how festive it would be if you lived with someone who can cook like a chef, a celebration on the dining table could be an everyday event. Such is the case for the family of Mamou owners, siblings Annie Montano and Chef Malou “Mamou” Fores, who also happen to be the sister-in-law of Cibo owner, Margarita Fores.
After a decade of success, they’ve opened their third branch and I had a wonderful opportunity to feast with Tita Annie alongside my other media friends. They didn’t just feed us with sumptuous dishes, but gave us a rich background of their humble beginnings.
Did you know that a number of their dishes have stories behind them? I was entertained hearing one after another like the Pappy’s Toast, Rau’s Platter, and Pol’s Pancakes.
This latest spot is now near my home so there’s no more excuse not to come back for their superb home cooked meals and warm dining experience. The two other branches are in Power Plant, Makati and Serendra, BGC.
From its facade to its interiors, I really am digging the new Mamou’s ambiance. The place gives off a very rustic, vintagey feel to it, like a country home with its white and red wooden furnitures, paint, and backdrop.
Our dinner started off with the Palm Spring Rolls (Php 245) made of coconut palm hearts, ground pork, chili sauce, and garlicky vinaigrette. You should alternate the two dips, as they both enrich an already wonderful appetizer.
Another dish we got to try was their Cuban Roast Pork and Chicken (Php 365 for the half size, and Php 655 for sharing). It is made up of citrus rubbed pork and chicken, buttered onions, Cuban rice, cinnamon saba, and black beans. The meats were oozing with juices and spiced just right with the sides fully complementing one another to give amazing varied tastes and textures. This dish is a must try, it’s a complete meal and it represents how Mamou works hard in their offerings. It is a trademark of their love for food!
No meal is complete without dessert and boy did they come to us like fireworks. We had the Key Lime Pie with Schlagsahne, a creamy, sweet, and tangy delight all in one; the Pecan Pie, a mushy and crunchy bite with a kick of orange zest; and the Dark Chocolate Sansrival, a masterpiece with layers of buttery and bittersweet goodness.
If you wish to know more about them, go ahead and stalk their instagram, @mymamou.