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KIMUKATSU (Ebisu)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 27.2012 Tempura & Tonkatsu 3 comments 0 trackback
キムカツ outside
Wanna try a different kind of Tonkatsu? There are a couple of places I could think of, but my favorite is KIMUKATSU in Ebisu.


キムカツ up2
What makes their tonkatsu unique is that pork loin is thinly sliced instead of cut into to one thick piece. 25 of them are stacked and made into one regular size tonkatsu.


Some people callキムカツ up
it mille-feuille tonkatsu because of its layers.


キムカツ cheese
You can have the regular tonkatasu, but you can have it with filings and there are 6 of them. Cheese, garlic, kurokosho (black pepper), negi shio (salt marinated green onion), umeshiso (sour plum with Japanese basil and yuzu kosho (yuzu with pepper)). The above picture is cheese.


キムカツ sanpin
If you are more than 2 people, you can order 3, 4 or 5 flavors and share it.


キムカツ set
Or if you are dining by yourself, you can order the set menu with only one tonkatsu for 2,460 yen.


キムカツ kimukatsu sando-crop
You can also do takeouts or bring back a KIMUKATSU SANDO (Kimukatsu sandwich) for 680 yen as omiyage (gift) for your family.


キムカツ inside enlarge
Kimukattsu is owned by a large restaurant group. One of its female employees always thought that most tonkatsu were too oily for women and came up with the idea of Kimukatsu. Because of this their tonkatsu are not oily, but juicy inside. It has become very popular and the wait could be long at times, but it you want to try a different kind of tonkatsu, check Kimukatsu out. They have other locations as well.


キムカツ menu


KIMUKATSU (in Japanese, キムカツ)
Address: 4-9-5 Ebisu Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都渋谷区恵比寿4-9-5)
Nearest train station: JR or Tokyo Metro Ebisu (3 min walk),
Tel: 03-5420-2929
Reservations: No
Website: http://www.kimukatsu.com/ (in Japanese only)
English menu: Yes
Credit Card: Yes
Open: Monday-Thursday, Sunday 11am-10pm
Friday, Saturday & Holiday 11am-11pm
Closed: January 1st

Prices: Kimukatsu (Pork cutlet) 1,480 yen
Atsugiri (Thick pork cutlet) 1,860 yen
Nihin Mori (2 choices of pork cutlet) 2,500 yen
Sanpin Mori (3 choices of pork cutlet) 3,980 yen
Yonpin Mori (4 choices of pork cutlet) 5,400 yen
Gohin Mori (5 choices of pork cutlet) 6,800 yen
Kimukatsu Course (Appetizer, 1 choice of Kimukatsu, Rice. Miso soup, Pickles
Soft drink, desert) 2,460 yen
Atsugiri Course (Appetizer, Atsugiri, Rice. Miso soup, Pickles
Soft drink, desert) 2,840 yen
Takitate Gohan Set (Rice, Miso Soup, Pickles set) 450 yen
Kimukatsu Sando (Kimukatsu sandwich) 680 yen
Other dishes 380-1,000 yen




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HORAIYA (Ueno/Okachimachi)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 06.2012 Tempura & Tonkatsu 0 comments 0 trackback
蓬莱屋 outside
There are three famous Tonkatsu restaurants in the Ueno area, which are called Ueno Tonkatsu Gosanke. All three of these restaurants have been open for at least 70 years, but first Tonkatsu restaurant to serve pork fillet tonkatsu instead of pork loin tonkatsu is HORAIYA at Ueno/Okachimachi.


蓬莱屋 ひれかつ
They only have 4 dishes and their most popular one is FILLET KATSU TEISHOKU (Pork fillet cutlet with rice and miso soup) for 2,900 yen. 99% of the customers order this,


蓬莱屋 ひれかつ 2
The famous film director from 1930-50's, Yasujiro Ozu was a regular here and had this delivered to the studios often for lunch. Because of this many of his fan's from around the world visit Horaiya and enjoy what he enjoyed.


蓬莱屋 ひれかつ 1
It comes with rice, miso soup and pickled vegetables. (All three other dishes do as well)


蓬莱屋 ひと口かつ
Next is HITOKUCHI KATSU TEISHOKU (Bit-sized pork fillet cutlet with rice and miso soup) for 2,900 yen. The only difference is that the fillet is cut into small pieces first before frying it.


