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The New Dom Dom Burger with a Whole Fried Crab There are a LOT of fast food burger joints in Japan, but only one can lay claim as being the first-ever home-grown hamburger chain: Dom Dom Burger. Since its humble beginnings in 1970, back before McDonald’s or Mos Burger became a thing in Japan, this burger chain prided itself on offering “delicious food and fast service at great value”, and that still rings true today at Dom Dom’s 70-plus locations around the country. Now, Japan’s oldest hamburger chain is teaming up with Japan’s oldest amusement park for the opening of a brand new Dom Dom location in Tokyo’s historic Asakusa district. And what makes this store different from the others is not just the location but the menu, which includes a few exclusive offerings you won’t find anywhere else. The new Dom Dom branch will open on the grounds of Hanayashiki on 19 September. First-time diners at Dom Dom won’t be disappointed with the popular Big Dom (500 yen [US$4.77]), a recommended standard menu item which delivers a cheesy hit of meat with fresh tomato and lettuce. The burger grabbing the spotlight at the moment, however, is the Whole!! Crab Burger (990 yen), which, as the name suggests, contains a whole fried soft-shelled crab and embellishes it with cheese, lettuce, mayonnaise and onion. This is a showstopper in terms of looks, and when it comes to taste, it’s a winner as well, releasing a great depth of flavor with every bite. The new crab burger is being released to celebrate the opening of the new branch, and will be available at all Dom Dom locations from 19 September. Staff say the menu at Asakusa will change from time to time to keep diners interested, but for now, those with a sweet tooth will be able to enjoy Asakusa-exclusive exclusive fried dough cake steamed buns for 150 yen each. The new branch will also be delivering from October to cater to fans unable to visit the store. Those who do visit the store, however, will be glad they did, because it’s a rare chance to enjoy a taste of Japan’s first burger chain at Japan’s first amusement park. And to top it off, it’s a short walk away from Japan’s first tempura restaurant as well.

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