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Don Ishiyaki & Ramen

Dec 1st, 2011 | By | Category: Eatsboro
Don's interior

Don's interior provides a perfect ambiance for date night.

I have been living in the College Hill neighborhood for over two years now and have eaten at almost every restaurant on Tate Street. Don Japanese Ishiyaki & Ramen was the one exception and the last establishment to mark off my list.

The restaurant’s exterior is very modern and “expensive” to the eyes, but once you walk in you are greeted with a smile and a warm welcoming environment. The fancy exterior might be what kept me away for such a long time. Each table is sectioned off with privacy screens so you and your party can have a very personal dining experience. I would highly recommend this as a place to take a date. The intimate, low lighting and sectioned seating make you feel like you’re having dinner at home, but not cooking it yourself.

After you place your order a soup is presented as a starter. It was a pleasant surprise since usually you don’t get anything unless you pay extra for it. We were presented with a seaweed soup, which made for a salty delicious start to our meal.

Vegetable Don

The Vegetable Don is one of Don's ishiyaki dishes. Note the solid stone bowl and be careful it's hot.

For entrees Don offers many options, including sushi, dumplings, and bowl dishes such as ishiyaki, ramen, yaki ramen, and rice. I chose the Chicken Katsu Don rice bowl, while my vegetarian girlfriend opted for the Vegetable Don ishiyaki bowl.

The Chicken Katsu consisted of peppers, onions, breaded chicken cutlets and rice all swimming in a delicious wine sauce. The ishiyaki dish comes in a hot stone bowl that cooks as you eat. The trick is to use your chopsticks and press the food against the side of the hot stone bowl to sear each bite without burning yourself. It would be an excellent choice for someone who enjoys talking a lot during meals instead of diving right in. You are also brought the standard white sauce along with a tasty smoke-flavored red BBQ sauce. I’ve also heard great things about the sushi and plan to try it next time.

Soup's on!

Complimentary soup's on!

At the end of the meal we were presented with a scoop of ice cream and a soft crumbly dessert biscuit. The dessert course was included in the entree price, just as the soup was at beginning.

Don has won me over on many levels, and I will be returning. You really can’t find service this pleasant or a bowl of food the size of your head for under $10 in Greensboro too easily anymore.


Don Ishiyaki & Ramen
423 Tate Street, Greensboro | Map

Ice cream!

You scream, we scream

Phone: (336) 370-9677

Hours: 11am-10:30pm – Monday-Saturday, 3pm-9pm – Sunday

Pricing: Under $10

Vegetarian friendly: Yes

Family Friendly: Yes

Service: Fantastic

Take Out/Dine In: Both

Ambiance: 10/10

Overall Rating: 10/10

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One Comment to “Don Ishiyaki & Ramen”

  1. Julie Joyce says:

    Just went back for the first time in years…took the kids and Jay and we ate like PIGS. Seriously. I think we had 3 starters, 4 soups, 2 desserts, and 3 entrees and it was around 50 bucks. The waiter (possibly owner?) also gave us ice cream afterwards and brought some candy out for the kids. I highly recommend it, especially for people with kids who eat something other than chicken nuggets.

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