Latest Posts

Professional Highly Experienced Nanny Available From September!Sun Aug 18, 2019 3:21:46 pm -
NEW
Social Life After Divorce?Sat Aug 17, 2019 8:27:44 pm -
23 Replies
Mayfield Nursery - EarlsfieldSat Aug 17, 2019 2:04:05 pm -
NEW
Cleaner ... Still LookingSat Aug 17, 2019 11:24:25 am -
NEW
Small Garden - Will A Grass Trimmer / Strimmer Suffice?Sat Aug 17, 2019 10:52:35 am -
NEW
Primary School - Should We Aim For Ravenstone, Belleville Wix Or Henry Cavendish? Moving HouseFri Aug 16, 2019 10:38:40 pm -
NEW
Autumn Mini Sessions £75Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:41:31 pm -
NEW
Don't Have Time To Work On Digital Marketing?Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:26:28 am -
3 Replies
Devastated By Husband's AnnouncementThu Aug 15, 2019 4:41:20 pm -
12 Replies
Query: Still Can’t Delete A Post!Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:39:15 am -
1 Replies
Cello TeacherWed Aug 14, 2019 11:11:41 pm -
1 Replies
Basement CompaniesWed Aug 14, 2019 11:56:47 am -
6 Replies
Repair Motheaten Cashmere?Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:59:53 am -
RECENT
Paediatric Neurologist Recommendations?Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:42:35 pm -
2 Replies
Free ARCHITECTURAL ADVICE For Residential Projects.....Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:07:43 pm -
RECENT
Am I Right To Be Miffed About This Lack Of Consideration? Your Opinions Please!Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:32:47 am -
19 Replies
Recommendation For Someone Who Can Do Ironing For Me?Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:29:58 am -
RECENT
Homeschool Tech Startup Requires FundingMon Aug 12, 2019 9:21:48 pm -
RECENT
3yrs Old Autism - Help/adviceMon Aug 12, 2019 9:12:23 pm -
17 Replies
Recommendation For Microblading Please?Mon Aug 12, 2019 3:40:51 pm -
3 Replies
Wanted- Super Nintendo Classic Mini ConsoleSat Aug 10, 2019 8:05:25 pm -
RECENT
SUPA DUPA WINE SALEFri Aug 09, 2019 8:47:31 am -
RECENT
Au Pair In Zurich - SeptemberWed Aug 07, 2019 8:28:58 pm -
RECENT
Query: How To Delete A Post?Wed Aug 07, 2019 4:13:02 pm -
3 Replies
Maytag Fridge/freezer Has Given Up The GhostWed Aug 07, 2019 7:09:37 am -
1 Replies
Handyman/woman/person Needed In SW12Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:16:54 pm -
1 Replies
What DO We Want On Northcote Road???Tue Aug 06, 2019 9:15:08 pm -
525 Replies
House Cleaner Available!Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:10:26 am -
5 Replies
Catholic Schools In TootingMon Aug 05, 2019 11:21:52 pm -
2 Replies
Family Lawyer - Experienced With Italian LawMon Aug 05, 2019 10:47:20 pm -
10 Replies
Housekeeper NeededMon Aug 05, 2019 10:37:51 pm -
RECENT
INVITED GUEST HAS ASKED IF HER DAUGHTERS BOYFRIEND CAN COME TOOMon Aug 05, 2019 10:34:19 am -
11 Replies
Holiday Sports Club At Allfarthing Primary School Will Open This Friday If There Are At Least 10 Participating KidsMon Aug 05, 2019 8:48:44 am -
1 Replies
Looking For Photoshop CC TrainingMon Aug 05, 2019 8:38:27 am -
1 Replies
Daughter Invited Away But Family Flying Bus ClassMon Aug 05, 2019 6:59:13 am -
5 Replies
Window CleanerSat Aug 03, 2019 7:16:16 am -
RECENT
UPDATE: Chivalry Road Playground - Response From Wandsworth And Meeting Next Tuesday 6th August 3 PmWed Jul 31, 2019 11:09:07 am -
RECENT
Shipping To Kenya & RwandaWed Jul 31, 2019 10:21:10 am -
RECENT
Win A £100 Clickstay Voucher!Tue Jul 30, 2019 4:40:38 pm -
RECENT
How Do I Get My Overweight Partner To Lose Weight?Mon Jul 29, 2019 3:57:35 pm -
6 Replies
Ring ResizingMon Jul 29, 2019 2:53:45 pm -
5 Replies
Advice On Estate AgentsMon Jul 29, 2019 8:22:28 am -
3 Replies
Remove Degrading Topics Off The WebsiteSun Jul 28, 2019 10:33:13 pm -
2 Replies
Fledgling On The CommonFri Jul 26, 2019 3:04:21 pm -
4 Replies
Tent NeededFri Jul 26, 2019 11:31:17 am -
RECENT
IT/WEB Help Needed - Experience With Webinars?Thu Jul 25, 2019 6:03:04 pm -
4 Replies
Bi-fold Door MaintenanceWed Jul 24, 2019 10:49:51 am -
1 Replies
Child Psychologist/ Therapist For 6 Year OldWed Jul 24, 2019 10:06:45 am -
4 Replies
Ear Piercing - Tips ?Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:49:59 am -
12 Replies
Come To Into The Wild Festival In Chiddinglye, Sussex August 23-26 - Looks Amazing For Kids Of All AgesTue Jul 23, 2019 10:17:45 am -
2 Replies

