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Domannaka

 

  • Business: Izakaya
  • Name: Dommanaka
  • Price: $$ – $$$

Amazingly valuable Izakaya in Suidobashi

I woke up after having felt exhausted from traveling around nonstop. It was around 8pm. I could hear my stomach growl for nourishment. During my stay in Suidobashi, Japan. I had noticed previously that the street from across the building had a large section of restaurants to choose from. I had decided to street of walk that one evening to window shop and observe what was available. I walked in the sides of the street peeking in and out of shops around the neighborhood. Even behind the alleys ways to see whats good. As I noticed the countless momiji leaves on the ground my eye caught a glimpse of this one particular restaurant. It had a very unique type of wheeled grill that had burning charcoal cooking chicken and salmon on a stick. I thought it was interesting but either way before entering I continued to walk down the street until the end of the intersection. I slowly turned around as my stomach and heart said to take them both back to that same place. Outside standing from there I looked at the sign written in Rลmanji. It read,”Domannaka”. ๐Ÿฎ

What’s on the menu, chef? ๐Ÿคค๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿณ

CONCEPT

This grill is absolutely incredible. I am completely in love with this style of cooking that I’ve never seen before. It felt so nice to just be able to see my food being cooked on one type of unique Japanese grilling called Robatayaki. They have a spinning grill that was especially made for them. Upon seeing it I instantly fell in love. Never in my entire life have I seen something as beautiful as watching fish and chicken burn to the most succulent point where the meat just melts in your mouth. It’s one of the best places I’ve ever visited (on various occasions) to in my life. Soothing to view as it turns around and around while having an amazing meal with beer in a safe environment.

As an izakaya, the whole area is for smoking. There is no regulation for it and this can really push people away who are unable to tolerate the smell of smoke. This limits a portion of tourists who just cant withstand the fumes due to allergies and irritation. Its sad cause they’ll miss out on enjoying these types of areas.

New charcoal is being positioned onto the grill. ๐Ÿ”ฅ

Sizzling hot and ready to eat! Delicious white meat ๐Ÿ—๐ŸŸ

Delicious squid and salmon are being cooked on the open fire. ๐Ÿฆ‘โค

TASTE

The way each of the food is cooked over a brightly light fire not only reassures that it’s fresh and unique in its design but the flavors of he ingredients just feels cooked to perfection for you. Their chicken, squid, and a variety of other fishes are cooked and each of their juices are soaking with radiance as they burn the fires brighter, causing the foot itself in return to cook even better. They have this delicious sauce that is used with the cooked salmon. It’s to die for. I honestly want a jar of it at home. That sauce is definitely a star! โญ

Freshly cooked skewer fish with beer. ๐ŸŸ๐Ÿบ

Delicious oysters sleeping on a bed of onions with sprinkled sesame seeds on top.

AESTHETICS

The way that they serve the sake is in ice cold bamboos. The menu could use an update as they seem to continuously write on various sheets of paper by hand every week. It would be a better alternative to install chalk boards around the local to help preserve more trees. so must t and not designed digitally to later be printed out. They do this because they change ingredients of their dishes to try to offer new combinations of flavors. The market as well creates shifts in prices causing the products to be unaccessible to purchase do to the season.

 

Frozen bamboo served with ice cold sake. ๐Ÿถ It just flows down your throat so smoothly.

VALUE

The location is in fairly close to two nearby stations which also makes it an area to be able to visit and leave frequently if you need to be somewhere. At around 10pm they begin to turn off the grill. Last calls going to come up before you know it so it’s only a shame they’re open only until 11pm. Although the hours can be extended it until 12pm. It’s a wonderful place to go. You’ll spend around $20 – $25 (or roughly 2,500ยฅ) for a nicely cooked meal and beers starting at $5 (500ยฅ).

These really are incredibly lovely people. Each one of them treated me kindly and were always delighted to share their time, attention and sake.

 

 

Concept9.5
Taste9.5
Aesthetics7
Value10
Positive
Excellent service and team preparing fresh food right in front of your eyes
Cooking on a Rotunda is a BIG plus as it's uncommon to find
Reasonable price for it's location and quality of food
Menu has weekly changes to keep the dishes refreshed
Negative
Every part of the place is for smoking
Requires a more efficient method to portray the updated weekly dishes
Only one unisex bathroom
9
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