“Katsu sando” – a Japanese sandwich made with deep-fried breaded pork on soft-white bread – has been gaining a lot of fans worldwide as of late. The crispy and juicy cutlet (hence the name “katsu” meaning “cutlet”) is traditionally prepared with pork but it can range from chicken and beef to even seafood. Combining simple, yet delicious ingredients, katsu sando has captured the hearts of a lot of people and, in this article, you’ll get to know 5 places in Tokyo where you can find some of its most exquisite versions!
With more than 50 years of history in the neighborhood of Ningyocho, Tsukasa is a well-established restaurant specialized in Western cuisine. One of the restaurant’s signature dishes is the superb Katsu Sando (1,500 JPY (incl. tax)) made with Japanese Black Wagyu beef. The delicious cutlet is 3cm thick and covered with the house’s original blend sauce. It’s a mouth-watering beauty! The rich flavor the Wagyu beef gives to this sandwich is something you can only find in Japan, so do take your time to savor it. Make use of Tsukasa’s take-out and have some katsu sando to-go. A beautiful day at the park can only get better with these delicious sandwiches!
2. BAR ROBROY Nishi-Kasai Branch
BAR ROBROY offers a katsu sando prepared with a very generous piece of premium pork cutlet. Limited to only three servings per day, the dish called ROBROY Special Katsu Sando (1,380 JPY (excl. tax)) achieved popular acclaim due to its rarity. It comes accompanied with homemade pickles and salad, which is great, but if you want to grab one these babies before they’re sold-out, be sure to get there when the shop is about to open. And be careful because they don’t serve the sandwich during lunch hours! So come at night and enjoy this dining bar’s very exclusive katsu sando with a couple of cold ones!
3. madame shrimp
This is a very popular shrimp specialty restaurant located in Ginza. At this restaurant, you can have a different type of katsu sando: shrimp katsu sando! The restaurant’s Shrimp Katsu Sando (3 pieces 780 JPY (incl. Tax)) is one of the house’s staple dishes and provides that bouncy texture everyone loves about shrimp. One of the aspects the restaurant took special care when creating the sandwich was that it should be tasty (or tastier!) even when cold. This shop's katsu sando is a delicacy that only a restaurant with such expertise could have ever thought of. The restaurant has been attracting so much attention it has even been featured on Japanese TV shows. If you’re a fan of shrimp you should definitely check it out!
Sakurai offers a beef katsu sando made with the most tender cut of meat: tenderloin filet. The Beef Tenderloin Filet Katsu Sando (2,400 JPY (incl. tax)) is so delicate it practically melts in your mouth with each bite! The succulent beef cutlet in combination with the slightly toasted bread and its crispy texture makes this katsu sando one of a kind! Not to mention the demi-glace based sauce that adds to the sandwich’s addictive flavor! Sakurai also offers a Minced Beef Katsu Sando (1,250 JPY (incl, tax)) and Fried Prawn Sandwich (2,000 JPY (incl. tax)).
Using more than 300g of pork, CERVEZA’s offers a very sizeable katsu sando: CERVEZA Meibutsu Katsu Sando (1,400 JPY (excl. tax)). For this signature dish, the pork is cut only after the order is made. This guarantees that the cutlet is juicy and tender when the sandwich is brought to your table. The flavors of the special sauce and delicious pork will get you hooked as soon as you take your first bite! It’s the perfect companion for a cold beer!
Your mouth is probably watering right now after seeing all of these delicious katsu sando, right? They’re all waiting for you in Tokyo, so give them a try whenever you’re in town!
*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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