DON DOKO DON Japan Bistro

Most Japanese restaurants in Budapest specialize in sushi even though local Hungarian tastes and wallets are more compatible with everyday Japanese dishes. Perhaps this is what the Tomokis, a young couple from Tokyo, had in mind when in 2018 they opened DON DOKO DON, Budapest’s first donburi restaurant near the city center. It's a small, counter-service place with a few tables on the upstairs.

Donburis are simple rice bowls topped with meat, vegetables, and a soy-based sweet and savory broth. In Japan, they're a popular midday meal for busy office workers, and also a common hangover cure. At DON DOKO DON, get the gyudon, which is the classic beef bowl with onions (€5); if you kindly request "tsuyudaku," they will add extra broth. There's also a curry donburi and a vegetarian version made with tofu, carrots, and mushroom. You can pair your dons with a miso or tonjiro soup (€2). I only wish they added a few additional options to the menu like oyakodon, the delicious chicken-and-egg rice bowl.

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