If you’re looking for a good reasonably priced lunch, you’ll find many options in the Adams Morgan neighborhood. The area may be well-known for it’s bars and nightlife, but it also has culturally diverse food offerings. I headed to Donburi for some Japanese comfort food of various rice bowls served in a small counter-only space.
There were only a couple people waiting so I stood in line and waited to give my order. You give your order and pay before being seated at the counter. A seat near the door became available as soon as I paid.
Pitchers of free water and tea are made available. Grab your cups, napkins, and chopsticks and wait for your food. Everything is made to order. It only took around 5 minutes for my Katsudon to arrive. It was a panko breaded pork tenderloin served over rice with donburi sauce, a half cook egg, and pickled veggies and jalapeno.
The breading was crispy and the pork was tender. The sauce was lightly sweet. I mixed the half cooked egg, rice, and sauce with every bite of the pork tenderloin. The egg is fairly runny and I don’t mean just the yolk. If you’re not a fan of that, either skip it or let them know to make it well done.
I also ordered a side of Uzaku – barbecued eel served with cucumber salad.
The eel was soft and moist. It’s drizzled with a sweet and salty Kabayaki sauce. I ate it skin and all.
I had a satisfying lunch at Donburi. If you’re a fan of Japanese rice bowls or just looking for a tasty meal with good prices, it’s worth checking out. I’d definitely come back.
2438 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009