When in Tokyo, you can be easily spoiled by phenomenal sushi or delicious sukiyaki but the ultimate Japanese comfort food is definitely Tonkatsu, Japanese-style breaded, deep-fried pork cutlets. These juicy cutlets are pieces of fried heaven Tonki, a 75 year old establishment in Meguro, Tokyo, specialise in. Serving either hire (fillet, lean cut) or rosu (pork loin, fatter cut) Tonkatsu, Tonki is a proud no-frills establishment that has a never ending line of regulars and passersby that are drawn to the irresistible smell of its slow-fried Tonkatsu.
It’s hard to resist Tonkatsu, especially when Tonki’s slow-fried process means each bite of its Tonkatsu doesn’t leave that oily after taste and only makes you want to smother it in more Tonkatsu sauce (a thicker and sweeter version of Worcestershire sauce). My good friend Cyrus, a French foodie I met in LSE (remember our post-Japanese class Thai nights?), had found raving reviews of Tonki so naturally, we decided a dinner rendezvous in Meguro was must.
Tonki’s dinner set comes with rice, miso soup, green tea, tsukemono, and generous amounts of shredded cabbage. I adore shredded cabbage with Tonkatsu sauce so Tonki’s free refills is an extra perk! If you’re in Tokyo and you haven’t checked Tonkatsu off your to-eat list yet, make your way to Tonki. Remember it’s only open for dinner so go after 4pm, grab a seat at the communal kitchen-space downstairs, and relax with a beer. The fried pork cutlets that follow will astound you!
Tonkatsu in its simplest form never tasted better.
Tonki とんき 目黒本店
Address // 1-1-2 Shimo-Meguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan (next to Meguro Station)
Tel // +81 3 3491 9928
Website // N/A