You know those amazing stories your free-spirited world traveler friend tells you about his time backpacking through southeast Asia, when ducking from the bedlam of a market into a back alley with 25 cents landed him the most delicious meal of his young life, served with the heat of hell and chopsticks?
Remember the envy you felt as he described sweating in solidarity with the other famished patrons as they feasted on chilis and vegetables and meats and seafoods, slurped on soups, and cooled themselves with beverages grabbed straight from the refrigerator, then stacked the empty dishware like rice cakes to save space in their miniature surroundings?
Remember the hunger? The desire? The lust for life that only a flavourful dish can incite, but also can it alone quench?
That place exists. Here. In Munich. It's called Manam. There are four tiny tables that miraculously (literally, it's a miracle) provide enough eating space for 16 people. In the same room is the kitchen. Ahhhhh, no secrets here - just honest to goodness Thai food. You'll leave with smiles and a lingering scent on your jacket for souvenirs. The scent will fade, but that memory....
Well, next time, you get to share the amazing story and cause envy in your friends.
Food was good but entirely overshadowed by the terrible atmosphere. The entire restaurant is the size of a small bedroom and even smaller when omitting the kitchen (which emits incredible heat, noise, and smoke). The service was awful and aggressively angry despite the very necessary need to compensate for the size and temperature of the room. I was pushed and shoved several times during my meal by both the waitress and other guests (though the guests at least apologized). By the end of the meal I felt like I had spent 18€ to eat in hell, as the temperature continued to rise, the walls closed in, and the waitress increasingly treated me like I had murdered her entire family. I hear it's the best Thai in town but don't consider for a sit-down meal and buckle up if you're going for takeout because the staff was equally as terrible to those poor people as well.
Das Essen war gut, aber vollständig von der schrecklichen Atmosphäre überschattet. Das gesamte Restaurant ist die Größe von einem kleinen Schlafzimmer und sogar kleiner, wenn das Weglassen der Küche (die unglaubliche Hitze, Lärm und Rauch abgibt). Der Service war schrecklich wütend und aggressiv, trotz der Notwendigkeit, sehr notwendig für die Größe und Temperatur des Raumes zu kompensieren. Ich war mehrmals in mein Essen sowohl von der Kellnerin und andere Gäste (obwohl die Gäste zumindest entschuldigt) gedrückt und geschoben. Bis zum Ende der Mahlzeit, die ich fühlte mich wie ich war 18 € ausgegeben, um in der Hölle zu essen, wenn die Temperatur weiter an, schloss die Wände, und die Kellnerin mich immer behandelt, als hätte ich ihre gesamte Familie ermordet. Ich habe gehört, es ist der beste Thai in der Stadt, aber nicht für ein Sit-down-Menü prüfen und anschnallen, wenn Sie zum Mitnehmen gehst, weil das Personal war genauso schrecklich, die armen Menschen auch.
I decided to return after I had sworn to never come back again. The Thai lady who owned the place was incredibly arrogant, and whenever I asked for less spicy food for my friends, she would bark back a "No! Cannot cook not spicy! Not tasty!" And make it extra spicy in spite, to a degree where even myself could not eat it.
Now the service has not exactly improved, the food is barely edible.
Proof that great things often come in small packages: Gary Coleman and Manam.
Although with only room for 10 very friendly people in it's tiny (read: closet-sized) dining area, Manam is probably the best and most authentic Thai I've found in Munich yet.
Located on a famous strip of Asian stores and restaurants off of Rosenheimerplatz, it's easy to miss this pint size place. But as you double back and look in on the little fishbowl of happily munching people, you've found the right place.
We started with some tasty ginger tea and then moved on to #25, some sort of purple-hued seafood soup, stocked with fishes, and #15, the standard and tasty Pad See Eiw. Simple, high-quality and very tasty.
Even if we no longer have Gary Coleman, Manam is still up and popping, so squeeze in and enjoy.
Fantastic!! Tiny place near Rosenheimer Platz. Real atmosphere of street food in Asia. only seats about 12 people with an open kitchen with all the sizzles, sounds and great smells that you get when eating in Thailand.
Their Laab (a VERY hot Laotian dish) is not just purely hot, but very flavourful.
The lady taking the orders doesn't smile much, but this is not because she is unfriendly, but becas=use she got braces and is embarrassed....
simple to read menu with every dish costing either EUR 7,- or 8,- depending on meat or seafood. portions are not huge, but you don't leave hungry.
Best Thai/Asian in Munich by a mile!!
Very simple yet very authentic Thai food. Probably the closest to real Thai in town. Lots of homemade stuff. Only drawbacks: the place is so small it is impossible to find a table in the rush hour, they do not sell alcoholic beverages, the curries are sometimes a bit rushed
This is another place we sometimes go to for lunch at work. As other reviewers have pointed out, it's tiny and a lot of their business is take out. It's really good though and reasonably fast (they somehow squeeze three cooks into their tiny kitchen).
Some dishes are unusually hot, like the #22. Last time I was there I played it very safe and had the Pad Thai (#16) with chicken, and it was a good Pad Thai. Another colleague went for sticky rice with beef, not sure what the number is, and he was very happy with his choice (but bring a pair of latex gloves as you will get oily as you try to maneouver the sticky rice out of the plastic bag it was cooked in). Prices are reasonable, my Pad Thai was 7 € and other dishes 7 - 9 €. Not the strongest four stars ever but I'll stick with it, especially considering the price. Worth a visit (S-Bahn to Rosenheimer Platz, East exit, south side of the street) if you're in the general area.
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