Updated: July 16, 2019
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Unknown Nagoya Restaurant With the Best Butadon You'll Ever Eat!


This article is about a restaurant you've definitely never heard of in north Nagoya called 'Donburi Pot.' It's a tiny shop run by a husband and wife that mostly serves customers taking a break from the large pachinko parlor across the street. The absolute must-try item here is the butadon (pork bowl), which I will introduce in this article.

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Tender, Juicy, Irresistible Butadon

'Donburi Pot' is a small restaurant that specializes in donburi (rice bowls). The shop has a fairly simple menu that consists of several types of butadon (pork bowls) as well as katsudon and a few other types of donburi. Any of the pork bowls are fantastic, but the one that I get every time I go is the 'Shio Negi Butadon' (salt and green onion pork bowl).
This lunch set is just ¥700 and includes the butadon, some pickles, and miso soup. I added a soft-boiled egg for an extra ¥60, which is well worth it!
The pork is mind-blowingly soft. It's closer to chashu (the braised pork used as a ramen topping) than just grilled pork, and falls apart in your mouth. It's seared in a fry pan and coated in a light, lemony sauce that gives a bright burst of acidity.
The egg is extra, but adds a very nice texture contrast and added umami that is unbeatable.
Witness one of the most delicious donburis in Japan (in my opinion). The bright tang of the negi shio sauce balances the rich fattiness and umami of the pork, and the onions give it a luscious crunch and freshness. This is heaven!
¥760 seems too cheap. Ordering another is always tempting, but one set is enough food to fill up a hungry stomach.


'Donburi Pot' is quite off the beaten path of most visitors to Nagoya. From Nagoya Station you can get there on bus #13, which will take you all the way there. The store is right across the street from ZENT, a large pachinko parlor where you can experience Nagoya's pachinko culture(just be careful not to spend too much money!)
I live in west Tokyo and spend most of my time thinking about food or going bouldering.

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