Donburi – Korean café or totally naff?

Last Updated on : 16th July 2019

I was at a loose end one Saturday. I’d had as many naps as you can usefully fit into one day and with the Queen of Fitzrovia away for the weekend, and an evening comprised of bad movies with an even worse takeaway seemed to stretch out in front of me.

Looking to stave off the inevitable I was sending out random calls for help to everyone I knew on WhatsApp. Eventually I received a reply my friend from the Entrepreneur. Not only was he around, he was up for doing something, with just one caveat it had to be vaguely healthy.

Having gone through various options, we decided to visit Donburi, the Korean restaurant on Garratt Lane, near enough opposite the Halfway House. Korean food with its barbeques, kimchi etc. is generally reckoned to strike a good middle line between tasty and healthy, and that was close enough for us.

I perhaps should have been concerned when I couldn’t book on the website. No matter how much I clicked on the button nothing happened. I didn’t worry too much however as Google assured me that they were still a trading concern, perhaps they just decided to go no reservations like many eateries had these days.

Donburi

Well the change was bigger than that, as we arrived after we can only be described as an only marginally health conscious couple of pints, we arrived at a dining room that was near enough empty, and strange signs outside telling you to order at the bar. In short what has happened is that Donburi is now a Deliveroo kitchen with a small café attached.

For customers who decide to visit Donburi, what you’ll find is something akin to a Korean themed version of Wasabi, a fast food café with less atmosphere than a leaky space suit. For our visit we only had to share the dining room with two other customers, which sort of puts a dampener on your Saturday night.

The menu is short, very short which should be good. There are steamed buns, the eponymous donburis (Korean noodles,) and bimbaps (a rice dish offered as an alternative to the noodles.)

Donburi Donburi

We went for a selection of gyoza, KFC (Korean fried chicken wings) a selection of steamed buns and kimchi. Well the gyoza were I thought watery, the chicken wings not nearly crispy enough and the buns completely interchangeable so that I wasn’t really sure what was in them. As well as tasting alike the buns all looked alike, resembling rolls stuffed with sandwich spread which on second thoughts I might have preferred. The kimchi came in a plastic pot and was OK, I think it’s harder to mess up pickles somehow.

Perhaps I’m just in a bad mood as my night out only lasted about 25 minutes, and I found myself back home again at 9 still having to search for a movie to watch. Perhaps it’s because the interior was full of bright colours but no people, making it feel like you’re dining in an abandoned junior school.

No, I know the reason I’m not giving Donburi a good review, I think it could be because both me and the entrepreneur felt ill the next day and, in my case, explosively so. On the plus side it was cheap, the whole lot coming to just £28, including the cheeky Asahi I’d fished out of the drink’s cabinet.

This is the problem with moving to a café style, food sits around waiting for people to order it. Many of my friends have been made ill by visits to Donburi’s larger multi outlet competitors in town. I also feel bad as the waitress was genuinely cheerful and helpful.

Perhaps Donburi’s food is like some sort of fast ripening fruit, only reaching its full potential during this 20 or so minutes it spends being transported by Deliveroo. Whatever, my thoughts are that once the lease is up Donburi will be moving to a kitchen only location. I can only say it would take quite a lot of persuasion to get me to try it again.

 

Donburi & Co

394 Garratt Ln, Earlsfield, London SW18 4HP

020 8946 8811

www.donburiuk.com

You Might Also Like

Birthday toppings at Figli del Vesuvio

Figli del Vesuvio had been on my must visit list for some time. This wasn’t because of its glamorous location on the bendy bit ... Read Feature

Gazette

Lunch on the left bank. OK, so it’s not Paris. No happy smell of tear gas, no waiters with selective blindness. Gazette is however ... Read Feature

Update – Nancy Lams to close.

Nancy Lam’s Enak Enak 56 Lavender Hill Battersea SW11 5RQ Sometimes I wonder if I my writing has the reverse Midas touch. Mandarin street, The ... Read Feature

Join the Discussion

Latest From Instagram