Juicy and delicious! 5 Popular Tonkatsu Restaurants Around Osaka and Umeda Stations
Tonkatsu is a thickly sliced, deep fried pork cutlet that's a popular Japanese meal. Here are some delicious tonkatsu restaurants around Osaka and Umeda Stations where you can get your fill!
1. Tazumura Daimaru Umeda Branch
This restaurant is one minute away from JR Osaka Station, on the 14th floor of the department store Daimaru Umeda. They cover the kurobuta pork raised in Kirishima in coarse panko and fry it without haste so you can enjoy crisp, flavorful pork. Since they use canola oil, which has no cholesterol, it's rather healthy.
Budget example: Pork loin katsu set (1,420 JPY (incl. tax))
English, Chinese (traditional and simplified), and Korean menus available.
*Photo is for illustration purposes.
2. Katsukura Umeda Chayamachi Branch
5 minutes from Hankyu Umeda Station is this restaurant in the basement of the multiuse commercial building Applause Tower. Inside the same facility is the Hotel Hankyu International, so it might be a good idea to stop by this restaurant if you're staying there. The tonkatsu here is wrapped in tasty panko, fried to crisp yet fluffy perfection, and is full of the delicious taste of pork. They fry the tonkatsu in zero cholesterol vegetable oil. The sauce is the shop's original recipe using red wine and a chutney made with fruits like apples, so you can use a lot of it and enjoy a mellow yet rich flavor. There's also a rich sauce made with 11 types of spices, so please pick the one you prefer.
Budget example: Filet katsu zen-set (160 g, 1,880 JPY)
*Photo is from a different branch in the same franchise
3. Tonkatsu Satsuma Yodobashi Umeda Branch
This restaurant is on the 8th floor of Yodobashi Camera in front of Umeda Station. Of course they offer their standard tonkatsu, but they have a wide menu full of filling dishes like gyukatsu (fried beef), fried shrimp, pork kimchi katsu and fried chicken sets, and more. Depending on the menu, there are a variety of sauces to choose from like demiglace sauce or oroshi tsukimi ponzu (citrus soy sauce with grated daikon radish and an egg yolk). It's a great place to stop by while shopping.
Budget example: Pork loin tonkatsu set (120g, 1,274 JPY (incl. tax))
*Photo is of the pork loin tonkatsu set
The wide restaurant holds 72 seats.
4. Tonkatsu KYK Hankyu Sanbangai Branch
This restaurant is on the B2 floor of Hankyu Sanbangai, a shopping center directly connected to Hankyu Umeda Station. It's a branch of a popular franchise that began in 1965, centered in Kansai. They carefully pick which pork to use from several hundred brands nationwide, and they use slightly sweet panko. They mix soybean and vegetable oil for frying, so it's 100% plant-derived. Even though it's fried, it doesn't have a greasy aftertaste, so you can easily eat it.
Budget example: Okinawan Ryukaton pork loin katsu set (140g, 1,380 JPY (incl. tax))
*Photo is of the Okinawan Ryukaton pork loin katsu set (140g)
5. Tonkatsu Ganko Umesankoji Branch
This popular restaurant is just 7 minutes from JR Osaka Station. The pork is their original Ganko Herb pork, raised surrounded by nature in Australia. The fat is sweet and the meat soft and juicy. The sauce is their original recipe, made with plenty of fruits. If you add sesame to the sauce before you eat it, it will bring out the flavor of the tonkatsu even more.
Budget example: Pork loin katsu (993 JPY during lunchtime (incl. tax))
*Photo is for illustration purposes.
All of these restaurants are in convenient locations, so you can easily stop by while sightseeing in Osaka. Please enjoy some delicious tonkatsu during your trip!
*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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