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Goma saba (sesame mackerel) ochazuke at Donburi-Ya

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Goma saba (sesame mackerel) ochazuke at Donburi-Ya

Eric Eto | Apr 10, 2003 12:01 AM

Had kind of a revelatory evening tonight. I'd been told by our intrepid hound Aki that Donburi-Ya serves a noteworthy ochazuke with mackerel sashimi. Ochazuke or tea-rice is somewhat of a Japanese comfort food, but it's basically a broth-infused tea that's poured over a bowl of rice with a little seasoning (or just plain green tea for normal households). Anyway, I finally found my way to Donburi-Ya for this dish, and it was pretty fantastic. If you're like me and absolutely love mackerel sashimi, then I'm sure you'll like this dish. The trick is finding it on the confusing set of 4 menus they hand you. The menu features the plain sesame mackerel (misspelled sesami) by itself, or for a little more, you can get an ochazuke set. Otherwise you can reference the unambiguous photo of the dish out front (though the name of the dish is written only in Japanese). The kicker is that the ochazuke will only set you back $6.50 ($5.75 if you only get the sashimi). Donburi-Ya just went through a renovation and are trying to provide a little more clubby/loungy atmosphere that still appeal to the japanese businessmen that seem to frequent the place (in other words, a quasi-hostess bar environment). Maybe one day, when I grow up, I'll also become a japanese businessman.

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