My high school friends and I had brunch at Manpuku on Mon. May 27. We were planning on wandering around downtown Toronto, specifically Chinatown and Kensington Market so we only ordered 3 dishes. One of my friends had the curry udon ($5.99) while another friend and I split the takosen ($2.99) and tsubugaiyaki ($5.99).
Their curry udon was good, my friend gave us some of the udon to try while we let her try the takosen and tsubugaiyaki. My friend usually orders this when she comes here. The curry udon comprises of udon noodles, vegetables, beef and Japanese curry sauce. Japanese curry differs from other curries in that it’s sweeter and much less spicier in comparison.
The takosen was delicious. The takosen is takoyaki served between 2 senbei topped with takoyaki sauce and mayonnaise. Takoyaki is octopus covered in flour in a ball-shape and grilled. Senbei is a type of Japanese rice cracker. The takosen is an interesting take on the takoyaki.
The tsubugaiyaki was scrumptious. The tsubugaiyaki is tsubugai clam dough balls with mayonnaise dressing and shrimp. I preferred the tsubugaiyaki over the takosen.
My friend also recommended the pudding for dessert however it was already sold out when we tried to order it. This is the easiest dish to sell-out so it’s best to go there really early if you want to eat the pudding. Overall, it’s an inexpensive Japanese restaurant in downtown Toronto if you’re looking for Japanese food that’s not sushi and sashimi.
- Delicious food has no boundaries, a review of Manpuku in Toronto (nikkeivoice.ca)