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I want TONKATSU

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lost squirrel Nov 7, 2012 10:26 AM

I really really miss Japanese food. Does anyone have a recommendation for *authentic*Japanese food that is not sushi. I'm perfectly fine with sushi being in the restaurant, but I want something different.

I'd love a thick, juicy pork cutlet but I'll take any dish really as long as it comes with good, well cooked rice. Does anybody who's spent time in Japan have a recommendation for something authentic?
Oyako-don would be a winner too!

I know that Izumi serves a chawan-mushi, but I haven't tried it yet.

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    Bashful3 RE: lost squirrel Nov 7, 2012 12:18 PM

    Never been to Japan, but Matt Ito, Owner/Chef at Fuji, Haddonfield will probably be able to satisfy you. You would need a car; free parking, but in back of the restaurant and tricky to
    find the first time. Telephone ahead, and ask for the directions to the parking lot.
    All the Japanese Execs from Suburu eat at Fuji, often.

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      lost squirrel RE: Bashful3 Nov 7, 2012 08:20 PM

      Good call. People always talk about the sushi there so I failed to realize that they have a lot more options.

      I see tonkatsu ($23!!!) and oyakodon on the menu, yippee!

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        lowereastrittenhouse RE: Bashful3 Nov 8, 2012 08:05 AM

        I've been wanting to try Fuji, so I have a question. Why does one need a car? The map makes it look close to the PATCO stop. Am I overlooking something?

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          cwdonald RE: lowereastrittenhouse Nov 8, 2012 09:10 AM

          Its about 1/3 of a mile down route 41 from the Patco station. I don't think King's Highway is that pedestrian friendly, especially after dark.

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            k_marie RE: cwdonald Nov 8, 2012 09:44 AM

            Walking after dark in the center of Haddonfield should not be a problem. Sidewalks, lighting, businesses...it's all very pedestrian friendly.

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              Bashful3 RE: cwdonald Nov 8, 2012 07:37 PM

              If it's only a 1/3 of a mile from a Patco station, a cab might do it, or walking at lunchtime. Kings Highway is ok within Haddonfield proper, but I think it gets
              lonely at the other end.

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                barryg RE: Bashful3 Nov 8, 2012 07:43 PM

                Take a cab 1/3 of a mile?? That's a five minute walk, there are sidewalks, and PATCO runs all night. The walk up the stairs back in the Philly is probably more dangerous (and it isn't).

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          Boognish RE: lost squirrel Nov 8, 2012 08:53 AM

          I lived in Japan for years. That said, I can't think of a single place around here that could fill that need with the possible exception of Sagami in Collingswood. If you haven't been, it's one of the few authentically Japanese restaurants in the area. If not the only one.

          Personally, I'd just make it myself. Panko is available everywhere now, and pork is cheap. You can buy tonkatsu sauce at H-Mart in Upper Darby or if you're extra adventurous, visit Maido in Narberth.

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            lost squirrel RE: Boognish Nov 8, 2012 01:58 PM

            True, but I just want someone to do it for me ya know? haha.
            I'll be back in Tokyo in December, but I'm not sure I can wait that long!

            I'll check out Sagami, thanks. I've been to Maido a few times and a few different H-Marts, but not in quite some time.

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              Bashful3 RE: lost squirrel Nov 8, 2012 07:38 PM

              Lost squirrel; even the vegetables at Fuji are outstanding. Do try it, and report
              back on your satisfaction level.

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