This time around, I suggested looking around Commerce Gate for a change.
After going through the vast number of choices, the Chicken Omurice and Umami Don were chosen. We were then instructed - WHY YES, instructed - to mark down our choices on an order sheet by an thoroughly rude waitress before she grudgingly brought the sheet to the kitchen.
Shortly following the typical miso soup and garden salad starters, the meals arrived.
Inside the omelette was (classic) ketchup fried rice; it was just a teensy bit too dry for my liking, but nothing that bothered me too much. The okonomiyaki sauce and kewpie mayonnaise, though, seemed to be layered to excess, along with a generous amount of aonori, making the dish higher in sodium than needed. The overall taste of the dish, however, was good enough for me.
Umami Don was a donburi consisting of pieces of unagi, shredded artificial crab meat, cucumber, and a few strips of pickled radish atop a bounteous helping of Japanese rice. While there wasn't anything particularly unpleasant about the flavour, the sauces had once again been used in excess. To be quite frank, there was simply so much sauce in this rice bowl that the individual flavours of the unagi and cucumbers could barely be distinguished.
In conclusion, Donburi is quite a nice little hangout spot for those craving Japanese food, and don't mind the sodium and MSG attacks later on. (My throat became extremely dry the second I left the restaurant due to the ingestion of high levels of MSG.) The customer service, on the other hand, is something that gets me annoyed every time I weigh out the pros and cons of this place.
After lunch was a quick stop to Chatime; a Peach Black Tea and Taiwan Plum Iced Tea were ordered.
Trying the teas, the Peach Black Tea proved to be a drink worth coming back to. The Taiwan Plum Iced Tea, however, tasted nothing more than Chinese chan pai mui, a traditional plum candy commonly sold at Asian herb shops. Given that I'm not too big of a fan of that taste though, I can't quite say that it was my cup of tea, both in the figurative and literal sense.
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