The Cougar Reviews: Domoishi – The Cougar
Domoishi is the new restaurant on Martin Luther King Boulevard, replacing Azza Cafe. This restaurant advertises menu items such as ramen, poke, wings, and tea.
Domoishi has been a topic of conversation among the students, leading some of The Cougar staff to try the food and have their say.
Lisa El-Amin (Deputy Editor)
My list of favorite foods includes ramen and poke, so trying Domoishi’s menu was a must. I heard some mixed reviews, which prompted me to try it for myself. I have to add that I really like the interior of the restaurant with its bright and open layout.
After debating between menu options, I ordered the spicy tonkatsu ramen and added chicken. The ramen includes a variety of standard but delicious toppings such as boiled eggs, scallions, and fish cakes.
For me, the noodles had the perfect amount of chewiness, and paired with the toppings, they made every bite satisfying. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the broth, so I’d say the brown sugar boba has to be my favorite before their spicy tonkatsu ramen.
The cost of the menu items is a bit high in my opinion and they currently don’t accept cougar money so it’s not something I would splurge on every day but hopefully I will be a regular customer for boba and poke.
Overall the staff is nice and the service was quick and organized. I expect Domoishi to get a lot of business and look forward to trying the other items on the menu.
Logan Linder (lead writer)
As a vegetarian, there were enough options available to satisfy me at Domoishi. Tofu is available and can replace meat in ramen and poke bowls. Unfortunately, their appetizers are lacking as only fries, edamame and vegetable spring rolls are available.
Aside from the boba, my favorite part of Azza when it was at this place was the kimchi fries and unfortunately Domoishi doesn’t seem to have anything similar.
As for the wings, I hope they decide to add vegetarian options soon as I would love to try their spicy garlic and soy wings. For boba, they have essentially limitless options. I’ve tried two different combinations so far, coffee milk tea with brown sugar boba as well as peach berry tea with mango jelly. Both were delicious, but I would definitely order them less sweet next time.
I’m determined to sample all the teas and toppings available until I find the holy grail of boba. I wish the price was lower because it costs an extra 75 cents per garnish added to the drink. Soon I see myself visiting Domoishi at least once a week to order boba and spring rolls.
Sydney Rose (editor)
I went to Domoishi with high expectations as I had been fighting over a new boba since Azza closed and came out quite pleased with the results!
I ordered the prawn shumai for an appetizer, which I enjoyed, but when I only got six pieces, I really wanted more. For the main meal, I had a custom poke bowl, and as someone who could eat poke with every meal if it was socially acceptable, I have to say I loved it.
There were so many different options for toppings (I obviously got them all) and there were a variety of ways to customize your own bowl.
To top it off, the main reason I wanted to try this new place was for the milk tea. I ordered the coffee milk tea with brown sugar boba and it was a great mix. I chose the “regular” sweetness option, which I might have to choose a less sweet alternative next time as it was a bit too sweet for me.
Overall the environment of the place is very nice and I can definitely see myself going back to try other poke bowl combinations as well as sample the ramen. My only issue is the price as everything seemed much more expensive than Azza or other Houston milk tea and poke bowl alternatives I’ve had.