Bondoru (梵道留)

Ever heard of the Sukiyaki song? Ever tried actually sukiyaki? For my omnivorous friends, you’re truly missing out.

I highly recommend Bondoru, another hole in the wall restaurant located in Tenmonkan. If you’re in the mood for some local beef and vegetables served up in savory sweet sukiyaki sauce by a very friendly server, this is the perfect place. If you’re on a budget, I would recommend coming here when you’re not incredibly hungry and willing to splurge a little bit on some quality Japanese food. Sukiyaki is, for all intents and purposes, considered to be a meal to celebrate a special occasion in Japan.

The lovely server explained how to eat sukiyaki properly, aka, heat up some of the beef fat on the pan with a few slices of leek, lay down the first piece of beef, and dress it with the sauce. Once you have the base flavor down, you can add more of the meat or the veggies in whatever order you’d like. A filling meal for two with drinks cost me and my fellow diner 4,ooo JPY a piece. Like I said, a bit of a splurge, but well worth it. (This restaurant also serves shabu shabu but I can only speak for the sukiyaki at this particular moment in time.)

The food was excellent, but I suggest visiting this restaurant for the atmosphere. There are six counter seats toward the front of the restaurant and thirty-two table seats toward the back which may seem like a lot, but the restaurant is divided in such a way that every seat creates an intimate dining experience so you can savor every last bite.


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