蓬莱屋 串かつ
It you aren't that hungry and want less tonkatsu, there is KUSHI KATSU TEISHOKUI (Pork fillet cutlet kebab with rice and miso soup) for 1,900 yen. The fillet is thinly sliced instead of the normal tonkatsu size.


蓬莱屋 東京物語膳
And if you want to enjoy both Hitokuchi Kastu & Kushi Katsu, you can try TOKYO MONOGATARI ZEN (Mix of kebab & bit-sized pork cutlet in a bento box) for 2,400 yen. Tokyo Monogatari is one of the famous movies from Yasujiro Ozu and this dish was named after the movie to honor him. Unlike the other dishes, this comes with a scoop of ice cream.


蓬莱屋 inside
Horaiya opened in 1912 and is one of the oldest tonkatsu restaurants in Japan. When the chef/owner passed away a couple of years ago, for several years the tonkatsu was over cooked and left many regulars disappointed. But over the last year or so, things have improved and on most days the quality of tonkatsu is as good as the past. It maybe a little expensive compared to other tonkatsu restaurants but if you are in Ueno/Okachimachi area its worth the stop for lunch or dinner.


蓬莱屋 menu


HORAIYA (in Japanese, 蓬莱屋)
Address: 3-28-5 Ueno Taito-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都台東区上野3-28-5)
Nearest train station: JR Okachimachi (3 min walk),
Tokyo Metro Ueno Hirokoji (2 min walk) or Toei Subway Ueno-Okachimachi (2 min walk)
Tel: 03-3831-5783
Reservations: No
Website: http://www.ueno-horaiya.com/hp/english.html
English menu: None
Credit Card: VISA only
Open: Monday-Friday 11:30am-1:30pm, 5pm-7:30pm
Saturday, Sunday & Holiday 11:30am-2pm, 5pm-7:30pm
Closed: Wednesday (if Wednesday is a national holiday, the following thurthday will be close)

Prices: Fillet Katsu Teishoku (Pork fillet cutlet with rice and miso soup) 2,900 yen
Hitokuchi Katsu Teishoku (Bit-sized pork fillet cutlet with rice and miso soup) 2,900 yen
Kushi Katsu Teishoku (Pork fillet cutlet kebab with rice and miso soup) 1,900 yen
Tokyo Monogatari Zen (Mix of kebab & bit-sized pork cutlet in a bento box) 2,400 yen




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RAKUTEI (Akasaka)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 25.2011 Tempura & Tonkatsu 2 comments 0 trackback
楽亭 outside
Have you ever walked into a restaurant where everything was simple, but in harmony. Food, chef, service, interior and the air/atmosphere. I was only 11 yrs old when my grandfather took my mother and I here and 35 yrs later I feel the same harmony that I did when I was 11. One of the top tempura restaurants in Japan is RAKUTEI at Akasaka.


楽亭 menu
They only provide a course menu for either 10,500 yen or 12,600 yen. The difference is 12,600 yen comes with 2 extra prawns and 1 extra seafood.


楽亭 エビ
It may not be in this order, but from the sea EBI (Prawn),


楽亭 あなご
ANAGO (Sea eel),


楽亭 イカ
IKA (Squid),


楽亭 メゴチ
MEGOCHI (Big-eyed flathead fish),


楽亭 キス
KISU (Sand borer) will usually be served.


楽亭 ナス
And vegetables depend on whats in season, but NASU (Eggplant)


楽亭 松茸
and during the fall, MATSUTAKE (Matsutake mushroom) is my favorite.


楽亭 かき揚げ丼
Last you get to choose either TENDON (Tempura over rice),


楽亭 天茶
or TENCHA (Tempura & hot green tea over rice) to finish your meal.


楽亭 inside
Their tempura is very light, covered by a thin layer of batter compared to other tempura restaurants. Unless you ask the chef, he won't tell you what he is serving you, but if you ask him, he will answer back very politely, a true master of his profession and at least 80 years old. Some people say that their service is not up to standards of the other top restaurants in Tokyo and actually this maybe true, if you are looking for service like a top Kaiseki or French restaurant. But in my opinion, they try not to over service customers to keep everything in harmony, which is refreshing. And the least I can say is that Rakutei's tempura will go par or better with any tempura restaurant in Japan. Although I don't trust any of the Michelin guides of Japan, they have been awarded 2 stars ever since Michelin Guide Tokyo was first published in 2007.


