Dondonya Shokudo, Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong
Dondonya Shokudo is a ‘modern Japanese casual dining restaurant specialized in authentic and quality Japanese Donburi and rice dishes’. Apparently it uses special ‘Akitakomachi short grain rice from the Niigata prefecture of Japan’ – I am no expert in rice but I have to say it was pretty good! It’s inexpensive (think most items are less than HKD100) and the atmosphere is very casual.
I have been here a number of times now, mainly for lunch and the food has always been consistently good. This particular Dondonya Shokudo can be found in City Plaza in Taikoo Shing (the only one on Hong Kong Island!). They have other branches in Kowloon and New Territories.
On my first visit, I couldn’t go past the deep-fried pork cutlet with egg and rice (HKD78) – I think I have had this few times now. The pork is tender and crunchy and I love the soft gooey egg and onions underneath it. The rice for me was a little too much but it was good.
The 2nd visit, I had the pork slices with rice. Again the pork was tender, however, my gripe would be there weren’t enough pork slices!
‘The Mother’ had the ramen which he thought wasn’t too bad but butao ramen or ippudo are still his favourites!
I have also had the steak which is not as tender as I had hoped.
I think the best for me would have to be the deep-fried pork cutlet with egg and rice. I have heard that the service is a bit of a hit and miss, however, have never had that problem. It is very casual and atmosphere is pretty relaxing.
GA’s ratings: 7 / 10