Don Don delivers in so many ways being a cheap eat mainstay in the CBD (now relocated around the corner on Little Lonsdale). A humble Japanese restaurant tucked away off the main strip it can be easily missed. Don Don is a phenomenon. Great Japanese food, served quickly, and great value. A lunchtime favourite among city workers and students. It’s no frills, but not without flair.
Just look for a line out the door. And if you see a long line don’t worry. The service here is the quickest in town. As soon as you place your order and reach for your wallet the food is on the counter in front of you. These guys are quick on the draw.
I’ve experienced most of the items on the menu and they’re all good. The Teriyaki Chicken is outstanding as is the Curry Chicken which has unique flavours. And the lunch sets are also great value. Where else can you get a large quality lunch for around $7-8?
The food is cooked to perfection, the meat never dry and the flavours clean. The sauces in the meals are great and the rice is usually perfect (not gluggy) and a great accompaniment. The salad and pickled ginger rounds off the meal. (Sometimes there’s a huge piece of carrot in the dish – which I find a bit overwhelming).
The portions are large and you won’t leave hungry. Personally I’ve never had a bad meal at Don Don’s. Which explains it’s super popularity…
I find the Sukiyaki Don a standout. I love those strips of beef with a pleasant saltiness. The quality of the meat is great and I love it when there’s a little bit of fat. One of the best lunch options in Melbourne.
Seating can be a problem but usually I can sneak a seat in somewhere. They also have some tables out the front on Swanston.
I see many people eating Don Don’s on the lawns of the State Library. Great option. I laugh at the easy going ambience here featuring 80s soundtracks although today they were playing current hits.
Don Don’s is a great iconic restaurant on the Melbourne dining scene and a life saver for city workers and students.
Don Don, 321 Swanston St CBD – Japanese – Food 9 Ambience 8.5