A classic tale of one in search for a familiar taste in a new land; I have put myself up for an experiment to satisfy my own craving. This is Simply Craving, a column where we explore places to take a bite. We mean to be neither food critics nor food snobs; we simply want to share our foodie experience in Japan.
After living in Texas for over twelve years, my palate has accustomed to the frequent rolling of sandwiches. So even though I loved Japanese sandwiches, once in a blue moon I dreamed of a meaty, hearty, and fresh sandwiches that I couldn’t find in Japan. My quest for a decent sandwich started with a sense of setting myself to fail; but pity me not! I have found Café & Kitchen DooLittle, an eatery in Nagoya that has quite a reputation for their corned beef sandwich.
The establishment gives a contemporary feel as soon as you step in, with decks of current magazines, modern décor, and light fixtures. A relaxed atmosphere and enough external lights make this eatery a perfect spot to eat and hang out, or work if you have to. I am one of those people who love open kitchen where I can see my meal being prepared; DooLittle’s kitchen is open enough for you to sneak a peek into what is being prepared.
A little bird told me that this place serves one of the best corned beef sandwich in Japan, so I had to try it to believe that statement. Now, let’s be clear, I was not expecting it to taste as good as Kat’s Deli in New York, but just good enough to keep my craving down.
For 950 Yen, the corned beef sandwich came with a decent serving of salad and a scoop of mashed potatoes. The sandwich itself did not have mountainous stacks of corned beef; While I appreciate their effort in making the corned beef in-house from scratch, the amount of corned beef left an imprint in my brain that this is a diet sandwich by American standard; but who am I kidding, I am in Japan, where food portion tends to be smaller in size.
Taking the first bite, I did not believe what I have just tasted; my hands were holding the sandwich so I had to slap myself with my tongue to ensure this is real. The succulent and juicy corned beef and fresh veggies mixed well together. Would I say this sandwich is as good as those in the state side? Maybe, but I can definitely say, it doesn’t taste like a Japanese sandwich. This is it!
I tried two drinks: a limited time chocolate hazelnut milk and a grapefruit ginger ale. I reluctantly ordered them as I dislike the bitter taste in grapefruits (it was recommended by one of the waiter). The chocolate hazelnut milk was amazing; it has a similar taste of Bailey’s Irish Coffee that I enjoy quite fondly. I can’t say the same for the grapefruit ginger ale; but that is relative to my dislike of the grapefruits itself; no harm done.
Has DooLittle made me a believer that in the East there is hope for the likes of me who need a little familiar taste away from home? I would say so, but it will also be disrespectful not to appreciate its uniqueness and individuality of the eatery. Give it a try and tell me what you think about it!
Cafe & Kitchen DooLittle
nu Building 1F
5-3 Tashirohontori, Chikusa Ward
Aichi Prefecture, Japan 464-0827
OPEN 11：00～21：00 L.O.（Lunch Time 11：00～15：00）closed on Wednesday
via Subway Kakuozan Station (Map)
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