An institution. My go-to place for Tonkatsu in Tokyo. I keep coming back even though ever time I go in, I come out smelling like I was just deep fried in oil. But it is so worth it.
Let me start by pointing out that I am in awe of the old uncle that cuts all the Tonkatsu that comes straight from the frier to him. He waits no more than a minute – at most – and just cuts it to order. Bless his heart.
Most people think there are only 2 choices of Tonkatsu in Hire and Rohsu. Wrong. Don’t forget Kushi, which is Hire with Onions, more of a skewer (thus when you look at the Japanese menu and you see the Kanji for “skewer”, it is identical to that in the Chinese character (串).
I always add in the Kushi, along with my usual Rohsu – don’t shame me for liking my fat!
The Kushi is on the top here. And I can’t help but eat 2 bowls of rice and seconds of Salad as well. I use the Tonkatsu sauce as a salad dressing. And then all the Japanese around me look at me funny when I add the seven spice chili powder and Tonakatsu sauce to my rice. But, that’s me! You can eat it any way that you like. And I love the mustard on the pork, it makes it just right!
I think I need to compile a list of my Top 10 must eats, any time, any where, any day, when ever. This is there.