Tonkatsu, Japanese breaded pork 豚カツ

Tonkatsu, a popular Japanese specialty

Tonkatsu, a Japanese culinary specialty, is a very common Japanese dish, which consists of a piece of fried breaded pork. It is found in different forms in all types of restaurants. Learn more about this specialty, which is just as popular as ramen!

The different tonkatsu recipes

There are, however, several other ways to enjoy tonkatsu. Served on a bowl of rice and covered with eggs and spring onions, it becomes katsudon, literally "bowl of katsu", an example of donburi, delicious! With curry, it becomes katsukare. This dish is also served with rice. Finally, in a sandwich, it is then a katsusando, which you will find in many konbinis. There are also tonkatsu skewers, the kushikatsu.


Un katsudon classique

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Un katsusando industriel

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Repas classique avec un tonkatsu

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Tonkatsu recipe

Our choices to eat tonkatsu in Tokyo

Here are three addresses of restaurants known for their tonkatsu in the capital:

  • Butagumi

It is THE benchmark for tonkatsu in Tokyo. Not far from the Nezu museum, this restaurant located in a small traditional house uses only very high-quality pork. The chef has mastered the perfect cooking of the meat, which is more tender and thicker than elsewhere. To consume without moderation!

Address: 2 Chome-24-9 Nishiazabu, Minato City, Tokyo 106-0031


Le tonkatsu à Butagumi

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