#5-1329 Robson, Vancouver
Price: Relatively Cheap
There are just too many Ramen joints in downtown Vancouver, so I am glad that something different has joined the scene: a fast food type restaurant that serves rice/noodle bows. I been wanting to try it out for awhile now, especially after reading reviews from both I m only here for the food and Cheap Appetite.
The restaurant is tiny, it can accommodate less than 20 people at a time. However since it is fast food/food court style, so lots of people get take out. They serve an array of rice/noodle bowls with a few appetizer/side dishes such as takoyaki, sushi rolls, and chicken karaage.
The takoyaki is pretty cheap, it was only $3.88 for 8. However as you can see from the picture, it certain lacks a few toppings such as dried bonito and dried seaweed flakes. Even though it's missing some common ingredients, but it was still significantly better than the ones I had at G-Men Ramen. At least these were hot, crispy on the outside and soft/gooey on the inside, and with a few visible pieces of tako. I would certainly order this again, despite the lack of toppings.
I couldn't decide between the noodle or the rice bowl, in the end I decided to choose the Buta-mayo don. It's described as gingered stir fried pork on rice with cabbage and mayo. For all the rice bowl, you have a choice between regular size ($6.50) or snack size ($5.50). I got the regular size, which was actually a pretty big portion that is very filling. The pork was good quality where is there is a good balance between the lean and fatty part. The thinly sliced pork is well infused with soy sauce and a subtle flavor of ginger. I thought the mayo complimented the pork very well, although I fear that this rice bowl is probably not too healthy.
The other rice bowl that we tried was the California don. This particular rice bowl is actually served cold and is essentially a California roll in a bowl but minus the seaweed, with the addition of egg. The initial disappointment was that it wasn't hot, but we quickly realized that this would probably taste weird if it was hot. The rice was sushi type rice and when mixed with the topping (crab meat, mayo etc.), plus the soy sauce it was actually quite good, until R. added the wasabi (I hate wasabi :P).
In the end, I would certainly recommend Donburiya, as it's fast, convenient located, and delicious, but good luck trying to get a seat during busy times.