Don Don is a Korean/Japanese place located towards the Western end of Hindley Street. The menu is quite simple with 16 different dishes to choose from. The items are predominantly Japanese with the exception of bibimpap. For those that are in a hurry, they also sell a range of sushi with prices starting from $2 a roll. The place itself is deceptively large with enough seating for about 50 people.
The decor is basic with a mural on one side and several picture frames on the other. The lantern type light fittings and the Japanese wall divider give it a slightly traditional feel, but not by much. The tables have built in electric stoves and there are cute little cutlery boxes which I found interesting. The place appears to be a 2 person operation, one person by the counter and the other in the kitchen. It’s OK when it’s not busy, but they seemed to struggle during the lunch time rush. The staff here are friendly, although their grasp of English is quite poor.
After a 10 minute wait, our meals arrived and all at the same time. The bento box was nicely presented and was of a decent size. Each bento box was pretty much the same with the only difference being the meat. The chicken was well marinated and has just the right amount of sweetness. Chicken thigh was used as it’s supposed to be tastier than breast meat. The crumbed prawns had a nice coating, however were cold and I suspect they were cooked a few hours earlier.
The salad was fresh and had a nice tangy dressing. I did feel the dressing was a bit watered down, however, it still tasted good. The vegetarian sushi slices were OK. The sushi rice wasn’t as moist as I had expected. The steamed rice tasted like it has been sitting in a rice cooker for some time. The miso soup was nice as the flavour was well balanced.
I didn’t think my meal was particularly bad, it just wasn’t life changing. The pricing is pretty good considering the serving size. The atmosphere was quite relaxed considering it’s a bit further away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Not my first choice for Japanese/Korean food, but it isn’t bad for a quick feed either.
WHERE: 184 Hindley St, Adelaide