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Sunday, July 09, 2017

Manmaru, Dulwich Hill

Crispy mochi dumpling, vegan taco rice and kakunidon at Manmaru Japanese bakery cafe in Dulwich Hill Sydney

Few places will see you torn between Japanese braised pork, taco rice and an award-winning vegan pie, but that’s the scenario you're facing at the recently launched Manmaru in Dulwich Hill. Locals noticed the former Graff Caff was turning Japanese (I really think so) at the start of the year, with a name change and menu shift. Husband and wife owners Erich and Takako Fasolin are still on-board, but Manmaru – which translates to perfect circle in Japanese – means Takako’s baking pop-ups now have a permanent home.

Roasted pumpkin and chickpea vegan pie at Manmaru Japanese bakery cafe in Dulwich Hill Sydney
Roasted pumpkin and chickpea vegan pie $8

At the counter you’ll find a baking cabinet filled with yuzu (Japanese citrus) cookies, white chocolate matcha brownies and gluten-free matcha friands. If the vegan ginger caramel apple crumble pie is in there, get your mitts on it. This beauty took out bronze at the 2017 Sydney Royal Fine Food Show. Score one for the plant-eaters. Their vegan pie – roasted pumpkin and chickpea in a crumbly pastry made using Nuttelex, took home a silver medal in the same competition.

Meat eaters can celebrate too. Manmaru’s grass-fed beef pie is made with Black Bunny dark ale by local brewers Willie the Boatman in St Peters. Even better is the fact that the café’s alcohol license means you can wash it down with a Kirin or Young Henry’s brew.

Crispy mochi dumplings at Manmaru Japanese bakery cafe in Dulwich Hill Sydney
Crispy mochi dumplings $5

The rest of the menu yields a quirky collection of Japanese-leaning dishes. Scrambled eggs are mixed with koji (the same type of culture used to make soy sauce and sake). Crispy mochi dumplings are stuffed with tofu, cabbage and quinoa.

Kakunidon braised pork at Manmaru Japanese bakery cafe in Dulwich Hill Sydney
Kakunidon $16
Braised pork with organic brown and white rice, Asian greens and soy marinated egg

Our money is on the heartier offerings like the kakunidon – sticky and tender simmered pork belly in a bowl of brown and white rice with soy sauce eggs and salad.

Vegan taco rice at Manmaru Japanese bakery cafe in Dulwich Hill Sydney
Vegan taco rice $10
Marinated soy bean with shredded lettuce, tomato and cheese on organic brown and white rice

Taco rice swaps out corn chips for organic brown and white rice, draped with tomatoes, cheese, lettuce and a sauced up textured vegetable protein that looks just like beef mince.

Be warned: seating is limited and service can be slow and distracted, but that just means more time to decide whether you’ll have the matcha cookie crumble or homemade chocolate ice magic on your vegan vanilla bean or salted caramel ice cream.

Matcha latte at Manmaru Japanese bakery cafe in Dulwich Hill Sydney
Matcha latte $4.30

Bacon egg roll at Manmaru Japanese bakery cafe in Dulwich Hill Sydney
Bacon egg roll $9
with soy marinated onion, cheese and tomato chutney

Tofu noodle salad with poached chicken at Manmaru Japanese bakery cafe in Dulwich Hill Sydney
Tofu noodle salad with poached chicken $15

Manmaru Japanese bakery cafe in Dulwich Hill Sydney


Manmaru  Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Manmaru
495 Marrickville Road, Dulwich Hill, Sydney
Tel: +61 (0)414 566 624

Opening hours
Monday, Wednesday to Friday 8am-5pm
Saturday and Sunday 8am-4pm


This article first appeared in Time Out Sydney. Read this article online or read more of my Time Out Sydney reviews.

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posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 7/09/2017 06:01:00 pm


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