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Jun 16, 2005 03:14 PM

Manpuku BBQ

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I know it's nippon-ized korean bbq but do they also serve panchan on the sides? Is it expensive?

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    the delicious life

    you order and pay for everything, kimchee included.

    1. It's tasty, but TOTALLY overpriced for what they give you. All the pan chan costs extra, and they're pretty stingy in the serving sizes. While Korean BBQ places will happily give you more panchan if you ask for it, Manpuku won't. And if there are 2 people, you should order 2 separate pan chan plates. I say get in the car and drive the extra 10 minutes to get to Korea town and eat the real deal. Manpuku is only worth it if you're really desperate for some Korean BBQ and your car has broken down.

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      1. re: criticalmass

        I love Manpuku.. it is one of my favorite spots to take people. I love it way better than Gyu-kaku.. and Woo Lae Oak. The seaweed salad is amazing. And I also love their cold noodles in addition to their marinated meats. This is one of my favorite restaurants in LA!

          1. re: rickym13

            it's on Sawtelle & Olympic... near Hurry Curry.

        1. re: criticalmass

          yakiniku is really a whole different kind of cuisine (in taste, portion-size, and price). so i'd say you can't really compare a place like manpuku to korean bbq. i'd say there's a time and a place for both, depending on what you're hungry for.

          1. re: rameniac

            concur with meowmixx and ramenaic. yakiniku != kalbi. very different. you shouldnt compare them. it seems normal to have to pay for sides, rice, etc.

            that said, manpuku seems on par for a yakiniku place.

          2. re: criticalmass

            i would like to add that if you are going in expecting korean food, you will be disappointed. but yakiniku is not korean food. it CAN be worth it if you go in with different expectations.

            id also say that if youre expecting curries like those made in india, you will be disappointed in japanese curry houses. but if you go in expecting japanese curry, then youre fine.

          3. I tried going yesterday and it was packed! We waited a bit before giving up and leaving. Fortunately, we decided to check out Musha for the first time and were seated with no wait :)

            When I first tried GyuKaku and Manpuku, I really tried to not compare it to korean bbq - as rameniac said, it's a whole different kind of cuisine. That said, I do enjoy Manpuku (I love the tan-shio) but believe that it is overpriced. An order of garlic to put on the grill is $3.50. An order of kimchee, also $3.50. An order of lettuce for wrapping? $6.

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            1. re: MeowMixx

              How did you like Musha? (I love it there)

              I think it's crazy that they charge for all those sides, but I guess people do like it, since it was packed like you said. Personally, it would be hard for me to pay that when it comes for free at any korean restaurant (esp the garlic! love it)

              I was there years ago, and I was a bit confused since they had a huge sign that said Tokyo BBQ, but all the dishes were korean (kalbi, kimchee, etc). Not sure if it's still the same though.

              1. re: spicychow

                My sister and I noticed the korean/japanese thing too. "Karubi" instead of "kalbi", "yukke jan" instead of "yuk kae jang", etc. ESPECIALLY after getting all the free sides at korean places, I can't pay $4 for garlic. I just can't.

                I loved it at Musha!

                Had the grilled tongue, broiled mackerel (ordered this thinking it was the famous blowtorch-seared one, bummer), and the buta kakuni (braised pork belly). Everything was fantastic. The tongue was served plain with a side of sesame oil for dipping - I would have preferred a bit of salt n pepper though. The kakuni was soo soft and tender, it melted in my mouth. Served with potato and hard boiled egg, this is a fantastic comfort dish. The broiled mackerel was huge. Cooked perfectly, it was moist and tender and delicious.

                I loved the little touches - a cup of green tea at the end with that little red plum thing at the bottom, and a bag of japanese candies from the head guy as we walked out.

                1. re: MeowMixx

                  Sounds yummy! My favorite dish at Musha is the okonomiyaki-tasting noodle/pancake. Forgot what they call it, but it's really good...
                  I used to go to Musha all the time, I miss it... that is where I tried cold sake for the first time (was too busy doing sake bombs before then to enjoy the taste of sake), and saw the flask with ice compartment. thought it was so cool.

                  Yeah, I just thought it was very weird to have all these korean-named dishes and call it Tokyo BBQ at Manpuku. That is like a korean restaurant selling pho noodles and calling it Seoul Noodles or something. Maybe someone can explain why that is?

                  1. re: spicychow

                    nah i think yakiniku is pretty much acknowledged, even among the Japanese, as japanified to some extent. it's "from korea" in much the same way ramen is "from china" lol.

                    to that end i'd imagine manpuku would call it Tokyo BBQ here in LA because they realize people might get confused, especially with koreatown 10 minutes away.

                    doughnut up above posted a good analogy. it's like eating "kare" at hurry curry... you wouldn't really expect to be served the indian stuff.

            2. If it's any indication, chef Urasawa is known to eat at Manpuku on his days off. The quality of the meat is known to be very good, and accounts for some of the price.

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              1. re: E Eto

                what's the location onf manpuku? forgot it. or which one is the one to go to. i don't know if this is scariligious but i usually prefer japanese bbq to korean bbq.

                1. re: kevin

                  Basically next door to Hurry Curry on Sawtelle in the mini mall across the street from Nijiya market.

                  1. re: tony michaels

                    got it, know exactly where it is. also, i think that mini-mall has more restaurants/cafes/crepe shops for it's small size than any other in LA.