Crunchy outside, juicy inside. Tonkatsu is one of the classic dishes that everyone visiting Japan should try! The popular dish consists of a thick piece of pork deep fried in a crispy breading. It's simple, but so delicious when cooked perfectly. Here's where to find the best tonkatsu in Tokyo!
Maisen is a famous tonkatsu restaurant chain with many stores located throughout Japan. They are known for using very high-quality meat for their tonkotsu, and you can choose from various cuts of pork from different parts of Japan. Among the selections available are Tokyo pork, Okinawa kurobuta, and Crimson pork. It's this attention to detail of the meat that sets this place apart.
As many of the Maisen restaurants are in popular locations with easy access, it's usually pretty easy to find one close to where you are. Check out Maisen the next time your craving some tonkatsu!
Marugo is a wildly popular Tonkatsu restaurant located 4 minutes away from Akihabara Station, the electronics district of Tokyo. As this store was selected as a Bib Gourmand restaurant in the Tokyo Michelin Guide, it's common to see a long line forming outside before opening time. Don't let this dissuade you, though! Incredible tonkatsu with light, flaky breading that is on offer inside is worth the wait! Despite it's reputation, the prices are very affordable and friendly even to the frugal traveler's budget. Check this place out for some awesome tonkatsu!
Tonki is located 3 minutes away from Meguro station, and has an old-fashioned Japanese atmosphere. There are two floors, with counter seats, private rooms and table seats.
Tonkatsu Tonki is a wonderful tonkatsu restaurant with an old-fashioned vibe. Open since 1939, the shop is well known by locals, and you can expect to wait a little bit when you visit. The menu is very simple, which makes ordering easy. You can have sirloin, filet, or skewer katsu, either as a set meal, or a la carte. Here, the katsu is breaded with flour and egg instead of panko, which is common with newer-style tonkotsu. This makes for an interesting and crispy exterior that is satisfying to bite into. If you're wanting to try some excellent, traditional tonkatsu in a classic Tokyo atmosphere, this is the place to go!
Butagumi is located 8 minutes away from Roppongi station, in Azabu. The charming restaurant looks like an old Japanese-style house, and has a unique, moon-shaped window on the second floor. The chef here is a pork fanatic, and has tasted many types of pork from all over Japan, which is why he strives to provide only the best quality meat at Butagumi.
The menu features different types of pork from many prefectures in Japan, as well as pork from different countries like France, Spain and Hungary. When choosing your Tonkatsu, you can choose where you want your pork to come from, which is awesome!
Katsukura is a Tonkatsu restaurant originally established in Kyoto. Now they have several locations in places like Shinjuku, Ueno, and Yokohama. Therefore, the side dishes and some of the ingredients used suggest a taste of Kyoto-style Japanese cuisine.
Katsukura uses high quality pork, as well as healthy plant oil for frying in order to create a juicy but light tasting Tonkatsu. They mainly serve Tonkatsu as a set meal, so you can enjoy your Tonkatsu with other delicious, small dishes.
This article introduced some famous Tonkatsu chain stores as well as local Tonkatsu stores within Tokyo! I hope that you can enjoy some of the best tonkotsu Tokyo has to offer while you're here!