Money is important. Food is important too.
Most people know that these two ever-important factors of life become all the more critical when one is on an overseas trip.
While certainly a lot more affordable than ever before, Japan still remains a potentially expensive place to visit, especially for the unprepared.
No one likes to scrimp and compromise on the quantity and quality of one’s meals, especially during a holiday trip. But never fear, budget traveller, there is a solution!
Enter – the Donburi Restaurant.
With their minimalist interior deco and occasionally cramped seating arrangements, one would be forgiven for not finding these joints particularly inviting at first. But beneath their no-frills appearance lies a bastion of budget cuisines.
Several brands dominate the scene; Matsuya, Yoshinoya and Suki-ya to name a few; but they all provide a similar experience – quick, filling, yet tasty rice-based dishes for the hungry traveller!
Beef Donburi are the main offerings at these restaurants, but one can also add side dishes like salads, soups and eggs to their taste. Other dishes come in the form of Pork bowls, Curry Rices, and even breakfast sets.
Using an ingenious yet simple ticketing machine to take orders (insert money, pick your selection and hand your ticket to the server), your food always comes to you quick and piping hot, ready to be eaten.
With Donburi restaurants having 1000s of outlets all across every nook and cranny in Japan, you’re rarely far away from a quick, cheap and satisfying bite to eat.
And it helps me to save more money for splurging at Akihabara.