The Donburi House combines perfectionist fine dining with a modern, affordable approach and welcoming atmosphere.
Situated in the quieter part of Adelaide city, at 52 Sturt Street, Adelaide 5000, this modern Japanese eatery specialises in Donburi, which is a Japanese “rice bowl dish” consisting of fish, meat, vegetables or other ingredients simmered together and served over Japanese rice which is grown in Japan.
They also make a whole range of delicious dishes including, but not limited to, dumplings, soups, sashimi and noodles. With such rich and decadent flavours, the quality and taste of their food will want you coming back for more!
We tried a number of dishes on the menu, but if you’re feeling adventurous, I can highly recommend the Unagi Katsu, which is deep fried Japanese bread crumbed eel with Tartar sauce, and also the Fried Soft-Shell Crab with Signature Salted Egg Sauce Don. You really need to try them to truly see for yourself how tasty they are! The Takoyaki (octopus) balls are delicious as an entrée too. Another dish which they are locally famous for, which I was reluctant to try at first, but I absolutely did not regret, was the Grilled Beef Tongue Don, which tasted far better than it sounds!
They have many dishes on their menu that are gluten and vegan friendly too, The Donburi House caters for almost everyone!
Pair your meal with a green tea, a coffee or Japanese dessert, or a Japanese beer or whiskey.
The service is great and fairly quick, the dishes are served hot and well presented, and the décor is quite modern, a great place to meet with friends and post Instagram-worthy photos.
If you love Japanese food but you’re looking for something other than your average sushi roll, come past The Donburi House and explore new regions of your tastebuds you haven’t discovered before!
They also cater for groups and small events and you may need to make a booking, which you can do via their website at thedonburihouse.com.au.
I very much enjoyed my experience and I will make my way back when I’m in the area again.
Review by Michael Melino