Restaurant review: Dondonya Shokudo chain - Japanese rice bowls galore

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 09 May, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 02 October, 2017, 11:26am

It just takes a quick glance at the menu to know that Dondonya Shokudo (branches in Quarry Bay [closed], Tai Po [closed], North Point, Tsing Yi, Tsuen Wan and five in Kowloon) specialises in rice bowls (donburi) of all types. Inexpensive and in a casual setting, the food, including the large rice bowl, is served on a tray, and you eat it with chopsticks and a spoon.

Most of the rice bowls are well under HK$100. Only a few, such as those topped with sliced deluxe seafood, snow crab, ikura (salmon eggs) or scallops cost more.

I had the classic katsudon (deep-fried pork cutlet with scrambled eggs, HK$78). The lightly breaded meat was moist and the eggs - which needed a little more sliced onion - were perfectly cooked and well flavoured. The rice doesn't disappoint.

My guest ordered a special dish which is only available until the end of this month: deep-fried pork cutlet fillet with egg in miso sauce (HK$85). The sliced pork tenderloin came with a perfectly runny onsen egg (slow-poached) and plenty of shredded cabbage.

Dondonya has other selections, including a few salads, along with hot and cold udon. All the dishes come with pickled turnip and tea, but for an extra HK$15, they will also serve a side dish, salad and miso soup.

susan.jung@scmp.com

 

Branches in North Point, Tsing Yi, Tsuen Wan, Kowloon Bay, Kwun Tong, Diamond Hill, Lok Fu and Hung Hom.