楽亭 set


RAKUTEI (in Japanese, 楽亭)
Address: 6-8-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都港区赤坂6-8-1)
Nearest train station: Tokyo Metro Akasaka (5 min walk)
Tel: 03-3585-3743
Reservations: Yes (must)
Website: None
English menu: None
Credit Card: No
Open: Tuesday-Sunday 12pm-2pm, 5pm-8:30pm
Closed: Tuesday

Prices: Course menu for 10,500 yen and 12,600 yen only
Difference is 12,600 yen comes with 2 extra prawns and 1 extra seafood



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TONKATSU YACHIYO (Tsukiji)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 07.2011 Tempura & Tonkatsu 0 comments 0 trackback
とんかつ八千代 outside
When I was an A&R man working at one of the major record labels in 90's, we would use a famous recording studio close to Tsukiji Fish Market for recording and record until early in the morning.(musicians are night people as you can imagine) After work, we would always go eat breakfast(?) at Tsukiji Fish Market. There were 5 restaurants we would go to and TOKANTSU YACHIYO was one of them. From its name, you might think that Tonkatsu Yachiyo (usually just called Yachiyo) signature dish is Tonakatsu (deep fried pork), but its actually known for its deep fried seafood.


とんかつ八千代 kurumaebi, kaki, hotate
There are over 20 mixed combinations of these deep fried dishes, but you would always want a Kuruma Ebi (Prawn) or Dai Kuruma Ebi (Large Prawn) in the dish you are going to order. There is KURUMA EMI, KAKI, HOTATE FURAI TEISHOKU (Deep Fried Prawn, Oysters, Scallop with Rice & Miso Soup) for 1500 yen. Unlike other shops all fishes including prawns are from Japan. (usually prawns are from southeast asia) It is cooked extra crispy and fishes are fully cooked, but scallop, oyster and prawn are cooked medium rare inside to keep it juicy.


とんかつ八千代 kurumaebi, aji, hotate
Other dishes are KURUMA EMI, AJI, HOTATE FURAI TEISHOKU (Deep Fried Prawn, Horse Mackerel, Scallop with Rice & Miso Soup) for 1500 yen, Add for an extra 100 yen, you can add curry over your rice like in the picture.


とんかつ八千代 daikurumaebi
DAI KURUMA EMI TEISHOKU (2 Deep Fried Large Prawns with Rice & Miso Soup) for 3500 yen ,


とんかつ八千代 大海老・アジフライ・ホタテフライ
or if you want to have other seafood with the large prawn there is DAI KURUMA EMI ,AJI, HOTATE FURAI TEISHOKU (Deep Fried Large Prawn, Horse Mackerel, Scallop with Rice & Miso Soup) for 2800 yen, which is my favorite since the large prawn is the best I ever had and consider by many the best in Tokyo.


とんかつ八千代 anago kaki
If you don't like prawns but sill want to eat seafood there is dishes like ANAGO, KAKI FURAI TEISHOKU (Deep Fried Sea Eel & Oysters with Rice & Miso Soup) for 1500yen,


とんかつ八千代 nakaochi
or if you want to eat sashimi since you came to Tsukiji Fish Market, there is NAKAOCHI SASHIMI, NITSUKE TEISHOKU (Tuna Sashimi, Sake simmered fish of the day with Rice & Miso Soup) 1100 yen.


とんかつ八千代 rosskatsu
If you are with someone who can't eat any seafood, there is the regular ROSUKATSU TEISHOKU (Pork Loin Tonkatsu with Rice & Miso Soup) for 1400 yen, but their tonakatsu is average and over cooked in my opinion.


とんかつ八千代 chashu
And if you are really lucky and just happen to visit on either Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday before 8am, their non deep fried signature dish, CHASHU EGG TEISHOKU (Roast/Boiled Pork & Sunny Side Up Eggs with Rice & Miso Soup) for 1200 yen. This dish has been introduced by so many gourmet programs on TV in the last couple of years that its sold out before 8am. Tourists who come for this usually have no idea that Yachiyo is better known for its deep fried seafood than Chashu Egg.


