You should definitely try it! 5 Delicious Tonkatsu Shops Around Kyoto Station
Tonkatsu is a dish that is created by covering a pork in panko breadcrumbs and then deep-frying it in hot oil. There are many restaurants in Kyoto where you can eat delicious tonkatsu, but here are five of the recommended shops near Kyoto Station that serve this tasty dish.
1. Katsukura Kyoto Station Building The CUBE Shop
Katsukura is a tonkatsu shop that is located in the Restaurant Street of the specialty mall The CUBE in Kyoto Station. This restaurant is known for its commitment to pursuing the kind of deliciousness in tonkatsu that is also healthy for the body. Aside from their Sangenton Hirekatsu-zen (Sangen Pork Filet Katsu Set) (price starts at 1,400 JPY (incl. tax)) and Sangenton Rosu Katsu-zen (Sangen Pork Tenderloin Katsu Set) (price starts at 1,280 JPY (incl. tax)), they also offer various other dishes such as seasonal set meals (priced at around 1,500 JPY (incl. tax)) that will give you a taste of the flavors of the season. This restaurant uses a special blend of cholesterol-free oil for deep-frying the tonkatsu. Here, you can eat tonkatsu that is crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, and has a rich and refined taste.
2. Tonkatsu Satsuma Kyoto Yodobashi Shop
Tonkatsu Satsuma is a tonkatsu shop that can be found inside the Yodobashi The Dining area on the 6th floor of Kyoto Yodobashi Building that is directly connected to Kyoto Station. Their tonkatsu is made from carefully chosen pork, covered in a special batter made from select breadcrumbs, and then cooked at perfect temperature and it ought to satisfy you both in taste and volume! This restaurant uses strictly selected local pork and carefully deep fries the tonkatsu when it is at its most delicious state, sealing in the natural juices of the meat inside the coating. Their famous dish is the Rosukatsu Teishoku (Pork Tenderloin Tonkatsu Meal) (120g) (1,188 JPY (incl. tax)), an addictive dish characterized by the crunchy texture of the tonkatsu with natural juices that will spread in your mouth.
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3. Suika KYK Kyoto Branch
Located at the Kintetsu Mall Miyakomichi near the ticket gates of the bullet train at Kyoto Station, Suika KYK is one of the brands under the specialty tonkatsu restaurant chain KYK that believes in the philosophy of “hospitality through taste with a heart." Inside this restaurant, which is decorated in flowers symbolizing every season in Japan, you will be treated to a higher level of service and hospitality, and you will be able to drink delicious alcoholic beverages with your meal. Suika KYK is particular about the ingredients they use in their dishes, using only the carefully selected pork from the hundreds of pork varieties found in Japan. Even when it comes to the rice in its meals, they chooses the most delicious local rice every year. When you visit this restaurant, try the Kokusan Ro-sukatsu-zen (Local Pork Tenderloin Tonkatsu Set) (140g) (1,540 JPY (incl. tax)).
4. Tonkatsu Ichiban
Tonkatsu Ichiban is located along the back alley near Kyoto Aquarium, a little outside of Kyoto Station. This restaurant, which is considered as a secret hideaway that is housed in a converted machiya (traditional townhouse), serves Japanese-style Western cuisine, centering on tonkatsu. You can order the Rosu Tonkatsu (Pork Loin Tonkatsu) (850 JPY (excl. tax)) and the Hireniku no Tonkatsu (Fillet Tonkatsu) (1,000 JPY (excl. tax)) that are made with close attention on the thickness of their batter coating and how well-fried they are. Both dishes are made using Hokkaido pork. The bento (Japanese box lunch) that you can take out is also recommended. Aside from tonkatsu, this restaurant serves a wide variety of other dishes, too, including fried shrimp (1,200 JPY (excl. tax)), cream croquette (750 JPY (excl. tax)) and Salisbury steak (850 JPY (excl. tax)) that are very filling and come at reasonable prices.
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5. Wako JR Isetan Kyoto Shop
Wako, located at the 11th floor of JR Kyoto Isetan, is a tonkatsu chain restaurant that was the first among the many dedicated tonkatsu restaurants in Japan to offer unlimited rice, miso soup, and shredded cabbage. It also pioneered the placement of tonkatsu on top of a wire rack so that the coating of the tonkatsu will not absorb the excess water from the cabbage, ensuring that the tonkatsu is kept crunchy up to the last bite. Here, the recommended dish is the Rosukatsu Gohan (Pork Tenderloin Tonkatsu with Rice) (1,728 JPY (incl. tax)), and you can choose which kind of pork you want in your dish from the four brands of pork available: Waton Mochibuta, Ryuukaton, Miyagino Pork, or Datezakura Pork. You can eat the tonkatsu with the sauce, or instead put some oba genmai shio (perilla and unpolished rice salt) to draw out the taste of the meat.
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All the shops listed here are near Kyoto Station, so they are very accessible. These are recommended to travelers who want to eat a proper meal before they go sightseeing in Kyoto, so please check them out!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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