[Taipei] “Keep it from Dad” Japanese cuisine? It is the name of store Manjedad 瞒着爹 which first caught my attention on social media a few years back.
The name came about when the owner kept it from his dad and ventured on the journey of starting up his first Japanese Omakase dining restaurant.
Could be a hearsay, or a clever branding initiative.
Manjedad now owns nine stores under its belt, with majority located in Taipei.
Their first flagship Omakase store is in Taichung, which is still difficult to get a reservation.
Each store specializes in a particular kind of Japanese cuisine – from Omakase to Sushi bar, Ramen and Izakaya.
For Japanese food fanatics whom are familiar with Teppei in Singapore, Manjedad would probably be the Taiwanese equivalent.
At Manjedad Donburi 瞒着爹 八德丼飯店, one can expect thick cuts of fresh fish and seafood neatly arranged, like gathering the true essence of the ocean in a bowl.
For sashimi lover like me, the Premium Double-decked Seafood Don (NT1480, SGD$68.10) immediately caught my attention with its vibrant colours and presentation.
I somehow turned a blind eye to the hefty price tag.
Served in a two-tiered bowl, the top layer came with an assortment of premium ingredients like peony prawns, sea urchin, mentaiko, salmon, yellow tail and tuna.
The bottom layer then filled with scallop, snow crab and ikura topped on sushi rice base, which could be wrapped and eaten with the seaweed provided.
The amount of goodies in that bowl was more than sufficient to feed two to three person.
After diner finished the peony prawns, the staff would then collect back the prawn heads and whip up a serving of prawn head miso soup which was savoury and full of umami.
For smaller eaters, go for the single serving Sea Urchin, Shrimp and Scallop Don (NT720, SGD$33.10) which could promise fine, sweet fleshy seafood in a bowl.
The most popular item on menu would be their Basic Mix Seafood Don (NT520, SGD$23.90) which came with the usual seafood don favourites like salmon, scallop, prawns, squid and unagi.
A more wallet-friendly and economic option for the masses.
Other side dishes available include Mentaiko Chawanmushi (NT80, SGD$3.70), Japanese style Omelette (NT90, SGD$4.10) and Fried Fish Chin (NT200, SGD$9.30).
For dine in, there is a minimum spending of NT280, SGD$12.90 per pax and total bill subjects to an additional 10% service charge.
Manjedad Donburi 瞒着爹 八德丼飯店
No. 17, Alley 9, Lane 346, Section 2, Bade Road, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 10pm Daily
Google Maps – Manjedad Donburi
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* Written by Lewis Tan @juicyfingers, a self-proclaimed coffee addict. Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.