“Hi all, nice MEATING you here”
One of my absolute must do thing when I visit a country/city is to taste the local delicacy of that place. I believe the joy of food brings people closer to each other, and it lets you bond with the locals, to learn and submerge in their lifestyle and culture.
“Food is more than survival!”
Due to my job nature, I have been going to Japan on a monthly basis, and most of the time, you travel alone during a business trip, which sometimes makes it hard to eat different type of food. I find myself ended up eating sushi, ramen or ended up in cafes most of the time when I’m in Japan. Last month when I was in Tokyo, I was lucky that an old friend of mine were also in the city at that time, so we’ve decided we are going to pig it out!
Yakiniku – literally means grilled meat in Japanese, is a very popular food choice for Japanese people. It is not an “everyday” type of meal, but usually when you have some sort of celebration, or when you want to have a relaxed time with friends over a meal with a beer, then Yakiniku would be the pick.
After doing some research, we’ve decided to go to this small restaurant named Dondon in the alley of the famous Kabukicho. The entrance of the restaurant is quite small, but there’s a big red sign board standing outside which you won’t miss.
Upon entering the restaurant, you can already smell the rich aroma of meat. All the meat in this restaurant are Japanese local meat, and they offer different type of grading of marble beef in both “tare” or “shio” flavor. (“Tare” means bbq meat sauce, and “shio” means salt) Because everything is prepared upon order, so it will take some time before your food arrives, and then it will take some more time before you can eat it as they are all raw. So, don’t come here when you are SUPER hungry, because you may end up like my friend and I – over ordered and became meat overdozed. (It was definitely worth it though!!)
Some of you may think that Yakiniku is a Japanese cuisine, but actually, it is a Korean cuisine that has been passed into Japan, and with a touch of the Japanese flavour, it has now become the Yakiniku we know. Therefore, in a lot of the Yakiniku restaurant, they still serve the Korean dishes, such as the Guppa (rice in soup), and Reimen (Cold noodles). It is a tradition to finish off your meat dinner with either one of them, make sure to try it out! I personally think the Cold noodles is a better choice, because the soup of it is a bit sour, it helps you digest your meat, and you feel less bloated!
As the restaurant is quite small, so I would recommend you to book in advance if you don’t want to wait. The average cost per head is around USD$50 (excluding alcohol), and with the quality of meat they offer, it is definitely worth every single penny!
PS. The restaurant is open for dinner only from 17:00 to 05:00 daily. There’s also other branches around Japan from the same company which you can find in the below website