What’s all the fuss about Mana Bu’s?

Musubi, better known to others as rice balls and a staple in Hawaii and Japan is Mana Bu’s speciality. Mana Bu’s was bombarded by people this past Saturday who were waiting in line to purchase musubi, salad, muffins, mochi, and or custard.

I, like many others read a newspaper article about Mana Bu’s. Since I live a couple of blocks from Mana Bu’s (1618 S. King Street), I decided to finally try it. Unfortunately, I got there a little after 10:45 a.m. on Sunday and most of the food was gone. Mana Bu’s was blessed with a lot of free publicity from the media so they were overwhelmed.

Husband Ron talks his daily walks on King Street and said that there is always a line of people waiting.

I decided I would be smart and fax my order to Mana Bu’s. I faxed my order on Monday to 945-2323. Manabu himself called and confirmed my order and said that the only thing I could order in advance was the musubi.

Mana Bu’s is open from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. or until all the food is gone which is usually before noon. I would strongly suggest you either call 358-0287 or fax your order so you won’t be disappointed. Fillings include ume, kombu, shiso & wakame, baked salmon, tuna-mayo, teri spam, hijiki, and daily specials. The white rice musubi are $1.20 a piece while the brown and ten grains rice are $1.50 a piece.

Mana Bu’s also serves a sweet rice & pilaf (sekihan, green peas okowa, curry, or shoyu) for $1.50 a piece.

I received a call today from Manabu at 12:10 p.m. telling me to call his cell number or knock on the door to pick up my order since the restaurant was closed. I purchased 3 musubi, 1 baked salmon ten grain musubi, 1 spicy ahi ten grain musubi, and 1 brown rice teri spam musubi. The musubi were very tasty and healthy. Maria and I each had 1 1/2 and were both full.

I definitely will go back. I would like to try the pumpkin, strawberry mochi, and custard.  I don’t know when the lines will end. Manabu said he and his wife now start cooking at midnight for the 10:30 a.m. opening.  While we were eating our musubi in the car, several people went to Mana Bu’s and were disappointed since the okazuya was closed. Hint and strong suggestion…order 24 hours in advance and you won’t be.