Well, "don" or "donburi"is a large bowl of steamed white rice. If tempura is put on top of rice, for example, the dish is normally called tempura-don, or ten-don for short. If it is topped with cooked beef (=gyu), it will become gyu-don.
Then what is 親子丼 （おやこどん、oyako-don）, or "parent-and-child bowl"? Can you guess?
To know the answer, look at the photo below. Yes, it is a chicken-and-egg bowl. Needless to say, おや（oya, parent) is chicken and こ（ko, child) is an egg.
When I was a child, I didn't like this name very much, because it always made me imagine a mother and her children being cooked in the same pan and served in the same bowl. How cruel! When chicken is replaced with other meat such as beef and pork, it is called 他人丼 (たにんどん tanin-don, strangers bowl), which sounds even sadder than oyako-don.
Oyako-don is one of the typical dishes at home. It is easy to make: you cut chicken into dice and slice onion, cook them in soy-flavored dashi (fish stock) , add a beaten egg just before turning off the heat to prevent overcooking the egg. Then you put it on top of steamed white rice and garnish it with mitsuba, a herb similar to parsley, if you want.
At restaurants, serving it with an egg yolk is becoming a trend, because we love the creamy texture of a raw egg, believe it or not.
Four type of yakitori and an onsen tamago (lit. hot spring egg), or a special boiled egg with custard-like unique texture, are put on the rice. Skewers used to grill the meat have been removed. The green stuff on the chicken is wasabi.
This is how the restaurant looks from outside. It looks like an old Japanese house in the countryside, but actually located at the very center of Tokyo. Isn't it nice?
Unfortunately, the service is not super friendly. When my husband asked them to change the order, the guy who took the order looked very reluctant and even a bit angry with us, although he agreed to change finally. If they had already started the preparation, he could have told us so nicely. We don't get mad about such a trifle thing.
But except this small incident, I was pretty much happy with the lunch at Torimikura. My delicious oyako-don was only \1,000 including miso soup and some pickles, and the yakitori-don that my husband had was \1,300 because he added grilled liver. Pretty reasonable for the quality.
3-12-4 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
4-minute walk from Omotesando Station
Mon. thru. Fri.: Open 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., 6 p.m.-11:30 p.m.; Sat., Sun. & holidays, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., 5-10:30 p.m.
Budget: for lunch \1,000-2,000; for dinner \5,000 per person.