With its frigid fingers curled around the city, Winter has arrived (returned?) in an icy exhalation. The sidewalks are dusted with a glittering veil that is quickly obliterated by pedestrians treading upon it. There’s no casual idling outside today. Everyone walks at a fast clip in the fading light, heading home to seek refuge from the cold. Or if you’re me, heading out. Nights like these call for a steaming bowl of soup and levitra best price noodles to banish the lingering chill that clings to your bones. And it’s on nights like these, moreso than usual, that I seek the kingsviewacademy.com comforting warmth-in-a-bowl that Manpuku provides.

Located inside the Grange and past the main food-court area, Manpuku isn’t a fancy place, but it’s far from a hole in the wall. Udon and rice are the main offerings on the menu and nothing passes the $7 mark. For the adventurous, there’s the natto gohan as a snack. For those extra-hungry types, take note of the levitra tablets'>levitra tablets noodle re-fill option at just over $1. For those seeking more selection, make sure you check their special menu, offering dishes like Hayashi rice. Need something quick? Grab a pair of their onigiri and run.

But it is the udon that I find myself craving. Thick, with just the right chew, and swimming in a basic broth or topped with curry. I’m likely to choose any of the bowls on offer on a given night. It just depends on my mood.

This time, I opt for the niku udon to warm me back up and fend off the cold after being outside. With piles of http://overcomingovereating.com/cialis-online-pharmacy-usa thinly sliced beef (though I prefer the pork) and onions, this is a frequent order.

For the diet-concious, you can get the carb-free shirataki noodle option for an extra charge. While I enjoy the kikasocks.com crunch of this noodle, I’d stick to the basic-broth bowls when ordering this supplement. Curry shirataki noodle just doesn’t seem right.

Not on the main menu, but a staple of the special menu, is the chicken miso udon.

I also have jumbo inari as a part of my regular order these days. I can never finish both fat tofu pockets of rice, so I take one home for breakfast the next morning. It doesn’t really matter that I’m really not hungry after a large bowl of noodles. I really enjoy the taste of this and can’t resist.

For dessert, they have black sesame ice cream – intense in both colour and www.chattbike.com flavour. Though you may wish to opt for something else if you’re on a date. Maybe stick to the ice cream mochi. I suggest the red bean.

I used to order the takoyaki a lot (before inari came on http://marketmentor.org/pharmacy-levitra to the scene!). Hot spheres of a savoury custard with a nugget of http://mulepub.com/levitra-india octopus inside. I love the bonito flakes that dance from the heat emanating off the takoyaki. They seem almost alive.

Manpuku fulfills our cost-distance-taste requirements, a happy trifecta that ensures frequent visits. But it has become more than that. When you visit a place often enough, you start to notice the regulars. It’s when they start recognizing you that you realize you’re a regular too. So even after saying good night and heading out into the only for you viagra professional cold, you take the lingering warmth of noodle, soup, and company home with you.

  • Manpuku 105 McCaul St. Unit 29-31, Toronto

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