Restaurant Japan, 〒151-0051 Tokyo, Shibuya, Takashimaya Times Square, 千駄ヶ谷５丁目２４−２ Published on: 05-04-2016
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Why Katsukura is special ?
Katsukura has an English menu; your best bet is the prix fixe, which is cheapest at lunch and comes with free refills of rice, a creamy miso soup with daikon and wakame, shredded cabbage, and pickled vegetables.
Choose between the rosu, or pork loin, and hire (pork fillet). The fillet is softer and leaner, but the fattier loin packs more flavor. Since you're doing the deep-fried thing anyway, why not enjoy a little more fat, and at a lower price, to boot?
You can choose the basic pork to a higher quality one—on the set menu, 120 grams of Tohen pork is 2120 yen, or about $21.
Once your order's placed, you'll get a mortar full of sesame seeds, so get to work with the pestle and grind that down. When it's ready, you'll add your preferred tonkatsu sauce—the large ceramic crock is sweeter; the medium a little thicker. The pork comes quickly, perfectly fried and placed on a rack.
- The best fried pork cutlet in town
- Tender, light and completely delicious!
- Terrific tonkatsu
- Delicious and fun
- Best pork katsu in town
- Noise level Normal
- Budget Medium
- Alcohol YES
- Air condition YES
- Had kid menu NO
- Accept credit card YES
- Serve breakfast NO
- Serve halal NO
- Serve vegeterian NO
Japan, 〒151-0051 Tokyo, Shibuya, Takashimaya Times Square, 千駄ヶ谷５丁目２４−２
Tips for you
This is the Tokyo branch of a renown shop in Kyoto and you can tell that from the attention paid in the selection of the Kyoto-style pickles (tsukemono), the great quality of rice served and the miso soup, which is based on white miso (much greater quality than the usual, intense, dark one) with some tasty spices that shows how much more sophisticated is the last in Kyoto area than in Tokyo. The wide choice of pork-cutlets (you can choose between loin type and filet type) also by weight (from 90 gr. to 170 gr.) and of side dishes and the availability of seasonal special menus, always based on Kyoto tradition, assures you that you can enjoy a great meal with lots of volume, great quality and a reasonable price. Sliced cabbages, rice and miso soup can be reordered for free any time during the meal.
We had Tonkatsu dinner on the same floor 2 years ago but it used to be a Wako Tokatsu shop. Katsukura service is much better. I was tempted to order top of the line pork thinking that the meat would be much more tender but the waitress was kind enough to "suggest" that local Japanese only order the standard pork and it's good enough. She saved us a lot of $$. My little daughter had the child set, it was beautifully presented and I "helped" her finish some of the food which was delicious! I think it was croquette and prawn. The pork was juicy, delicious and the kids enjoyed grinding the sesame seeds for us. The sauces were good too!
The best tonkatsu I've ever had the pleasure to ingest. Upon being seated, you are given a mortar and pestle from which to get your sesame grind on! After that you can personalize your sauce from swee