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The Donburi House

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Published July 18th 2019
High quality Japanese dishes, done right
The Donburi House is the latest restaurant to open up along the Sturt Road strip in the Adelaide CBD. Jialu "Lulu" He is the sole chef of Donburi house, run alongside her co-founder Ping Liew. They offer a large range of high-quality Japanese dishes, perfect for sharing. It's the kind of place you want to stay a while over a drink or two.

The Donburi House dishes modern Japanese cuisine on Sturt St, Adelaide.
The outside of The Donburi House on Sturt St in the CBD. Photo by Sarah Lawrie.


There's both outdoor seating (weather permitting) and indoors that wraps around to the side. Don't let the space fool you though, this place is booked most nights so we recommend a reservation to guarantee a seat - or try a Japanese Whisky while you wait!

The Donburi House dishes modern Japanese cuisine on Sturt St, Adelaide.
There's a large selection of Japanese dishes to choose from. Photo by Sarah Lawrie.


While Donburi does play a big part in the menu selection, you'll also find Japanese favourites like Gyoza, Miso and Katsu dishes. For spice lovers, you might like to try the Wafu Chilli Prawns (the orange dish above).

The Donburi House dishes modern Japanese cuisine on Sturt St, Adelaide.
A standout of the day - the Kawara Soba noodles. Photo by Sarah Lawrie.


Kawara Soba is a fascinating dish. Kawara is actually a type of roof tile in Japan, and that's how the dish was originally cooked - on a roof tile! So as you eat, the noodles get crispier and crispier on the bottom. Definitely one to try on your next visit.

The Donburi House dishes modern Japanese cuisine on Sturt St, Adelaide.
The carbonara of Japanese dishes. Photo by Sarah Lawrie.


For those wanting to try an East meets West fusion, the Mentaiko and Mushroom Creamy Udon is like the Japanese version of carbonara. One to try for those that love those creamy pasta sauces.

The Donburi House dishes modern Japanese cuisine on Sturt St, Adelaide.
Look out for the stunning Okawari artwork on the wall. Photo by Sarah Lawrie.


Make sure you stop to take a look around at the artwork before devouring everything - you may know them from the cover art for Japanese artist DJ Okawari. The piece pictured above is one giant screen print, which is just stunning.

The Donburi House dishes modern Japanese cuisine on Sturt St, Adelaide.
Inside The Donburi House. Photo by Sarah Lawrie.


For vegans and vegetarians, there are also plenty of options with a vegan menu available including Yakisoba and Mapo Tofu. There's even a soybean milk-based hot pot available!

The Donburi House dishes modern Japanese cuisine on Sturt St, Adelaide.
Breakfast is available from 11am. Photo by Sarah Lawrie.


An English breakfast menu and coffee are also available Tuesday through to Friday from 11am.

The Donburi House dishes modern Japanese cuisine on Sturt St, Adelaide.
The popular Beef Tongue Donburi. Photo by Sarah Lawrie.


If you're trying a Donburi dish - make sure to take your time sampling the rice. Chef Lulu has perfected her method using high-quality Japanese rice to bring you some of the best-tasting rice outside of Japan.

The Donburi House dishes modern Japanese cuisine on Sturt St, Adelaide.
Beer, whisky and cocktails are all available. Photo by Sarah Lawrie.


Whether you want a typical Japanese beer with your meal, or something to finish off the night, Donburi House has you covered. Whisky Tasting Sets are available as well as a great range of local gins.

The Donburi House dishes modern Japanese cuisine on Sturt St, Adelaide.
Gyoza dumplings are always a winner. Photo by Sarah Lawrie.


If you're after take-away, UberEats orders are available at lunchtime. We think the handmade Gyoza dumplings would be perfect for lunch!

They're also family-friendly with change tables available and plenty of space for a pram or high chair.

If you want to finish off the night right - don't forget dessert. Why not try a classic Matcha Shiratama Dessert?
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Why? Creative Japanese flavours that keep bringing you back.
When: Tuesday - Sunday 11am–2:30pm, 5–10pm, Monday's Closed.
Phone: (08) 6245 6173
Where: 52 Sturt St, Adelaide SA 5000
Cost: $$
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