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Diners queue outside the Covered Market’s Donburi Inn after it reopens


Sep 7, 2022

It's a welcome sight – hungry diners queuing outside Donburi Inn at the Covered Market in Oxford.

But it’s a scenario that hasn’t been witnessed at the historic market for quite some time.

The business needed some renovations following the pandemic and following a temporary closure, has just reopened, much to the delight of its loyal customers and other traders in the market.

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Popular dishes from the Chinese stir fry and Japanese curry menus are now enticing diners back, and there is also Japanese Donburi, noodle soup, fried rice and fried noodles to enjoy.

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A member of staff said on Instagram: “We are back! It has been a long long time. We are exciting to see you guys again.”

A customer replied: “OMG – I can’t believe it I’m so happy.”

Diners can takeaway or enjoy Donburi dishes inside, in the ‘garden’ area created by staff.

The market featuring food stalls, clothes shops, and a wide variety of other businesses, is run by landlords the city council.

The council has had a policy in recent years of splitting up large retail units into smaller units to make them more attractive to smaller businesses.

Market managers are delighted to welcome back the Donburi team following its temporary absence.

Donburi Inn opened in the market in January, 2020 after the owners of Jeongs Dosirak (Korean Lunchbox) transferred their lease.

Donburi Inn has a five-star rating on reviews site Tripadvisor.

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One review from last year said: “I love this little place; yes its tiny and is in the busy Covered Market, but they are just so great in there and the food is amazing!

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“Always used to take my little boy as the food options are great for little ones.

“Highlights always the Char Sui Pork Don, Salt and Pepper Chicken, any of the Gyoza and the Prawn Tempura Ramen.”

Another reviewer said: “The chefs are super kind and I would say it’s great value for money if you are very hungry.

“The portion is massive in my opinion so it suits hungry people 😉 Basically, you will feel quite full. Also the location is great. The Covered Market is very central. I’ll come back again.”

Another customer was full of praise at the end of 2020, saying: “Amazing food at a reasonable price.

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“My wife is Japanese and is quite picky with Asian restaurants, she was very pleased by Donburi Inn.”

“Hands down the best Asian restaurant in Oxford in my opinion.”

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Following a temporary closure on June 4, the restaurant reopened on August 27.

According to its Facebook page, new dishes have been added to the menu and it opens every day until 5pm.

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This story was written by Andy Ffrench, he joined the team more than 20 years ago and now covers community news across Oxfordshire.

Get in touch with him by emailing: Andy.ffrench@newsquest.co.uk

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