Far from just another faddish foodery, the surf-styled Mana Burgers is serious about their “Natural Junk” concept, with a “no-BS, no-MSG” approach. Macrobiotic devotees themselves, partners Hideki and Aki don’t intend to preach. “‘Macrobiotic’ has a stern, drab image” says Hideki, and besides, “‘junk’ may have a bad image, but at least junk is fun!” Styled after a Hawaiian burger bar, Mana’s ‘junk’ offerings including hot dogs, cheeseburgers and curry- and teriyaki- burgers are all meat-free mixtures of beans, grains and spices. The menu is coded by vegan and lacto-vegetarian, including a soup of the day. The Garden Mana Burger matches the tasty, tangy Mana patty with a piquant Pacific Island dressing and a pile of garnish with beansprouts and avocado, just barely sandwiched with chunky organic bread. Mana’s breakfasts offers bagels with a selection of spreads and the Mana Bowl, a custom blend of granola with soy milk and maple syrup. Mana doesn’t claim to be for the budget diner. Burgers start at ¥580; an extra ¥300 gets you fries with herb tea or organic coffee. Hideki hopes the shop will be a “portal to healthy life”, with coffees, non-bio soaps, garments and other goods on sale, including grind-your-own peanut butter and almond spreads. Offering style and more than just imitation-meat substance, Mana Burgers delivers tasty ‘junk’ to suit every palate. Also on offer is Inka, a surprisingly convincing coffee alternative with a rich, nutty aroma, and a variety of ‘natural’ cane sodas and Japanese and Hawaiian microbrew beers.
2-15-20 Kego, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
Mon. ~ Fri.: 11:00 ~ 21:00 (lunch ~ 14:00), Sat., Sun. & Hol.: 10:00 ~ 22:00
Mana Burger ¥580, Garden Mana Burger ¥730, Mana Hot Dog ¥530, Organic, Onion Soup ¥450, Mana Bowl ¥550, Bagels ¥280 ~, Inka coffee “bestitute” ¥380