I had the opportunity to lunch at Mani's Bakery and Cafe on Fairfax a couple weeks ago with some friends. Our first impression of the place was that it was small and crowded, but we got a table no problem. The interior was painted funky, fun colors and we were pleased with the wide variety of the menu. However, as we were being seated I slipped on a wet spot on the floor right in front of two employees and nobody cleaned it up the whole time we were there.
I ordered a vegan breakfast burrito, one friend ordered the pesto turkey sandwich, and the other friend ordered the BBQ Ranch wrap with turkey and cheddar. The food took a while to come out and we started to wonder if it ever would. Our waters were never refilled. However, the food was wonderful! Everything was cooked and sauced perfectly and in very generous portions. We eyed what other patrons were eating and agreed that absolutely everything looked good. The accomodating attitude towards allergies/dietary choices was a huge plus!
After the meal we agreed that it was a bit overpriced for the "trandy factor" but overall a good place to have lunch. We indulged in some baked goods also: between the three of us we immediately fell for the chocolate-dipped chocolate chip cookies and the chocolate dipped peanut butter bites. The chocolate truffle cupcake was incredibly rich and not too sweet, which was just how we like it. The cake part fell apart pretty easily but was still delicious. One friend tried a fruit turnover and remarked that it could use more filling and less dough. The guy helping us at the bakery counter was very patient, helpful, and good-natured as we exclaimed over what to try.
Overall Mani's impressed us and we walked out very satisfied and would definitely go again if we were in the area.
Mani's Bakery & Cafe
519 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036