Snack Bar: Part 1 – Mantun Grilli

After our visit to “Pop-Kalaset” (a music festival held annually in Ekenäs) we decided to go for the perfect hang-over food. Mantun Grilli is a well known snack bar right in the center of Turku.

At first glance it doesen’t look like much, I mean it’s a small 6m2 yellow box next to a parking lot. It’s only open Tuesday-Sunday from 6pm so during the day while passing it it’s a small closed yellow box. Anyhow leaving a bar or nightclub on weekends you’re lucky if there’s no queue because the line tend to fill upp most of the sidewalk on the late hours. It has only one table with benches to sit and eat outside and a few more benches in the surrounding park area. Most people tend to take their food home with them as take-Away.
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The Menu seems quite large for this little place but on a closer look it’s because all the extra ingredients takes most of the room. They don’t really have any “speciality” of their own, like their own hamburger, but still they are quite famous for their “Makkaraperunat” (Sausagepotatos) which is basically frozen fries with sausage bits. This is a very common dish in most snack bars i Finland but the thing that makes these special is the garlic sauce! (At least for me…other sauces also available)

This time we went home with the sausagepotatos as well, but also a hamburger with cheese. The hamburger was pretty flat beacause of the press-grill they use and had a lot of onion in it (for those who don’t like onions BEWARE). The sausagepotatos came drenched in the garlic sausage which, by my opinion, is exactly how I want them. Although worth mentioning is that the frozen potatoes tasted exaclty like that..basic frozen potatoes. Now going home from the bar a bit “tipsy” and wanting that salty fatty food this is the right place to go.

I’m going to try to scale the food 1-10:

1 – 4 (awful – not eatable)
5 – 10 (eatable-perfection)

Hamburger with Cheese: 5  (might be better changing half the onions into more sallad)
Makkaraperunat: 7
Garlic sauce: 10+ (Which basically leaves the)
Makkaraperunat with garlic sauce at: 9-

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