Manpuku West LA is our first flag ship restaurant of Japanese style BBQ. Manpuku is a very popular Japanese barbeque restaurant. Manpuku's favorite, a ... More
Manpuku Tokyo BBQ
Manpuku West LA is our first flag ship restaurant of Japanese style BBQ. Manpuku is a very popular Japanese barbeque restaurant. Manpuku's favorite, a salt seasoned beef meat with spicy green onions and sesame flavor. We hope all of Los Angeles enjoy a unique flavor of Manpuku West LA.
This is my favorite Japanese Korean BBQ taste. The Kobe Fingers and a the Rib Eye are a must. Very tender and flavorful.
The meat quality is A plus plus.
The downside is that the place is a little small and the wait can be longer after 7:00pm. It's also a little pricey and the service is not terrific. But if you like bbq and care for great taste, than this is the place to check out!
We were around Sawtelle St Japanese restaurant row and happen to see Manpuku. The prices were average, maybe a little cheaper than Gyu kaku. The taste was very good and the side dishes were a nice sampler of korean-style vegetable. I tried the box lunch, which had kalbi and chicken.
My gripes are two part. Inside the place was a little too smokey due to a poor ventilation system. Most korean bbq places will have vents at the top and bottom of the cooking area. It look like here, only the top was vented. The guy next to me couldn't take it any more and had to step outside.
Most bbq places you can expect a little bbq smell on your clothes after, but this was kind of excessive.
The other was parking is kind of tough. We went on a weekend, so I can only imagine what parking must be like on a weekday.
Overall it was a good experience and I would recommend this place. A lot of japanese nationals were there, so it is probably a place to remind them of home.
This is a favorite lunch stop for me on weekends, so I don't go in that much for the cook-it-yourself barbecue dishes. Then again, I don't usually have to wait for a seat, either. Favorite dishes include the various lunch boxes, especially the dark meat chicken; the beef outside skirt bowl; and the reimin -- a spicy cold noodle soup that sits well on a hot day. Be sure to ask for mugi-cha, a kind of roasted barley water equivalent of ice tea that is healthy and refreshing.
Good food although the portions are small. You can grill your meat right at the table. The ventilation is much improved as well since the remodel. Not meant for large parties though. The tables only seat four comfortably. I would recommend for red meat eaters.