とんかつ八千代 inside
Yachiyo is a small restaurant with only 10 counter seats and not like all restaurants inside Tsukiji Fish Market, you are there to just eat, not to have a relaxing meal. Try not to talk much with your friends or family, just eat and go. Its located right next to the famous Sushi Dai, where there will be an enormous line of people waiting to eat there, so you can't miss it. Once again, do try Dai Kuruma Ebi (large prawn) not the regular size one, if possible. Its the best.





TONKATSU YACHIYO (in Japanese, とんかつ八千代)
Address: 5-2-1 Tshukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
located inside Tsukuji Market, building name is Tsukiji Oroshiuri Shijyo 6 Gohkan
(in Japanese, 東京都中央区築地5-2-1 築地卸売市場6号館)
Nearest train station: Tokyo Metro Tsukiji (5 min walk)
or Toei Subway Tshukiji Shijyo (3 min walk)
Tel: 03-3547-6762
Reservations: No
Website: http://www.tsukijigourmet.or.jp/21_yachiyo/index.htm (in Japanese only)
English menu: None
Credit Card: No
Open: 5am-1pm
Closed: Sunday, Holiday and also when Tsukiji market is closed.

Prices: Kuruma Ebi, Kaki, Hotate Furai Teishoku
(Deep Fried Prawn, Oysters, Scallop with Rice & Miso Soup) 1500 yen
Kuruma Ebi, Aji, Hotate Furai Teishoku
(Deep Fried Prawn, Horse Mackerel, Scallop with Rice & Miso Soup) 1500 yen
Dai Kuruma Ebi Teishoku, Aji, Hotate Furai Teishoku
(Deep Fried Large Prawn, Horse Mackerel, Scallop with Rice & Miso Soup) 2800 yen
Dai Kuruma Ebi Teishoku (2 Deep Fried Large Prawns with Rice & Miso Soup) 3500 yen
Anago Kaki Furai Teishoku (Deep Fried Sea Eel & Oysters with Rice & Miso Soup) 1500yen
Chashu Egg Teishoku (Boiled Pork & Sunny Side Up Egg with Rice & Miso Soup) 1200 yen
(Available Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday only)
Rosukatsu Teishoku (Pork Loin Tonkatsu with Rice & Miso Soup) 1400 yen
Nakaochi Sashimi, Nitsuke Teishoku
(Tuna Sashimi, Sake simmered fish of the day with Rice & Miso Soup) 1100 yen

Topping: For an extra 100 yen they will add curry on your rice




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TONKI (Meguro)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 14.2011 Tempura & Tonkatsu 0 comments 0 trackback
tonki outside
There are many famous TONKATSU (Pork Cutlet) restauarnts in Tokyo, but one that is well known to almost anyone is TONKI at Meguro. When I first started working in Tokyo, my boss brought me here. I always heard about Tonki, but since it was the opposite direction from my apartment at that time, I wasn't in a rush to eat there. But since I've been living not too far away for the last 15 years, I do go eat here whenever I can. Whats unique about Tonki's tonkatsu is the crust. Most tonkatsu are full with breadcrumbs, but Tonki's is more like a thick batter.


tonki rosu3
Tonki has only 3 main dishes. Their most popular dish is ROSU KATSU TEISHOKU (Pork Loin Cutlet with Rice, Miso Soup & Pickles) for 1,800 yen.


tonki filet
Many women order less fatty HIRE KATSU TEISHOKU (Pork Filet Cutlet with Rice, Miso Soup & Pickles) for 1,800 yen.


tonki kushiage tsuki
A few order KUSHI KATSU TEISHOKU (Pork Cutlet on Stick with Rice, Miso Soup & Pickles) for 1,550 yen.


tonki inside2
If you are really hungry and just want more meat, you can order an extra KUSHI KATSU (Pork Cutlet on Stick) for an additional charge to any of 3 main dishes. Also, cabbage and rice is free of refills.


tonki takeout
You can also takeout all dishes. If you just want to takeout its better to call before and tell them when you will be picking up. They don't do deliveries.


tonki inside4
Tonki just has counter seats (about 35) and they are usually always full. If all the seats are full, there is bench right along the wall so customers can wait until counter seats become available. Also, its not open for lunch and because of the counter seats, if you have little children this is not the place to go. But if you enjoy tonkatsu, this is one of the restaurants you wanna go to in Tokyo plus you will get to see how they make tonkatsu right in front of you, which is interesting to watch if you never have.


