DON DOKO DON Japan Bistro

Most of Budapest's Japanese restaurants serve higher-end Japanese fare like sushi, even though local Hungarian tastes and wallets are more compatible with the simpler dishes. Perhaps this is what Mr. Tomoki and his wife, a young couple from Tokyo, thought when in 2018 they opened DON DOKO DON, Budapest’s first donburi restaurant. It's a small, counter-service restaurant with a few tables, and located in the heart of the city near Kálvin Square.

Donburis are simple rice bowls topped with meats, vegetables, and a sweet-and-savory broth made from dashi, soy sauce, and mirin. In Japan, donburis are popular midday meals for busy office workers, and also a common hangover cure. At DON DOKO DON, go for the gyudon, which is the classic beef bowl with onions (€5). If you kindly request "tsuyudaku," they will serve it with extra broth. There's also a pork belly don (kakuni; €5), and some other weekly specials like curry donburi. Pair your dons with a miso soup (€1) and, on Fridays and Saturday, a Japanese pork bun (nikuman; €1).

I wish that DON DOKO DON added a few additional dons to their menu like oyakodon, the delicious chicken-and-egg rice bowls.