Article Date: 09-04-2016
Address - 澠井川 燒肉丼飯串燒居酒屋. No. 409, Jinzhou St, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, 104.
Phone - (02)2509-6058
Price - 160NT UP (for dongfan)
Opening Hours - 11:30-14:00、17:00-21:00
Yesterday I was down on Jinzhou Road close to work which has become my regular haunt for lunch time. Now though I have a minor problem eating there because my schedule has changed a bit, and I work morning hours. I don't finish until 11:30 and regularly don't get to this street until 12:00 or after.
This becomes a problem because there are loads of offices around and what do offices have, loads of bloody office workers. It seems like every office worker from the area comes pounding out the doors of their work in a mighty stampede to this street for some grub.
So my original plan was to go to my usual won ton place. Unfortunately there were loads of people waiting and I didn't have time until I had to get back to work. So that meant I had to hunt quickly for somewhere else in the street, I could of went over and got take away from the Hong Kong place but for some reason this day I decided I would try something new.
Over time, I have passed this Japanese place and it always seems quite busy. I'd say overly busy for lunch time. I don't often see these kind of places busy at that time of day especially around a working area. So I have been intrigued by it for quite some time. Well I decided to cure that intrigue and eat there.
Inside was so dark, and done out in Japanese style. The staff were friendly enough and I plonked my fat arse down and checked out the menu. Luckily this one has English and Chinese so it was a piece of piss to pick something unlike a lot of other places on the street.
The pork dongfan in the picture looked the tits. So I decided to go for that, but in the back of my mind I was thinking all the time what you get never really looks like the picture does it. Well I was drawn in by that picture so I might as well order the thing that got me inside in the first place.
At the back of the shop they have a window and you can see the blokes barbecuing the meat. That is a sight for blokes like me who are total carnivores and love all types of meat. I was excited more so than I would of been in the won ton shop at seeing my meat on the fire burning away.
When the bowl came out with the food in, I thought it was a little small. Dongfan means rice with other food on top. So there was a little salad, some crispy seaweed, and my meat. The meat was done excellent, I loved it. I would be willing to go back at some point but not that often.
The reason I wouldn't be willing to go back that often was the portion size. The size seemed a little on the small side. Although it was small I just felt the right amount of full when I left which doesn't seem to happen often in Taiwan. I leave places either feeling bloated and on the verge of exploding with food squirting out of every corner of my body, or I feel like they didn't give me enough food due to trying to be all arty farty on the plate then you end up eating a leaf and a bloody carrot!
All in all it was pretty good, and I enjoyed it. Was it worth it though, I am not sure if it was or it wasn't. I just felt like there could of been a tiny bit more salad or vegetables mixed into the dongfan making it worth the money. On the other hand the missus told me this is not really that expensive for Japanese BBQ Dongfan so I could be the one not really knowing. In a nutshell, meat was excellent. Small salad on it was very good, soup was OK and pretty standard.