My family ate here on every trip to Cebu since 2001. It was the best restaurant in the Philippines! However, on Sunday, May 13th, 2012 we experienced the worst culinary nightmare of our lives! The man behind the seafood counter picked our squid for both our Calamari rings and for grilled squid, large prawns for Tempura, and we also ordered a plate of Bihon Guisado for one of our daughters. Everything was fine until my daughter took a few bites of Guisado. She is normally a huge eater, but she said she was not very hungry! Next, I ate a Calamari ring, it had a strong after flavor like dead seafood on the beach after a storm. Not good at all! I next tried my wife's grilled squid, it had the same, but stronger stench to it which made me realize that this food was not the same as we had eaten for the last 10 years! The worst episode of the day was when my Shrimp Tempura was delivered about 20 minutes after all the other food. At first bite it was too soft textured to be fresh, but as I was hungry, I ate one anyway. Then grabbed number the two shrimp and took one bite that was absolutely the worst putrid slim I have ever put into my mouth. Even the table next to us looked over at our table to see where the stench was coming from! this dish was absolutely spoiled from top to bottom, but the second shrimp was the most sickening! What made the meal worse was that after we had the server smell the remaining piece of the number 2 shrimp he raced off with it to the manager to ask what to do with this smelly mess that he had just served. The manager never even bothered to visit our table, he just told the server that there was nothing he could do about it. After I complained a little louder about this smelly putrid meal and asked to see the manager, the server again left and come back with a offer of a discount of less than one tenth of the bill for the spoiled items. We just arrived home in Dumaguete, two days later, after having to stay an extra day in a hotel in Cebu with severe stomach pains and diarrhea which prevented me from even leaving the room for over 24 hours! I can only guess that the Manna restaurant we once loved and adored has been sold to a new unscrupulous owner or that a new manager has recently replace the old manager. never in my 60 plus years of dining have I experienced a more horrible table of what was supposed to be food! I will never visit the Manna Restaurant again as long as I live and I strongly suggest that if you ever visit this place that you smell each piece of supposedly fresh seafood at the counter in front before you buy anything for them to cook for you! I have never been sicker in my life nor more disgusted with the management of any business than I am today! Shrimp, squid and the chunks of shrimp in the Guisado was all very old and spoiled. Not just a little spoiled, Think "at the bottom of the garbage can for a week spoiled!" No cook could have possible missed this terrible odor!
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