When people think of Japanese hamburger restaurants, they tend to think of MOS Burger, Freshness Burger, or even Lotteria. However, there’s one even older, and that’s Dom Dom Hamburger.
One of the inspirations for me starting this blog was the extensive and well-written 1000 Things About Japan, written by Orchid64. I was reading an entry last Friday that happened to mention a place called Dom Dom Hamburger.
Wait, what? I was stunned. How could there be a hamburger chain in Japan that I didn’t know about? Turns out that, despite it having existed in Japan since 1970, a surprising number of Japanese people have never heard of it. Then again, there are only supposed to be about sixty of them nationwide. I checked and found exactly three in Tokyo: one in Nerima (far away), one in Kodaira (far away), and one nearby my main branch. So tonight, after work, I took the 南北線 two stops to 志茂駅, then walked down the road to an old Aeon mall, inside of which was Dom Dom Hamburger.
Typical of most Japanese burger chains, the patties themselves are pretty anemic, and their sandwiches aren’t the most innovative, but what sets them apart are their sides (e.g. garlic shrimp, curly fries all year) and a selection of crépes. I ordered their limited-time Spicy Chili Burger and a side of garlic shrimp (the latter of which were Japanese style, i.e. shells and legs still attached). Pretty tasty, actually, and I’d like to try some of their other sandwiches. Unfortunately, the one I visited is actually the most convenient for me, and it’s still an extra thirty minutes and a few hundred yen each way just to go, plus I can only go on Sundays and holidays, so I doubt I’ll visit very often. Still, it’s good to know that Japan can still surprise me after two and a half years.