Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Layered Tonkatsu @ Genkatsu, Ginza, Tokyo

My second night in Tokyo sees me in Genkatsu, a restaurant that specializes in serving Tonkatsu, a popular Japanese-Western style Deep Fried Pork Cutlet that is usually served with Rice.

According to Fukuda-San this relatively new establishment (approximately 5 years) is famous for their layered Tonkatsu which is now gaining popularity among Tokyo-nians and is set to open several outlets across Japan.

Shredded Cabbage Salad
Simple Shredded Cabbage Salad
Our meal began with unlimited servings of Shredded Cabbage Salad. The Salad was shredded very fine and was crisp and had a hint of sweetness. It was very good with the simple dressing of Oil and Vinegar.

Assorted Tonkatsu: Original, Garlic, Spring Onion, Black Pepper and Cheese
Assorted Tonkatsu
Tonkatsu Layers
Layered Tonkatsu
Fukuda-san ordered a Tonkatsu sampler which consisted of Tonkatsu in 5 different flavors. Their layered Tonkatsu was definitely really good. The thin slices of Pork Meat was tender and well seasoned. But it wasn't as juicy as I'd like. The Batter itself was very light and crispy. Favorite flavors of mine were Garlic, Black Pepper and Spring Onion.

Assorted Dips: Salt, Tonkatsu Sauce and Shoyu
Dipping Sauces: Salt, Tonkatsu Sauce and Shoyu
We were also given three dips; Salt, Tonkatsu Sauce and Shoyu. Their Tonkatsu Sauce did not have the usual strong zing that is usually associated with store-bought versions. It had a a fruitier flavor similar to that of HP Fruit Flavor Sauce

Rice Bucket
Fukuda-san mentioned that the rice they used here is grown and sold only in Japan. The Rice came in a glossy finish almost looking like those Fake Food Samples in most Japanese Restaurants. I've never eaten such good Rice. The Rice was starchy but wasn't as mushy as the usual Japanese Rice and also had a little bite

Miso Soup and Pickled Vegetables
Pickled Vegetables
Miso Soup
The Miso Soup was a little too diluted for my liking.

Overall we had a simple but delicious dinner. Genkatsu's unique layered Tonkatsu is quite good. However the one thing that still lingers on my mind is their Steam Rice. It looked and tasted so good!

Food: 4/5
Service: 4.5/5
Ambiance: 4/5
Price: $$ (Under USD $20 per person)

Contact Information:
Address: Ginza Akuto Bdg 3F, 4-6-18 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
Tel: +81 3-3567-1129

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