Man Man by Teppei – Unagi Specialty Restaurant In Singapore, Fresh Eel CUT LIVE. With Michelin Bib Gourmand
[Updated June 2017] Man Man is listed in Singapore Michelin Bib Gourmand 2017.
Singapore must be Chef Teppei Yamashita’s lucky land. After opening up Teppei Japanese Restaurant at Orchid Hotel serving affordable omakase sets, his food ‘empire’ has spread wide with Hanare, Syokudo, and Daidokoro concepts.
All in less than 4 years. (Remembering those days when I first blogged about Teppei and there was NO QUEUE, yet.)
Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant at Keong Saik Road has been attracting long lines, especially after the Bib Gourmand win. The queue is said to be anything from 30 minutes to 2 hours, and the safest bet would be to go early evening, or late lunch (before last orders though).
The funny thing is, Owner-Chef Teppei Yamashita didn’t exactly enjoy Unagi in the first place.
However, when he tried Head Chef Nakagawa’s fresh charcoal grilled Unagi, he was touched (cue tears of joy) and wanted Singaporeans to enjoy this high quality Japanese dish.
The offerings at Man Man include Una Tama Don ($18.60+) – Unagi & Tamagoyaki on Rice; and Hitsumabushi ($26.80+) – Unagi Don with Spices & Dashi.
No service charge. Only GST.
The team from Man Man believes that this is one of the most affordable, if not the cheapest place in Singapore to enjoy Japanese imported Unagi.
The Unagi supply comes solely from the Mikawa Isshiki region, famous for supplying high quality freshwater eel.
Chef Nakagawa, who had been working in a Mikawa Unagi shop for more than 20 years, will cut the unagi live in front of diners.
I repeat, CUT THE UNAGI LIVE. In front of you.
The verdict, according to my dining partner is “Very, very oishii!” Perfectly char-grilled unagi, matched with top-grade rice, and tantalising sauces. No fishy taste too.
There are 3 sauces to choose from – sweet, normal (the same sauce they use to grill the eels) and spicy.
Aishiteru. The tamago was also done oh-so-right, soft, fluffy, not over-cooked, almost like eating sponge cake.
You can be assured of freshness at Man Man where a tank is used to house the eels. So straight from the tank, to a live demonstration of nailing the eel, removing the intestines, skewering to grilling the pieces.
Skillful act. But don’t faint when you see blood.
There are three recommended steps to enjoy the don. First, you can enjoy Unagi itself with rice. Secondly, include the spices. Lastly, pour the dashi stock over the bowl.
As an additional note, some customers have complained of disorganised queuing and mad-hot weather.
I would recommend bringing umbrella, water and a portable fan. And you cannot be Man Man (try saying in Hokkien) about it. Just saying.
Oh yes, Man Man will be opening its next outlet at DUO (Beach Road, Bugis area), so look out for it.
Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant
1 Keong Saik Road #01-01 Singapore 089109
Tel: +65 6222 0678
Opening Hours: Lunch 11:30am – 3:00pm Last order 2:30pm,
Dinner 6:00pm – 10:30pm (Mon – Sat, PH), Closed Sun
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