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Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Don Don Tei: Easy Japanese, Fast,Convenient and Delicious

If you're a fan of genuine Japanese cuisine such as tempura, donburi, or soba, you'll be thrilled to hear about the recent opening of Don Don Tei at Robinsons Galleria. No need to travel all the way to Osaka for your Japanese food cravings – your favorites have arrived right here in the Philippines!

This March, the Philippines is set to welcome a new name in the culinary scene that promises to provide diners with an authentic Japanese dining experience.


Don Don Tei, a rice bowl specialized restaurant hailing from the vibrant city of Osaka, Japan, is opening its very first restaurant in Manila. Located at the second level of Robinsons Galleria (ADB Wing), Don Don Tei brings a taste of Japanese tradition with a menu that caters to the local palate, offering an array of dishes that are not only tasty and convenient but also affordable.


“The arrival of Don Don Tei (also known as Kineya Don Don Tei) in the Philippines furthers Gourmet Kineya's dedication to sharing the joy of simple, delicious, and affordable meals with the world,” says Hideto Nishijima, Managing Director of Business Strategy & Planning, speaking on behalf of Gourmet Kineya CEO Atsushi Mukumoto. 

“As we prepare to welcome our diners in Robinsons Galleria, we promise a dining experience that combines the best of Japanese tradition and flavors that Filipino foodies will keep coming back to. And with the Filipinos love for Japanese food, we are already looking forward to opening in more locations soon,” added Hideto Nishijima.

Nagoya Style Unagi Teishoku - Torched unagi with Kabayaki sauce served in a set with Green Beans & Carrots Kobachi, Tsubozuke Pickles, Japanese Rice, Soup & Potato Salad

Special Ebi Tempura Teishoku - Special Ebi Tempura (Black Tiger Prawns with Vegetable Tempura) set with Green Beans & Carrots Kobachi, Tsubozuke Pickles, Japanese Rice, Miso Soup, & Potato Salad


A Menu Tailored for the Philippine Market

At the heart of Don Don Tei's menu, is Donburi, a beloved Japanese comfort food. These rice bowls are topped with a variety of ingredients, ranging from beef and pork to fish and chicken, each cooked in unique sauces that highlight the essence of Japanese cuisine.


Experience the crunch of their Tempura Specials from their Special Ebi Tendon with Black Tiger Prawns, Ebi Tendon, to the must-try Kakiage Ebi Tendon.


Indulge in their Beef Selections with the savory flavors of Gyudon, Wagyu Yakiniku Don, and Sukiyaki Jyu. Savor the richness of Katsudon, Tonkatsu Don with sauce, Katsu Curry, and other Pork Delights. Those who prefer seafood will enjoy their Fish Selectionssuch as Unajyu, Grilled Mackerel, and Salmon Teriyaki. Or feast on their selection of Chicken rice bowls: Oyakodon, Chicken Karaage Don, Chicken Teriyaki Don, and Chicken Karaage Curry.


"At Don Don Tei, we're not just serving food; we're delivering an experience. Every donburi ordered comes with miso soup, offering our guests a taste of Japanese hospitality. For those seeking a more comprehensive dining experience, we offer the option to upgrade their donburi to a Teishoku version, which comes with an ensemble of side dishes including potato salad, green beans and carrots kobachi, and Tsubozuke pickles," Hideto Nishijima said.


Adding to the diverse menu, Don Don Tei highlights Soba, utilizing buckwheat noodles known for their health benefits, including high levels of antioxidants and nutrients. Diners can choose between hot and cold Soba or the hearty Niku Soba. This soba has noodles in Kake Dashi broth with beef slices, organic egg yolk and spring onion that gives the umami flavor, bringing together a unique taste and texture experience.


Don Don Tei also introduces an array of citrus drinks from the Yuzu series, allowing customers to choose among flavors like Peach, Raspberry, Rose Lemonade, and Ginger Beer, providing a refreshing complement to any meal.


Following the recipes and proprietary sauces of its Japanese counterpart, Don Don Tei Philippines ensures an authentic taste experience that closely mirrors the original flavors loved by many in Japan.

Gourmet Kineya: A Legacy of Authentic Japanese Cuisine

Don Don Tei, which translates to "Rice Bowl House," made its debut in Abeno, Osaka, in November 1988. Starting with a modest 14-seat bar, it has since grown into a beloved chain with a presence in Hong Kong, the United States, and now, the Philippines. The restaurant is celebrated for its wide selection of donburi, making it a go-to spot for those craving Osaka's finest rice bowls.

Its parent company, Gourmet Kineya, has been at the forefront of bringing authentic Japanese dishes to diners since its inception in 1967. With over 400 shops spread across Japan, the company has built a reputation for excellence, rooted in its guiding principles: simplicity, convenience, taste, and affordability. These principles have not only shaped the brand's approach to dining but have also paved the way for its international expansion, including the much-anticipated opening of Don Don Tei in the Philippines.

Marissa So, Executive Vice President of Oishi Gourmet Foods, Inc., the company that franchised Don Don Tei, further revealed that the team at Don Don Tei, from the kitchen to the service staff, has undergone rigorous training with Japanese experts. “The high-quality ingredients, from the sauces to the meats, and even the presentation of every bowl, have been strictly supervised to meet the company's high standards. This commitment ensures that each dish served not only tastes authentic but also represents the meticulous care and attention to detail that Japanese cuisine is known for.”

Masahiro Nishida, Don Don Tei Director for Business Strategy and Planning

"Easy Japanese": Fast, Convenient, and Delicious

Don Don Tei stands out not just for its delicious food but also for its commitment to making Japanese cuisine accessible to everyone. The concept of "Easy Japanese" means that customers can quickly grab a bowl that is simple, convenient, affordable, and, most importantly, delicious. This philosophy aligns with the Filipino dining culture, where good food, affordability, and a warm, welcoming atmosphere are highly valued.


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