One evening, after another fun-filled day, my partner and I were feeling hungry, but not too hungry. What’s a better way of snacking other than going to an izakaya? Specifically, Don Don Izakaya on Dundas made its call to us that evening for some great Japanese tapas and authentic ambiance.
We entered, and like any izakaya it was loud. However, this is what’s expected from izakayas – as they are traditional Japanese pubs. The place was decorated with sake barrels and we were greeted inside to the sound of a Japanese drummer. We were led to our seat and we took at look at the menu. There were three items for which we had ourselves taste for the evening at the izakaya.
A favourite of mine in Japanese restaurants is the Beef Tataki which was served deliciously raw with onions and some minced, pickled radish. The balances of tastes for this dish is always delicious and gives a cool, refreshing taste. It was perfect for appreciating the savoury tastes of Japanese style beef.
Another dish we had was the Grilled Mackerel with Miso Sauce which was actually very delicious and also lived up to its savoury taste. The miso was so addicting and added a great touch to the tenderness of the grilled mackerel. Although this dish was a bit on the bony side, I thought that it was still yummy because it had the perfect balance of fat and meat of the fish.
Last, but not least, my boyfriend wanted to have a little bit more food as the night carried on, so we decided on a Beef Bowl which was basically minced beef and rice with radish on the side. He did finish it all, but I think in terms of taste, he felt that other places could do it better.
The service at the beginning was decent at first, however closer to the end of our meal it was almost as if they’ve forgotten about us. On many occasions they had forgotten that we only ordered 3 items, so they would bring other people’s orders to our table. It was almost as if by the end of the night we were invisible to them, which made the conclusion of our meal not the greatest.
If you do want to see what the venue has to offer though, here’s their website: http://dondonizakaya.com/home
Plating – ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡
Ambiance – ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡
Taste – ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡
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