tonkatsu deep fried pork cutlet

What is Tonkatsu?

Tonkatsu is a deep-fried breaded pork cutlet. There are two main types, the lean and tender hire (tenderloin or filet) and the fattier rosu (loin). It is typically served with shredded cabbage and miso soup. Tonkatsu originated in Japan in the 19th century in Tokyo and was inspired by European cuisine.

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Your guide to the best Tonkatsu in Tokyo

1. Maisen


Tonkatsu Maisen Aoyama Honten (the main store) opened in 1965. There are now 11 Maisen restaurants in Japan, 62 stands in department stores in Japan, and 17 restaurants overseas. Maisen is committed to providing affordable high quality tonkatsu.

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