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Nov 29, 2012 01:43 PM


Anyone have recs for decent tonkatsu in the DC area?

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  1. In the District, your best bet is Toki.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Toki has tonkOtsu ramen, not tonkAtsu, which is a Japanese fried pork cutlet. I haven't had it anywhere in the DC area, but I'm pretty sure that it's on the menu at Temari in Rockville.

    2. I had it once for lunch at Yosaku on Wisconsin Ave. I thought it was terrific. Then somenme else had it for dinner (apparently it was served differently), and said it was horrible.

      So I recommend it for lunch. I'd be interested to hear what you think.

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      1. re: Steve

        Thanks Steve for the suggestion. From Yelp, I've also heard Murasaki and Sakana are okay/good options too. I'm just dying for some really excellent, melt-in-your mouth fatty tonkatsu though...

        1. re: tarilyn

          Though I'm not sure why you say 'fatty'.....

          1. re: Steve

            Proper tonkatsu in Japan is fattier than most Americans would probably like. In Japan, a lot of the meat is fattier but thats how they like it.

            I haven't had tonkatsu in America that really compares to what I had in Tokyo.

            1. re: FoodDude2

              There's a katsu restaurant in Annandale called Miso. They serve all sorts of nouveau style katsu as well like pork rolled and stuffed with cheese, kimchi etc. Their katsu and curry isn't bad too.

              1. re: shake N baik

                "Isn't bad" is not a ringing endorsement lol It does look interesting though. Got me hankering for some tonkatsu now.

                1. re: FoodDude2

                  I would say it's worth a try. It's the only katsu specific restaurant I know in the Wash Metropolitan area. And compared to other restaurants that happen to sell katsu the meat isn't a thin cutlet but a thicker cut. And I say not bad because I love curry katsu and can get critical since it used to be my meal of choice as a college student traveling in Japan.

              2. re: FoodDude2

                Only one data point, but the one I had in Yokohama was not fatty. I guess it was an outlier, but terrifically delicious.

                1. re: Steve

                  I'm betting that the reason is because it was Yokohama. Further west (like Osaka) the Tonkatsu is much fattier and less healthy.

        2. It is on the menu at Bon Chon in Falls Church, but I only see people eating wings.

          Since I only make the trip for the wings I have never tried anything else except the fries . . . That are not worth taking up space in your belly that would be better suited to more wings.

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          1. re: drewpbalzac

            Drew P - I like your logic.

            in the District, Sakana is usually good, IIRC they have a katsu and sashimi combo (so THAT'S how you spell 'heaven'!) Taro used to do a darn good version, but I regrettably haven't been back since the re-launch some years ago.

            1. re: drewpbalzac

              I think Sweet Ginger in Vienna has Katsu. Never been that deep on there menu.

            2. I don't know if it's out of your way, but I really like the tonkatsu at Temari in Rockville. Nothing fancy, just a nice, thin piece of pork with a crispy batter served with that delicious sweet/savory sauce and pickled radish. They also have tonkatsu curry, which is my go-to when I'm there.

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              1. re: ineemeeny

                Second the tonkatsu at Temari, either straight, smothered in curry, or over ramen. The panko crust is perfect.

                1. re: ineemeeny

                  No car to get to Rockville unfortunately, but I'll have to put it on the list!

                  1. re: tarilyn

                    It's halfway between Rockville and White Flint Stations, so it's about a 20 minute walk. Upstairs, there's a nice Japanese market for all your Japan-specific sundries. Same mall that contains The Kielbasa Factory, if that's how you roll. And it's not too far from Joe's Noodle House.


                    1. re: monkeyrotica

                      Love the Temari versions and Taro's version is also decent. Lunch only, though--dinner is way pricy.

                2. I think the new Japanese place at 11th and V NW sometimes has tonkatsu on the menu. If so, I'd definitely try it - everything else there is quite good.


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                  1. re: firstbitedc

                    What's this place called? Must be right next to El Chilango...