As close to real Thai as possible in Munich. If I was to nitpick, I'd say the Pad Thai is great but the curries are slightly too salty.
Service, ambience, total experience is very Thai: not pleasant by any means but the food speaks for itself. The place really gets busy around meal times.
Manam.....proof you should NEVER judge a book by it's cover. I honeslty never really noticed it because it is tucked conveniently next to one of those cheesy casino's that seem to ooze sketchiness. However, ignore that! Just go in, grab a menu, and get ready for your taste buds to be blown.
Everything on the menu sounded great, so I basically just closed my eyes and pointed to something. Lucky for me it landed on item number 10, aka the Pad Nor Mai (and I chose chicken to go with it). If you like spicy, then you'll be happy to know that this dish comes with chili peppers already chopped in it. However, if you want your eyes to bleed, you can always add even more peppers :) This dish was perfect....I literally wouldn't change a thing.
The guy I was with had the number 4 , aka the Gaeng Massaman with tofu and man was that spicy too! Talk about flavor explosion in my mouth! I am so happy he took me here. I literally have 0 desire to go to one of the nicer looking Thai restaurants in Munich, because this hole-in-the-wall works just fine for me :) Seriously, get your tail in here right now!!!
p.s-I only dock a star because, like Mark. B. states below, it is hot as hell in here. Okay, yes I understand the kitchen is literally an arms length away, but can they at least put a fan in here?! Next time I'll probably just grab some food to go :)
My favourite Thai inTown!
As said in the previous reviews it's very tiny, warm, smelly (food odours of course) and the staff could be more friendly (I kinda understand as it's so crowded and probably stressful, no time to deal with pickiness)...but the food is just as in Thailand. And it tastes like a spicy paradise.
The spiciness is on the right level, like it would be over there.
So if you are not used to it...it's gonna burnnn! But again, it's delicious and they use the right ingredients, not like most of the Thai Restaurants in Munich.
Just believe the spiciness indicator on the menu: one pepper is already very hot!
My advice is to arrive early, if you go there for lunch, or late, because it's just that good! Expect a whole lot of people wanting to go there.
You can take the pad thai with pork or chicken if you are afraid of spices. It's one of the best I ever had.
There is also the Khao man gai, which is chicken on top of garlic boiled rice and an awesome ginger chilli sauce that you pour on top; served on the side with a celery soup.
For the spicy bit : I really like the dish with the pine apple though, number 12 on the menu.
It's crowded, it's hot inside & cold outside, it's sticky and staff could be friendlier. But hey the food is the best Thai food in town.
So if you want to enjoy it it's best to take away. Buy count in 20-30mins waiting time as there are many people having the same idea. Did I mention that the food is great? Ohh yes it is.
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.
Best Thai food in town! If you are searching for good Thai you should absolutely try Manam. It is very fool, but is worth it
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.
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.
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.
Tiny snack bar style with 4 teeny 4tops. Lots of table sharing but cutely decorated and delicious, non-germanized, thai food...
If ou want a nice sit-down restaurant, this is not the place for you.
If you want fantastic, really spicy Thai food, either eat in or take out, this is the place!!
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.
A hole in the wall. Had the Pad Kaprao and it was actually REALLY spicy which was great. Will go back to try other dishes.
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