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Nov 1, 2007 11:14 AM


Any recs on where to find authentic tonkatsu?

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  1. There's Katsuhama(, which specializes in ton katsu. Plenty of places to get it, but after living in Japan for several years, IMO, it's almost always a better idea to go to a specialist. Katsuhama will enable you to get pretty good ton katsu without decimating your budget. It's in the same restaurant family as Menchanko tei if you've ever been to one of those places.

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    1. re: JSHAFT78

      Thank you! I recently visited Japan for the first time & have been dreaming of that dish ever since...

      1. re: JSHAFT78

        I tried to link to the site you provided.. Maybe my computer is taking a break, but
        I couldn't connect.

        1. re: Tay

          Try removing the parens and the comma - I think that works.

          1. re: MMRuth

            Sorry, yeah, just the URL should get u there. Or just Google Katsuhama if that doesn't work, the link I posted is the first entry u find when searching.

          1. re: Borat

            Compared to the best in Japan? Yes. But it's the best in the tri-state area. OP, go to Katsuhama, that's the absolute best you will do, and it's as good as your average place in Japan. Borat, explain.

          2. re: JSHAFT78

            Totally agree about having Tonkatsu in Japan and going to a place that specializes. It sounds like we are fronting but it's the truth. One of the coolest things about dining not only in Japan, but in general all over asia, is that so many restaurants do one thing and do it beautifully.

            1. re: JSHAFT78

              agree on katsuhama...its the best ive had in the city; they curry katsu is good as well

              1. re: Lau

                raji212 has a good point. Will Katushama make you think of Japan? Probably not, but a close approximation will have to suffice in the case of ton katsu. The katsu curry is a good choice, although I usually just go for the straight up version myself.