Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant – 2nd Branch At DUO Near Bugis, Offering DUO Unagi
Instead of one queue, you will get DUO queues. LOL.
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 is to go very early evening before store opening, or late lunch (before last orders though).
I have previously queued for about one and a half hours for that coveted bowl, and standing in line in that heat is no joke. The queue can be confusing and frustrating for some, as you really never know where the line would go.
With that said, I observed that those who dined solo or in pairs got seats faster than those in groups 4 and more.
Hopefully, with another outlet, the long wait will be eased.
Its second branch is located at DUO #01-48, a contemporary twin-tower integrated mixed-use development, located on a site bordered by Ophir Road, Rochor Road and Beach Road.
It is of walking distance from Bugis MRT Station.
The Unagi supply comes solely from the Mikawa Isshiki region, famous for supplying high quality freshwater eel.
Man Man, also helmed by Chef Nakagawa who had been working in a Mikawa Unagi shop for more than 20 years, is known for its fresh unagi cut live in front of diners.
However, there is no live killing of eels at DUO. Understandable due to the lack of space, but I wonder if that will diminish the draw.
The most popular choice at Man Man is the Large Hitsumabushi ($35.80+) which contains grilled eel on rice, with soup, pickles, additional broth and spices.
Diners are supposed to consume the Hitusumabushi three ways.
Firstly, the unagi can be eaten plain with rice in a separate small bowl.
Next, you can include some grated wasabi and one of the three sauces (sweet, normal or spicy) within the mixture. I liked the spicy sauce best.
The third way is to pour dashi stock into the small bowl with some eel and rice. Quite warm and comforting.
I noted that most diners just eat their food straight from the large bowl though.
The DUO branch has an in-house exclusive of “DUO Unagi” ($39.40+) in which a bowl contains both Tokutoku Kabayaki (seasoned with Unagi sauce) and Tokutoku Shirayaki (broiled and seasoned with salt).
Seems on the expensive side, and the broiled eel wasn’t as impressive as the grilled pieces.
Other friends have feedback that the new place was “freaking hot” with poor ventilation and uncomfortable bar stools, which affected the dining experience.
I went anonymously on my own, and agreed that the vibes were not quite the same, with the entire space rather warm and stuffy.
Moreover, the seat allocated (as you could tell from the photo) was extremely cramped. I didn’t have space to hold up utensils properly, even when the diner beside me was considered petite in size.
All right, so I will most likely not queue anything more than half hour for this (people put different value on time).
The plus points were the experience of watching the preparation of the unagi; some involvement needed in grating of the wasabi; and that the eel tasted different from most others – nicely crisp, didn’t have a weird smell or taste.
The sauces, especially the unagi and spicy ones, were tasty as well.
Unfortunately, branch 2 didn’t seem to work as well as the main outlet in terms of space and ambience. More like an eat-and-go place.
Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant – DUO
7 Fraser Street, Duo Galleria #01-48, Singapore 189356
Opening Hours: Lunch 11:30am – 3:00pm Last order 2:30pm,
Dinner 6:00pm – 10:30pm (Mon – Sat, PH), Closed Sun
Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant
1 Keong Saik Road #01-01 Singapore 089109
January 20, 2018