Music to my ears, Sound of Music’s song “So Long, Farewell” slowly sings like a repetitive machine. Sad to admit, Magnum Manila needs to march towards the exit door and wave goodbye to us. Hay… I know. That was a fast journey for Magnum Manila considering some of you didn’t have the chance to pay a visit yet.
Don’t stay upset. You still have time. Just enough time to turn on your engines and drive to Magnum Manila in SM Aura before it completely closes on July 26, 2015.

The Food:

Cajun Spiced Chicken Poppers (Php 180)
Rate: 4/5
Where have I been all the time while I was in Fort? And I never thought of taking my lunch at Magnum Manila? Many of us forget the savory part of Magnum Manila and assume it’s a dessert bar alone. Thank goodness I still had time to catch up!
Began my savory journey with Cajun Spiced Chicken Poppers, a starter you shouldn’t belittle. Very well seasoned with the right spice as you meet its crunchy ends.
Bacon Fried Fries (Php 215)
Rate: 4/5

Thick Bacon Fried Fries is an alternative starter for potato giants. Thrice cooked hand cut potatoes with crunchy bacon slices, garlic and cheese steams you before you hit dessert.

Baked Mussels in Fundido (Php 350)
Rate: 4/5
Next in line, you have to pluck these Baked Mussels in Fundido out of its shells. Using chilean mussels this time, Magnum made it to a point to arouse as it baked the mussels with seasoned crumbs, salsa, and homemade Mexican cheese sauce.

Breakfast Burger (Php 550)
Rate: 4/5

Not too soon for dessert if you haven’t taken a stop over at Magnum’s burgers, specifcially Breakfast Burger. Made with wagyu beef patties, you need to advise the server to adjust the temperature of your patty according to your likings. With the patties, you get to a sunshine of sunny side up egg plus long and crisp bacon.

Magnum Burger (Php 400)
Rate: 4/5
If you’re not quite wild with mixing up ingredients, the classic Magnum Burger fits your foodie personality. Levels of 1/3 wagyu beef patty, melted cheddar cheese, lettuce and tomatoes in soft regular burger buns.
Salmon Steak with Soba (Php 470)
Rate: 5/5

Disregarding the fact Magnum leaves the town soon, Salmon Steak with Soba is something to run back for. Cooked salmon marinated in miso, crusted with sesame seeds and seared. May not be marked as everyone’s top choice but it ranks one of the highest on my list.
Magnum Bolognese (Php 300)
Rate: 4/5

On a lazy day, I will only stand up for a plate of spaghetti bolognese. Magnum Bolognese added a touch of difference from the classic old spaghetti we all know of by finishing it with Belgian chocolate shavings. It doesn’t drive away from the classic comfort food worth waking up for.

Crepe du Jour (Php 380)
Rate: 4/5

A Christmas-looking dessert, Crepe du Jour, is a fiesta of Belgian Chocolate Magnum Bar, fruits and crepe in a pot. I found the crepe too thick and crowded with fruit chunks and cream.

Make My Heart Melt (Php 380)
Rate: 5/5

First, I stared at the dome and assumed it’s an ordinary chocolate cake with magnum bar inside. Once the guy poured caramel sauce over, my expectations was surpassed by the gentle melt of chocolate opening wide a big surprise of delight inside. Classic Magnum bar, brownies and fruits were the gifts inside a chocolate dome to Make My Heart Melt. To watch the video, check out my instagram post on this.

Matcha Lava Cake (Php 280)
Rate: 5/5
When you’re in Magnum Manila, the choices pinned on the menu appear to be distracting. First you want this dish, then when you flip the page, you’ll change your mind to the other one. I had a number of options until I saw Matcha Lava Cake that made my decision final. A wondrous plate of matcha lava cake, Magnum bar, strawberries, crushed pistachios and vanilla sauce with black sesame seeds, that invites matcha lovers/addicts like me to advance towards the dessert immediately. I remembered Yabu while grinding the black sesame seeds.
Magnum Popcorn (Php 280)
Rate: 5/5
Once you try Magnum Popcorn, you can’t stop! The best dessert Magnum Manila created for me. My personal favorite that I can’t believe I’m saying goodbye to…soon! 🙁 White Chocolate Belgian Magnum Bar with an explosion of sweet and salted Parmesan popcorn, almond and bacon bits, sliced marshmallows for a stickier texture, and maple syrup for another blend of sweetness. My fingers couldn’t resist flying to the irresistible popcorn! I want more!

The Ambiance:

At Magnum Manila, the ice cream bar has enough space to get comfortable whether on couch seats or long tables for big groups. Diners may sit for a la carte orders of sweet and savory plates. During after lunch hours, around 2-4pm, the place gets packed for dessert hunters.
 The room has an ice cream bar side where you can line-up and customize your own Magnum bar.
Hey Magnum Manila, is there another way to make you stop leaving? Hay… I will miss you.
If you haven’t created any memories in this pop-up store, you still have time to visit Magnum Manila until July 26, 2015.
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Location: 5/F SM Aura Premier, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Operating Hours: 10:00AM-11:00PM
Contact: (+632) 869-7916
Budget: PHP400++

Food 9/10
Ambiance 9/10
Service 8/10
Cost 8/10
Overall 8.5/10