tonki menu


TONKI (in Japanese, とんき)
Address: 1-1-2 Shimo-Meguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都目黒区下目黒1-1-2)
Nearest train station: JR & Tokyo Metro Meguro (2 min walk)
Tel: 3491-9928
Reservations: No
Website: None
English menu: No
Credit Card: Yes
Open: 4pm-10:45pm
Closed: Tuesday & 3rd Monday of the month

Prices: Rosu Katsu Teishoku (Pork Loin Cutlet with Rice, Miso Soup & Pickles) 1,800 yen
Hire Katsu Teishoku (Pork Filet Cutlet with Rice, Miso Soup & Pickles) 1,800 yen
Kushi Katsu Teishoku (Pork Cutlet on Stick with Rice, Miso Soup & Pickles) 1,550 yen




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MASARU (Asakusa)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 29.2011 Tempura & Tonkatsu 0 comments 0 trackback
masaru outside
Having a good full course tempura meal at a tempura restaurant is expensive and not a daily or even monthly cuisine, but having a Tendon (Tempura over rice bowl) is and there are fast food shops which offer it for about 500 yen. Even at a normal restaurant its somewhere between 1,000-2,000 yen. All the prawns come from Thailand and other fish are not even caught in Japan, but not MASARU. Masaru only uses the best prawns and fish caught at Tokyo Bay. Top seafood caught at Tokyo Bay is very expensive even compared to other areas of Japan.

masaru menu
Tourist visit Asakusa to see one of the most famous temples in Tokyo, Sensoji. In Asakusa there are many great restaurants since most of them have been operating over 50 yrs. There are a couple of famous tendon shops in Asakusa as well, but Masaru is my favorite although it is double or triple the price compared to other shops. The first time I went to Masaru was about 20 yrs ago. I heard about Masaru from others and anyone who ate there said it was not your ordinary tendon and worth every yen. Masaru's menu is very simple. They offer 4 types of tendon.


masaru oiri
Most people have Oh-Iri Edo-Mae Tendon (Special Mix Tempura Bowl) 3,500 yen, which comes with one Kuruma Ebi (Prawn), Anago (Sea Eel), Kisu (Sand Borer Fish), and Megochi (Big-Eyed Flathead Fish). The tempura is extra crispy and larger compared to other tendo shops, which makes Masaru unique.


masaru ebi
If you can't eat fish or want Kuruma Ebi (Prawns) only, have Kurama Ebi Tendon (Prawn Tempura Bowl) 4,800 yen, which comes with four Kuruma Ebi (Prawns) only. But I would recommend to go for the Ohi-Iri Edo-Mae Tendon ,if you can eat fish. No one orders the other 2 tendons, so don't even consider them. Also, all the tendons don't come with Miso Soup, so if you want one it will be 200 yen extra.


masaru outside1
Masaru is only open for lunch between 11am-3pm, but will close earlier than 3pm when they are sold out. They don't take reservations and unless you are lucky, you will see people waiting outside to get in so there is a decent wait. You should call Masaru before you visit since they won't even open, if the chef can't purchase the best Tokyo Bay prawns/fish at Tsukiji Fish Market that morning. (you can probably guess by how the weather is in Tokyo since fisherman can't go out to the sea if its too windy or heavy rain)


masaru asakusa
If you plan on visiting Asakusa for sightseeing, Masaru is one of the restaurants I strongly recommend for lunch.


MASARU (in Japanese, まさる)
Address: 1-32-2 Asahi, Taito-ku, Tokyo (in Japanese, 東京都台東区浅草1-32-2)
Nearest train station: Tokyo Metro/Toei Subway/Tobu Asakusa (3 min walk)
Tel: 03-3841-8356
Reservation: No
Website: None
English menu: No
Credit Card: No
Open: 11am-3pm
Closed: Wednesday, Sunday & Holidays (also when chef can't purchase best prawns/fish at Tsukiji Fish Market)

Prices: Kurama Ebi Tendon (Prawn Tempura Bowl) 4,800 yen
Oh-Iri Edo-Mae Tendon (Special Mix Tempura Bowl) 3,500 yen
Edo-Mae Tendon (Mix Tempura Bowl)
Anago Tendon (Sea Eel Tempura Bowl) 2,500 yen
Miso soup 200 yen




MASARU introduced on Japanese TV show.
Oh-Iri Edo-Mae Tendon (Special Mix Tempura Bowl) 3,500 yen



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