I Want Domo Taco Truck To Be Better Than It Is
When I saw Lunch’er Mike’s report last month that the Domo Taco truck improved, I was stoked. Back in February, Brian wasn’t such a fan, which was disappointing for a Japanese food fan like myself. But sometimes it takes a minute for a new establishment to get into a groove. When the truck hit up Midtown the other day, I was looking forward to give the truck a shot. Turns out my excitement may have been premature.
I ordered two tacos, the fish tempura taco (left, $4) and kare beef taco (right, $3). First of all, the fishy smell that greeted me as I opened the container was certainly a turnoff. I stomached trying it anyway, and was surprised to find the fish taco didn’t actually taste fishy. Baja style beer batter fish with miso slaw and pico de gallo sounds great in theory, but it lacked salt and seasoning. To make matters worse, the tempura batter absorbed liquid from everything else, making the fish soggy. The one factor that could be seen as redeeming is that the taco is a surprisingly large portion, including 2 sizable pieces of fish in one taco. What the taco boasted in size, though, it lacked in taste. Certainly not worth the extra buck.
The kare beef taco was described as tender sliced sirloin steak in Japanese curry with cucumber pineapple salsa and queso fresco. Unfortunately, the meat was definitely dry, not tender. The kare sauce was bland and had no bite. Maybe I’m too traditional when it comes to my taste for Japanese food, but pineapple is such a weird pairing for beef kare. I would have preferred a mango or peach salsa. Again, the taco wasn’t balanced and needed seasoning (worth nothing I didn’t request hot sauce on my food). Most importantly, the filling was too wet for a 1-ply corn tortilla — the whole thing just disintegrated when I tried to pick it up.
The side of yakisoba ($3) was the best of the items I ordered. Although the noodles were a little dry, the seasoning was correct. The noodles included sauteed red onion, a couple pieces of cabbage and a pinch of pickled ginger on the side. My husband tried the nacho tots, and unlike Brian’s experience, my husband said they tasted like Asian barbecue sauce. When he tried to pick one up, though, it just fell apart. So, oddly, utensils were required to eat the potatoes.
Although I think the concept is great and I really, really wanted to like Domo Taco, they definitely haven’t made great enough strides for me to make a return trip any time soon. Maybe Lunch’er Mike caught the truck on a good day, but I’m siding with Brian’s original assessment on this one.
According to their Twitter feed they’re back on Park btw. 46+47th today, but as always, check the Twitter Tracker before you head out. If you do decide to check them out for yourself, let us know if you hit or miss in the comments.