Around the corner from Omotesando Koffee is a restaurant that I was eager to try as I had heard they have a reputation for great tonkatsu.


Arriving at 2.30pm I was fortunate they don’t adhere to the ubiquitous 2pm cut-off for lunch orders in Tokyo.

I select the ロース かつ (rōsu katsu) made with tender pork loin.

But, of course, the meal starts with an appetiser plus genmaicha (rice tea) which combines green tea and brown rice.

When lunch comes it’s on the familiar serving tray common at many restaurants and includes rice, the deep fried pork, a bowl of miso soup and a pickle salad. Plenty to fill my hungry little tummy.

The rōsu katsu is in fact plated on a stainless steel mesh beside a large handful of clean, grated cabbage. It’s moist and freshly cooked to perfection. Divine.

The miso soup is unusual but equally delicious with pieces of spring onion and bacon.

The small salad of pickles and lettuce is a nice touch and tastes typically Japanese.

17/20 food (taste) : superb

14/20 food (selection) : admittedly they specialise but there’s still quite a good range from which to to choose

15/20 staff : friendly and helpful with sufficient English for me to understand the different selections; frequently re-filled my cup of tea

12/20 atmosphere : comfortably air-conditioned; seated at a “sushi train”-like bar

17/20 price : set-price menu for ¥990 is excellent value, especially in this part of town

75/100 total : I am looking forward to becoming a regular customer

Until I find better tonkatsu I expect I will make the trek frequently. They also have a take-away set-up just outside the restaurant (above) for those in a hurry at lunchtime.



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