Updated: January 21, 2019
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Butagumi In Tokyo - One Of The Best Tonkatsu Restaurants!


If you're a tonkatsu fan, you've got to try Butagumi near Roppongi Station. It's hands down one of the best restaurants for the genre in Tokyo. Although it's a little expensive, you'll be amazed by how good their tonkatsu is!

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Butagumi is an outstanding tonkatsu (deep-fried pork cutlets) restaurant located in a quiet residential area near Roppongi Station.
It's located in an old traditional house that is extremely charming. Step in and you're in for a tonkatsu experience that is way out of the ordinary.

A Japanese Chef Influenced By French Cuisine

For one thing, the chef at Butagumi was trained extensively in traditional French cuisine so that might be a reason why his tonkatsu is different. He's extremely particular about the meat he uses and the thickness and the coating must be just right.
The pork is selected for its natural sweetness and savoury umami. The pieces are thicker than what you would get at most other places and the fat content is not too high so it doesn't feel too heavy.
The meat is not the only thing the chef is particular about either. Everything from the rice to the cabbage is carefully supervised and selected for the best taste.

Also, the homemade dipping sauce is just right and goes so well with the crispy and juicy tonkatsu!

Incredible Variety

Another thing that sets this place apart is the huge variety of tonkatsu you can select. Usually, restaurants that serve tonkatsu have two or three options but Butagumi has at least eight with some additional seasonal specials. You can select different meat cuts that vary a little in terms of fat content and flavour. There are some pretty high-end parts too. You can have for instance the sirloin tonkatsu of a special brand of pork from Shizuoka that is ¥3,700. It's said to have a superb rich taste.
That being said, you won't go wrong with the standard set either! The served delectable deep-fried pork croquettes made with minced meat from ¥1,500. The submarine lunch set at ¥2,800 with meat that is from the belly is also an extremely popular option.

This tonkatsu is on average perhaps twice as expensive as what you get elsewhere but you will taste and see (the dishes are indeed beautifully presented) the difference!
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