There are so many new restaurants opening in Ocean Beach it is difficult to get around to all of them in a few weeks. Today my friend Candy and I decided to have lunch at “Te Mana Café” on Voltaire. The physical restaurant is a restored 1924 Craftsman house. The Cruz family lived in it for years and as they remodeled it into the restaurant it is today, they continued living in all of the rooms – although they no longer live there now. It is beautiful; well furnished, and very warming to its clientele.
“Te Mana” in Polynesian, means since the beginning of time, it is the universal force in all things and all beings. Te Mana is the essential bond uniting all things by ensuring perfect cohesion. A gift from god to men, Te Mana ensures success, the form and the balance of the one who holds it. And with that premise, on February 15th, “Te Mana” opened for business.
In talking to the three honcho’s that were there today, Marguerite, Carson and Chris, they told me that they are adding new things to their menu daily. Almost all of their offerings now are in the form of a variety of bagels, croissant’s and/or wraps. They are very creative with their offerings – a “dread loxs bagel – $6.95; Haole Bagel, – $5.95 – etc.
Since it was noon time, Candy and I both elected to have a TeMana Pulled Pork Sandwich – $5.95. Candy was concerned that it might be too spicy for her, and Marguerite offered to let her taste it before ordering. The “taste” was huge; warm and just what Candy wanted.
I would have liked it to be a little spicier, and would like to suggest that more than one sauce be available for those of us with a spicier palate. It was very tasty; served on a huge fresh bun that almost melted in our mouth. We ordered a side of macaroni salad that was made there, and it too was very good. I had a chai tea latte that was nice and complimented the meal.
While we were there, there was a steady flow of people coming in to order. Some took out their orders, while others ate there. It is very dog friendly, with water bowls and leash hooks throughout the outside. The coffee/tea menu is extensive and some of their ground coffee is available for purchase.
We were amazed that there were 4 people available to help us with our selections, deliver the food to the table, and just be friendly. Both of us would eat there again without any hesitation. One more aspect that is unusual today – the prices were all very reasonable. Lox and Bagels for $6.95 is unheard of today. Five of their other bagels were only $5.95. Yes sir! We will be back. You should try it too!