Japan's Take On Dominos Pizza

Dominos Japan has made it extra-easy for English-speaking customers to order from their site. What you’d want to eat there is a whole different matter. The company has been in Japan for a number of years, and largely has stayed true to the original concepts of the chain; simple crusts with cheese, sauce, and meat. It’s the general concept of a pizza accepted worldwide, and Domino’s didn’t create it, they just have done decently with bringing it to the masses. Domino’s Pizza in Japan is actually making a special attempt at staying true to the American concept, featuring the ExtravaganZZa pizza with pepperoni, bacon, ham, and olives, but that’s not the pizza you’re interested in. You can get that in America.

Types of Crust

Traditional crust is there, alongside the “Ultra Crispy”, appearing to be a thin-crust variant. Stack two and fill it with cheese, and you have a Mille-Feuille. Add another layer, and it’s the Triple Mile-Feuille. This honestly sounds amazing, and if it seems as if Domino’s has tried this in America in the past, we got the dual-layered version as the Crispy Melt Crust. An extra layer might have pushed Americans over the edge.

Odd Toppings

If you’re customizing, add your traditional toppings, but don’t forget the eggplant, corn, potato, broccoli, pimento, mayonnaise (which is put on everything in Japan), cambembert mix cheese, pancetta, anchovies, and fresh basile. The oddest America goes is philly steak and sliced provolone.

Quattro

Dominos Japan also loves to highlight their “Quattro” pizza, splitting a regular pizza into four quadrants for four different flavors. These quattros combine everything from Grilled Chiki-Teri, Mayo Jaga, Garlic Master, Amatariciana, Basil Shrimp, Goryeo Galbi (with “sizzling hot mayo”, a phrase that can turn stomaches), Iverico Pork, BBQ Garlic Chicken, Queen Margherita, and the traditional American Classic. It seems to be a decent concept, but when you can only really get two justifiable slices of each, it might end up with punches being thrown.

Side Dishes

Not interested in a pizza? Dominos has you covered with black chili soup, oven baked cheddar potatoes, risotto croquettes, spare ribs, rotessiries and fried chicken, popcorn shrimp, french fries, corn potage, and minestrone. A “Cheese Melt Shrimp” and a “Camembert Mille-Feuille Shrimp with Basil Sauce” are also there for snacking. Risotto croquettes, pictured to the right, look amazing… for those that like croquettes. If you’ve never had one, they’re basically breaded meat pastries. What part of that doesn’t sound gluttonly amazing?

Sandwiches

While we have bread bowls of pasta, Japan just has simple plates of the dishes (although, you can get an unhealthy helping of lasagna on your pizza). The oven baked sandwiches are different as well, with Japan having avocado shrimp, teriyaki chicken, shrimp mayonnaise, or what I actually wouldn’t mind trying, “Garlic Heaven”. Avocado and shrimp sounds more like it came from California than Japan.

Dessert

Need something sweet? You won’t find Cinna Stix, but you will find tiramisu Swiss rolls, freshly baked custard and apple pies, vanilla gelato and mango sorbets, and Chocolate Lava Crunch Cakes, albeit renamed as “Fresh Baked Fondant Chocolat”. The Dolce Calzone advertises itself as a calzone with maple sauce and pineapple. I guess that might sound appealing?

It seems as if you could survive pretty decently on Domino’s Pizza in Japan if you were transplated to the island nation. Some stuff stays the same, but if you want to venture above and beyond, you can get dishes that are close and approachable enough to the traditional. Be warned that you’ll be spending a fair amount; you’ll spend $38 American dollars on the Summer A Set, including a medium Quattro Great American, cheddar baked potatoes, and barbecue spare ribs. That’s nearly 8 Little Caeser’s Hot-And-Ready’s in America.