Saboten Tonkatsu @ Aberdeen Centre now open
More tonkatsu awesomeness has arrived from straight from Japan! The first Canadian branch of Saboten, the Japanese tonkatsu chain, has opened in the Aberdeen food court.
Anyone tried it yet? I hope the quality here will measure up to the standards in Japan.
Canadian site here:
For comparison - menu items available in Japan (with calorie count!) here:
A little more intel on Saboten:
- This is their first North American shop, but they have locations in Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong
- Using Canadian pork, rice from California, but other ingredients will be from Japan
- Green House Foods of Japan, which owns the chain, partnered with the Fairchild Group to bring it here
- They're looking to open up to 10 locations in Metro Vancouver
I'm thinking around 10 years ago, that Clubhouse was really good. The original Japanese owner was a golf nut and it sorta showed in how he decorated the place. Then he sold it about 5 years ago and I found the food afterwards to be really blah.
I really liked their okonomiyaki and deep fried sushi (back when not many places did deep fried sushi) up until he sold the place.
Thx for the heads-up ! I love tonkatsu, but no expert, I just go by texture and greasiness (batter), moistness (cutlet) and taste. My current faves include i-Cafe and The Clubhouse in Vancouver, however I've not tried 29th Avenue Cafe (former Yoshoku-Ya on Denman).
Will try Saboten soon :-)