5 Restaurants in Tokyo Where You Can Enjoy Filling and Juicy Katsudon!
As a popular tourist spot, the streets of Tokyo are lined with countless restaurants. This article will focus on 5 of the best restaurants in Tokyo where you can enjoy the dish katsudon.
- What is Katsudon?
- 1. For Delicious Katsudon: Maisen Aoyama Honten
- 2. For a Choice Between Pork Tenderloin and Pork Loin: Tonki
- 3. For the Rare Combination of Katsudon and Grated Mountain Yam: Niimura Tonkatsu Nishi-Shinjuku Branch
- 4. For a Perfect Katsudon Lunch at a Soba Restaurant: Nadai Fujisoba
What is Katsudon?
Katsudon is a type of donburi (rice bowl), a popular, yet humble, food of the people. Thinly sliced onion and breaded pork (tonkatsu) are bound together with eggs and simmered in a sweet and salty broth, then this is placed on top of a bowl of white rice. It is available from specialist tonkatsu restaurants and a popular choice at soba noodle shops. Some regions like Fukui Prefecture and Fukushima Prefecture have their own style of Katsudon where they coat the tonkatsu in special sauce* before placing it on the rice.
*A type of Worcester sauce similar to brown sauce that is thick and fruity with a sweet and sour flavor
1. For Delicious Katsudon: Maisen Aoyama Honten
Tonkatsu Maisen is one of Japan’s best-known Tonkatsu chains, a d even has branches overseas. The main branch in Aoyama is approximately a 3-minute walk from Omotesando station. The best option to try is the 'Kurobuta (black pig) Katsudon Set Meal' (1,536 JPY (excl. tax)). The tonkatsu cutlets are made only with carefully selected pork. The tendons are diligently cut and the meat tenderized to break down the muscle fibers, making the meat so tender that it is said you can cut it with chopsticks.
Foreign Menu Available: English, Simplified Chinese, Korean
Foreign-Language Speaking Staff: English
2. For a Choice Between Pork Tenderloin and Pork Loin: Tonki
This is a popular restaurant in Toyosu, part of the Tokyo Bay Area not far from places like Ginza. They serve two kinds of katsudon. Choose either the 'Pork Loin Katsudon' (1,200 JPY (incl. tax)) made with flavorful pork loin or the 'Pork Tenderloin Rice Bowl' (1,250 JPY (incl. tax)) made with lean and healthy pork tenderloin. Dishes are made using ‘Rose Pork’, a brand produced in Ibaraki Prefecture, famed for its fine-grained, tender meat.
3. For the Rare Combination of Katsudon and Grated Mountain Yam: Niimura Tonkatsu Nishi-Shinjuku Branch
At this restaurant, you can try the unique 'Tenderloin Katsudon with Grated Mountain Yam' (Katsudon only: 1,250 JPY, set meal: 1,400 JPY (both incl. tax)). A fragrant, deep-fried pork cutlet is topped with sticky, grated mountain yam. The preferred way to eat it is by adding wasabi seasoned soy sauce for a fresh taste. They also offer a regular katsudon, available with a choice between tenderloin or loin meat (Katsudon only: 1,250 JPY, set meal: 1,400 JPY (both incl. tax)).
Foreign Menu Available: English
4. For a Perfect Katsudon Lunch at a Soba Restaurant: Nadai Fujisoba
Nadai Fujisoba is a well-known soba chain with many restaurants, the majority of which can be found in Shibuya and Shinjuku. They offer a variety of soba and udon noodle dishes, but the katsudon is also held in high regard. Their original sweet sauce permeates the katsudon, providing the perfect complement to the melt in the mouth eggs. Prices may vary slightly between branches, but you can usually enjoy katsudon on its own for around 500 JPY. Katsudon sets (740 JPY), that offer udon or soba dishes alongside the katsudon, are also popular.
5. To Enjoy a Thick-Cut Katsudon: KENBI
At this popular izakaya, you can enjoy a variety of dishes including sashimi and soba. The 'Thick-Cut Katsudon' (1,080 JPY (excl. tax)) offers a filling, satisfying, generous portion. For lunch, try the popular 'Katsudon Set Meal' (890 JPY (incl. tax)) where you get your katsudon in a six-item set that includes soba noodles, salad, and fruit.
Foreign Speaking Staff: Chinese
If you are in Japan, try out one of these great Katsudon restaurants.
*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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