Yesterday I decided to get some take out from Kita No Donburi, at the bottom of Seymour Street. I was on my way back to the office and was looking for either something quick/cheap and cheerful or quick/value for money.
I noticed that Kita No Donburi opened a couple of months ago, was meaning to try it out but the only thing stopping me were all the bad reviews. Bad reviews and maybe also the plastic food on display (I'm like Colin Ferrall in the movie In Bruges--he has an unhealthy fascination with midgets; I have an unhealthy fascination with plastic food). Decided to try it out myself and I have to say that it's true the service is bad but it's honest. Also, the food portions are fair, the quality is lacking a bit and the prices average.
I ordered the Chicken Katsu Curry around the same time someone else ordered the same. She got her to go order within 2 minutes but I was still waiting 5 minutes when the hostess came over to me and showed me something in a bowl (not a to go container) and asked me if that's what I had ordered. It wasn't what I ordered and for the record, even if I was I would have said "no". I am not about to eat an upside down curry. The hostess then came back and asked me to what I ordered and if I had my receipt. I showed her my receipt, to which she said, "Oh, Chicken KATSU Curry!" and proceeded to yell my order, again to the open concept kitchen. Another staff member then told me I would have to wait two more minutes. The total wait time was around 15 minutes (even with all the hiccups), so I'll give them that Kita No Donburi is quick but not efficient in service.
When I got back to my office--I opened the box and it was a nice portion of chicken, rice and pickled vegetables. The curry was a bit bland for my liking and the chicken was a little lost in the breading but I wasn't put off by the food. All in all, I don't hate the place. Next time I'll try the Agedashi Tofu Don and see what happens.