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Restaurant review: Dondonya Shokudo chain - Japanese rice bowls galore

 

It just takes a quick glance at the menu to know that Dondonya Shokudo (branches in Quarry Bay, Tai Po, Tuen Mun, Tsing Yi and four 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

 

Dondonya Shokudo, 1/F Cityplaza, Taikoo Shing, tel: 2164 8636. Open: 11.30am-10.30pm. Branches in Mong Kok, tel: 2783 0789; Diamond Hill, tel: 2715 7308; Tuen Mun, tel: 2459 7880; Tai Po, tel: 2638 1087; Lok Fu, tel: 2304 6355; Tsing Yi, tel: 3904 1613; and Kowloon Bay, tel: 2763 1918

 

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