My English conversation school is located just in front of JR Otsu station. Although this is the centre of Otsu and only a few blocks from the Shiga prefecture parliament buildings, it’s not exactly a hot bed of high end cuisine. In fact, there are very few options, especially for lunch. We have the basics: ramen, udon & soba, Chinese cuisine, and simple lunch fare such as curry & rice and sandwiches. What we have been missing is a quick, affordable and healthy option. As of this week, we have just that! A new shop has opened called Don Maru, which specialises in seafood rice bowl, called “donburi”. This restaurant offers take-out only, regular rice bowls are 500 yen (about $5), large size rice bowls are 600 yen, rice bowls with extra toppings are 700 yen. The wonderful thing is that all bowls are the same price, and they offer 84 types! A huge set of options which is literally overwhelming but actually so wonderful after years of dining at a small number of restaurants with very limited menus. This shop actually advertises themselves as offering 84 plus options, since every day they have 2 daily specials and sometimes they will offer seasonal specialities. This is truly a great new shop and I look forward to slowly eating my way through the entire menu! If you want to try it yourself, it is located next to Trois Rangees bakery, a few doors down from Smith’s School of English Otsu. Why not grab a bowl after class?
Edward, Smith’s School of English Otsu