7 Must-Trys on Dobutsu’s Spring/Summer Menu

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Dobutsu specializes in American and Asian Pacific cuisine. Since opening, this restaurant has continued to impress many local foodies. With so many options, choosing can be v. overwhelming. Here’s a few must-trys to narrow it down for you!

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1. Fresh Catch

Dobutsu takes fresh seafood to a whole new level. Every day, they have a list of the day’s seafood and origin on their rotating Fresh Catch chalkboard. For example, some days their tuna is from Hawaii, some days it’s from Massachusetts, and others it’s from Spain. Really, it all depends on what’s the freshest. Talk about a fresh catch! Get it?

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2. Wagyu

Yes, they are known for fresh seafood, but they offer so much more. If fish isn’t your thing, try the robata grilled wagyu beef rib. This Australian wagyu beef is a nice balance between very rich Japanese kobe beef and the leaner American wagyu. Think best of both worlds!

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3. Tonkatsu

Tomahawk tonkatsu pork chop is called a cutlet above the rest for a reason. The bone-in 14 oz. heritage breed pork rib chop is breaded and deep fried in the traditional katsu cutlet style. Plus, it’s served with classic sides, short grain rice, lightly salted cabbage, and a house made katsu dipping sauce. 


4. Rock Shrimp Roll

This classic New England-style sandwich features slow poached rock shrimp dressed in a spicy citrus aioli and celeriac apple slaw, served on a fresh baked sweet roll that’s griddled to perfection. Basically, sounds like the ideal Nantucket experience without the 10-hour drive. Amirite?

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5. Caribbean Jerk Snapper 

This island favorite is made with the freshest snapper available from the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. These beauties are roasted in a hot cast iron, seasoned gently with a sweet and spicy jerk rub, and paired with crispy smashed potatoes, candied carrots, sweet pickled onions, and fiery habanero vinaigrette. Think bold, yet balanced flavors.

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6. Island-Inspired Cocktails

Sweet sweet summertime calls for refreshing cocktails. The Punkah Wallah is a subtly sweet citrus creation, made with of white rum, mango, pandan leaf, mint, lime, and palm sugar. If traditional tiki is more your style, the Painkiller is a solid pick. It’s made with light and dark rum, fresh made coconut cream, fresh pineapple and orange, and grated nutmeg. Both of these drinks were made for summertime drinking! Being a scratch craft cocktail program, nothing is out of bounds. The Dobutsu beverage team is skilled in classic and original recipes too, just mention what you like to drink and let them lead you to a new favorite.


7. Sake, Beer, & Wine

From Japanese sake to rotating drafts to unique wine varietals, the drink menu here has something for any and all drinkers. The quality to value focused wine and sake lists are carefully curated with the help of Dobutsu’s in house certified sommelier.


Can’t decide? Let them pick! Just say “omakase” this literally means “I’ll leave it to you.” You can say this whenever you want at Dobutsu and the staff will make the tough decisions for you. Just pick your dollar amount from a couple set options and that’s it. Easy breezy, right? Learn more about Dobutsu’s Omakase here.



500 Seneca Street, Suite 119, Buffalo



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