Rating: 7 / 10
Gyudon bowls are not something I typically veer towards. I've nothing against them, it's just I generally like my spice or soup so this kinda falls inbetween. However, in Chiang Mai, one night a group of friends from "We Didn't Land On The Moon" bar decided to head over there, so we crammed into the backseat of a taxi, passing the nightmarket with tourists vying deals (rip offs).
My friends opted for the soba noodles, I went for the gyudon bowl with a soft egg yolk, ponzu sauce, seaweed and some greens. A small bowl of chilli oil on the side gave me hope.
It ate like a treat, but was a tad too sweet for my likings. Even the healthiest plunge of chilli oil couldn't rescue it from candy-territory, a flavour profile I tend to avoid in all my munchings.
However, if you're feeling frisky and tired of Khao Soi, then do stop by here for some good quality food made by a dedicated chef in a trendy little eating hole.
These recommendations are just personal opinions based on my palate, things change, chefs get fired or replaced, places open-close, relocate, so take it all with a pinch of MSG and discover your own gems too. But please do try a few of these, they have been researched exhaustively.
"Sadness is tempered by umami, grief by the motion of slurping, hope restored in the ladling of glistening, fatty broth"