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Tonkatsu eatery without seafood options?

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fallingstar May 7, 2010 08:01 PM

I am deadly allergic to shellfish but I love love love Japanese food otherwise. I am visiting late this summer and doing lots of food research, as you can see, it will be a challenge eating in Japan without cross-contamination. Does a tonkatsu restaurant exist at all in which there are no shrimp items on the menu? I fear that they will be frying the tonkatsu in the same oil as everything else, and that would result in my potential death. Not good.

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  1. Robb S RE: fallingstar May 7, 2010 08:15 PM

    Yes there are, but there's no guarantee that the cooks didn't make themselves some fried shrimp for lunch. If it's a matter of life and death, then I'd suggest that you limit your dining in Japan to international hotels where you can explain your situation, well in advance, to the staff, in English.

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      la2tokyo RE: fallingstar May 7, 2010 09:16 PM

      I believe Tonki only has pork on the menu.

      Also note that besides shrimp, most tonkatsu restaurants also serve fried oysters.

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        Uncle Yabai RE: la2tokyo May 8, 2010 12:21 AM

        Butagumi only serves pork, I believe. And yes, Tonki only has pork on the "menu", which is basically a guy asking you if you want hire or rosu when you walk in. (Not quite, there is actually a menu board, and you can order kushikatsu and other things, such as pickles).

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        chowmouse RE: fallingstar May 8, 2010 06:03 PM

        Futaba in Ueno has only two things on the menu... tonkatsu either a la carte or teishoku. So that might work out for you. Very succulent tonkatsu, but still wasn't worth the price. It was like 2500yen.

        Yeah it's pretty hard to find a tonkatsu restaurant that doesn't serve fried shrimp. I've had great tonkatsu teishoku bunch of times for less than 1500yen at other places. So Futaba wouldn't be worth it for me. Maybe Tonki is cheaper.

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