Mangetsu: As Japanese As It Gets
Located at 38 Jupiter in Bel-Air VillageOnce inside this restaurant, the clean and orderly look combined with cutesy Japanese details like the wall shelves filled with Sake bottles give you more reason to feel right at home. It was a good start, but we were really there for the food.
Shelf full of sake
Receiving areaThe birthday girl was running late and gave us the go signal to order the appetizers. The four of us who arrived early decided to order Salmon Sashimi with Japanese Mayo (P430) and Spicy Tuna Maki (P250/P150). The prices are a bit higher than the other Japanese places we frequent, but we also noticed that the quality and freshness of the salmon and the tuna are better. They even serve it on ice, which means they give importance to the fact that sashimi has to be served at a certain temperature. It was also during this time when we noticed the fish shaped chopsticks holder--another quirky detail we loved.
Salmon Sashimi with Japanese Mayo
Spicy Tuna Maki
Cute way to rest your chopsticksAs soon as we were complete, we ordered different items so that we’ll get to taste many things. The Sea Urchin Tempura with Wasabi Soy Sauce Dip (P295) was deliciously interesting. The famous best seller of this restaurant, Tofu Pizza (P330), deep fried Japanese tofu with cheese toppings, was also quite memorable. When you do find yourself at Mangetsu, make sure to include these two things on your order list.
Sea Urchin Tempura with Wasabi Soy Sauce Dip
Tofu PizzaRepresenting the ramen was the Miso Nikomi Udon (P310). This big bowl of hot udon noodles simmered in red miso broth with chicken and egg did not disappoint. It showed in the clean bowl after, where the noddles and soup used to be.
Miso Nikomi UdonTo share, we also had both variations of the Gyoza. Both the Pork Gyoza (P290) and the Cheese Gyoza (P320) were really great to nibble on in between sharing our mains.
Karaage Fried Chicken Thighs with three kinds of salt
Clean, orderly, and very JapaneseIf you look up Mangetsu on the web, a lot of different things come up. There’s a temple in Japan, a manga comic, and some other restaurant somewhere in Europe. But to me and my friends, it will always be that Japanese restaurant we don’t mind going back to.