Whole buliding of restaurants belonging to the same company. Generally, the price goes up as you go up each floor(with the exception of second floor which is a newly opened steakhouse). Ramen, cafe, izakaya, yoshoku, steak house, yakiniku, shabushabu, sukiyaki, teppanyaki…all with a single theme – meat.
The lower floors are basically “family restaurants”. In Japan, family restaurants mean that they serve a variety of Western, Chinese and Japanese dishes so that all family members will be pleased, and the price is supposed to be reasonable. I think this place provides better food than most of the family restaurants I’ve tried in Tokyo, and it has better environment(nice views, clean, comfortably spacious) and better service(every single staff is attentive and polite).
Not that the food here is fantastic(^^;;) and it certainly is not worth a special trip just to eat here, but if you happen to be in Akihabara and have difficulties finding a cheap and comfortable place to eat, especially on holidays, Mansei is not bad an option.
The menus for weekdays and weekends are slightly different, e.g. some of the cheapest options are not in the weekend menu, but the menus are displayed outside the entrance of each floor so you can check them out first.
SEVENTH FLOOR SUKIYAKI & SHABU-SHABU
Roasted beef and sashimi rice bowl.
Mixed fry set lunch.
Since I was not going to eat shabu-shabu and sukiyaki for lunch by myself, I opted for other items on the menu…which unfortunately were not good.
Menu: 1, 2.
FIFTH FLOOR YAKINIKU
Wagyu karubi lunch. The beef is a mix of different quality. The additional order of karubi(480yen) is fattier and juicier though.
Bibimbap is not bad.
Menu 1, 2.
THIRD & FOURTH FLOOR YOSHOKU
Seats by the window over-looking the main street of Akihabara.
Miso-marinated Wagyu steak lunch. Comes with rice(refillable as usual) and Tonjiru.
Two weekday-only lunch sets:
Hamburger, stir-fried pork and bamboo shoot in oyster sauce. The stir-fry is a bit greasy but 890yen is good value.
Hamburger and “coin croquette” lunch. Hamburger never goes wrong.
Steak lunch. Just okay. A bit hard.
Shiratama Kinako softcream – watery and very small.
Beef stew. Plus rice, corn potage and salad, the bill came up to 2370yen. Hmm the quality is not worth the price.
3rd and 4th floor menu(J): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.
Dessert menu here.
200g loin steak. Comes with a big salad(either Italian dressing or Thousand Island), bread or rice, and coffee. Bread is refillable and is reheated everytime. Also you can ask for wasabi(two different kinds) for free – wasabi on steak is actually very nice. The set is 3200yen at lunch but 3700yen at dinner. This is the most expensive menu I tried in Mansei. Luckily the quality of the beef doesn’t disappoint – meat is very soft and juicy. Not the shimofuri(“marbled with layers of fat”) kind but lean meat.
2nd floor holiday lunch menu here.
Cheaper option “cut steak” is available during weekday lunchtime, which is basically the edges leftover from trimming a steak. Somehow the quality of the meat is not as good as the more expensive whole steak, but I think it is good for the price. All the staff in Mansei are very attentive but this floor’s service is exceptionally good. Smoking is allowed here but you can ask to sit in a small room separated from the main dining.
Double mini Filet steak. This is a cheaper version of Filet steak available on weekday lunchtime only. Very tender very nice!
All cheaper weekday lunch options are limited and they run out quite quickly.
Menu 1, 2.
FIRST FLOOR COFFEE SHOP
Hamburger Hayashi. Hamburger is good but Hayashi sauce is not.
Corn potage. Beef curry rice(quite bad).
Katsu-sando(pork cutlet sandwich). Large-size and with salad, 750yen. The sandwich is pre-made – the cutlet not freshly deep-fried, but only reheated before serving. There is already sauce on the pork cutlet which inevitably makes the crust soggy but katsu-sando is always like this. You can also buy take-out. The mocha coffee is 500yen and if you order it with the set, it is 400yen – still very expensive for a small cup of diluted coffee…
1st floor coffee shop menu(J): 1, 2, 3.
“Paigu”(fried pork rib) ramen with garlic and seasoned egg.
Premium Paigu ramen, with fried chicken leg and stir-fried vegetable toppings.
Apparently the Paigu is famous but it is too salty for me. The Premium has less fat than the regular Paigu but I find fatless pork too dry and hard. The soup and the ramen are just ordinary.
1st floor ramen shop menu(J): 1, 2, 3, 4.
Fried chicken and pork ginger.
Katsu(fried pork) curry rice. The fried pork is okay but the curry tastes like those instant boil-in-the-bag supermarket type…don’t order curry in Mansei.
Basement menu(J): 1, 2, 3.
My recommendation for lunch: go for the cheapest items on 3rd & 4th floor Yoshoku, or pay a bit more and have a nice steak on the 2nd floor steakhouse.
Found an English review here.
肉の万世 秋葉原本店 (Niku no Mansei Akihabara honten)
Add: 2-21 Sudacho, Kanda, Chiyoda-ku
This is amazing, whole building of restaurants (very convenient for people who hang out only at Akiba everyday…they can change around what they eat everytime ^^:;)
The Paigu looks like the Taiwanese kind (very yummy). Is that a balloon cow or costumed? ^^:;
Whoa the idea of it is fascinating and weird: A tower full of restaurants and the higher it is the more $$$ and gourmet is food is… metaphorical like a food chain or the class system? ^^;; What’s the restaurant on top floor?
That is a guy wearing a cow costume! ^^;;;;
The top floor is teppanyaki steak and seafood. There is cheaper weekday lunch menu too but I don’t feel like having teppanyaki by myself.
Actually this post has bad timing…I forgot about the recent tragedy until I published it.
as i looked down the page i was lyk `did seat actually try the whole building out – -b`…hahaha
i am going to osaka & fukuoka & okinawa at the end of this month and yes yes yes i have to go to mon-chou-chou >o< those roll cake photos are literally driving me mad lalala.
any recommendations for nice restaurants in these 3 places?? ^^
Yeah I read that on the news…so scary~~ If he were to have a gun and start shooting off on the crowded street….
Yeah haha, you really need to be slightly mental to try out the whole building. ^^;;;;
I hope you manage to try doujima roll in mon chou chou. I read that other cakes are good too but by the time I went all the cakes were sold out so I never tried. I’ve never been to okinawa and I really have no idea about the restaurants in Osaka and Fukuoka…sorry.
Oh I am sure if it happened in the states, more people would have died…actually that day I was planning to go to Akihabara around the time it happened, but I changed my mind last minute….lucky… -o-;;;;