Thursday, January 31, 2013

Kita no Donburi

"Donburi" means "rice bowl dish" in Japanese and that's exactly what Kita no Donburi serves (I'm not sure what "Kita no" means though...). They have a huge assortment of rice bowls all for under $10!

The restaurant itself is very clean and bright with a good number of tables and chairs. It seems to be kind of a popular place despite myself never having even stumbled across it before, but there were quite a few people dining in and several people coming in and out for takeout.



Like I said, Kita no Donburi specialized in rice bowls but they also have loads of other stuff, like sushi and other appetizers! They also have specials that are written on a chalkboard on the wall.


The waitress was extremely friendly, and us being absolutely starving, we decided what we wanted to eat right away and our orders were taken very quickly.

Every meal comes with a miso soup, which I thought was very nice.


I've never been a huge fan of miso soup, so I don't have much to say about this. As far as miso soup goes, this was pretty good and I did drink most of it.

First rice bowl was the Shogayaki Don which consisted of pork with sweet and ginger sauce, egg, onion, and green onion.


First of all, I thought it was extremely weird that this had lettuce in it. Not only did it not add anything to the flavor of the dish, I found it to be an unwelcome flavor when it was in my mouth with the other components of the dish. Other than that, this rice bowl wasn't bad. There was a lot of pork and which were filled with flavor and so was the rice. The onions were also delicious but I found no traces of egg anywhere even though the description of the dish said it would be in there. I probably wouldn't order this again however, since it wasn't exactly to my taste, but don't let that deter you from ordering it! If you like a teriyaki sweet type of flavor, then you might like this.

Next up was the Oyako Don which consisted of chicken, egg, onions, and homemade sauce.


Again, this had a sort of sweet teriyaki type of flavor which covered all the components of the dish, but I enjoyed this so much more than the Shogayaki Don! The only problem I had with this rice bowl was that there was not enough chicken.

Last bowl-type dish was the Bibimbap.


It came in a steaming hot stone bowl (as you can see in the picture) so I had to mix it and let it settle for a bit before I could chow down. I was pretty disappointed in this dish because it was extremely bland. The vegetables and meat in bibimbap are supposed to have some sort of flavor but I didn't really taste anything at all, so I basically doused everything in gochujang (spicy sauce) and still it was extremely sub-par to other bibimbaps that I have tried.

The very last item was the California Roll!


This was only $2.95 which was such a good deal, and not only that, but it was damn delicious. Granted, you can't really screw up a California roll but I was extremely pleased with this.

For me, the rice bowls at Kita no Donburi are kind of a hit-or-miss, but I would most certainly come back to try the other ones.
You can view their menu here

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