Donya Japanese Cuisine is a humble Japanese stall nestled in the corner of Blk 126 Toa Payoh Lorong 1’s coffeeshop. A casual and simple place to grab some quality Japanese eats, Donya Japanese Cuisine is actually opened by the same team behind Tenryu Japanese Dining & Teahouse at the Dairy Farm Estate.
At Donya Japanese Cuisine, the menu has a strong focus on donburi and prices start from a mere S$5.80 for a delicious bowl of goodness. Affordable? Yes. Tasty? You bet.
We decided to try the Chicken Katsu Don (S$5.80) and my, are we glad that we did. Apart from being a value-for-money meal, the Chicken Katsu Don was extremely tasty and the marination of the chicken was spot on.
The Chicken Katsu Don also comes with miso soup on the side.
We also had a try of the Mentai Maki (S$5.80) and Donya Maki (S$5.80). Although we wouldn’t say that it is the cheapest Maki that we’ve tried, we still felt that this was a pretty affordable dining option and that the quality of the Maki was worth the money.
Drizzled with a generous portion of torched Mentaiko sauce before being topped off with Tobiko, we thoroughly enjoyed every mouthful of this dish as the Mentai Maki (S$5.80) was charged with so much flavour. We were also glad that they included cucumber into the Mentai Maki as it added a refreshing crunch to the Maki.
Another Maki that the chef recommended us to try was the Donya Maki (S$5.80). The Donya Maki was similar to a California Roll, except that it was topped with a thick slab of salmon and torched Tama Miso sauce. Smokey yet crunchy (yes to cucumber!), the Donya Maki would be a good side to enjoy with your meal.
Other donburi that you can try at Donya Japanese Cuisine include the Chicken Teriyaki Don (S$6.80), Chicken Karaage Don (S$6.80) and the Chicken Mentai Katsu Don (S$6.80).
Looking for a good yet affordable Japanese meal in Toa Payoh? Donya Japanese Cuisine will be a good place to try.
Donya Japanese Cuisine
126 Toa Payoh, Lorong 1,
Daily: 11am – 2.30pm, 5pm – 9pm
Nearest Station: Braddell