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ISO Great Tonkatsu

JonasBrand Jan 10, 2014 07:16 AM

Where might one find an excellent crispy and juicy fried pork cutlet in Toronto?

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  1. Crispier Crouton RE: JonasBrand Jan 10, 2014 07:53 AM

    Kingyo Vancouver does a great tonkatsu for lunch. Does Kingyo Toronto do the same?

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      grandgourmand RE: Crispier Crouton Jan 10, 2014 10:17 AM

      They are not open for lunch in Toronto and I haven't seen tonkatsu on their dinner menu...too bad.

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        zackly RE: grandgourmand Jan 10, 2014 10:22 AM

        I recently discovered Tonkatsu and make it often with either pork or chicken breaded with panko. Very easy to make! I did have a problem locating the sauce so I bought a case of it on Amazon.

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          JonasBrand RE: zackly Jan 10, 2014 01:46 PM

          Zackly, great minds think alike. I bought ingredients to make it at home. As for the sauce (thanks for the link), frankly it is my least favorite part of the dish, but in the spirit of authenticity I found a number of recipes online and will take a crack at it :)

          Home cooking aside, would still be interested to discover where to find a great Tonkatsu in Toronto!

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            DDD RE: zackly Jan 10, 2014 05:21 PM

            I've bought that sauce at Sanko last year. I assume they still have it.

      2. Charles Yu RE: JonasBrand Jan 10, 2014 01:39 PM

        For lunch, SkylineR33 and myself usually head over to J-Town. Decent quality.

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          JonasBrand RE: Charles Yu Jan 10, 2014 03:29 PM

          Thanks Charles, is there a specific spot inside J-Town? I've never been, but have wanted to visit for years... #longdrive just decent eh?

          Feels like Toronto is missing (or we have yet to discover) a spot that excels with fried dishes such as Katsu, as well as Tempura as per the earlier thread.

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            Charles Yu RE: JonasBrand Jan 10, 2014 05:48 PM

            The casual eatery next to the grocery/bakery.
            We sometimes eat the pork chop with Japanese curry sauce!

        2. prima RE: JonasBrand Jan 10, 2014 03:34 PM

          Europe on Bathurst, if you're up for Hungarian Tonkatsu aka Schnitzel.

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            childofthestorm RE: JonasBrand Jan 10, 2014 05:24 PM

            Downtown, Tokyo Kitchen is the best I've tried. I love that spot for Japanese comfort food.

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              grandgourmand RE: childofthestorm Jan 11, 2014 07:15 AM

              yeah, it's a bit of a hidden gem. they have asahi black too.

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                Wench Foraday RE: childofthestorm Jan 12, 2014 01:12 AM

                I need to revisit Tokyo Kitchen - could have sworn that they changed hands a few years ago, but it's true that their cooked dishes were always great, if not as cheap as Tokyo Grill.

              2. Wench Foraday RE: JonasBrand Jan 10, 2014 08:24 PM

                I like Tokyo Grill for tonkatsu. And you can get Bulldog Tonkatsu sauce at PAT Central in Koreatown.

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                  JonasBrand RE: Wench Foraday Jan 11, 2014 10:28 AM

                  Thanks for the tip re: local tonkatsu sauce, will def pick some up, hear good things about bulldog!

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                    Wench Foraday RE: JonasBrand Jan 12, 2014 01:10 AM

                    NP! I'm going to use the bulldog for making hambaagu at home this week...mmm...

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                    happycamper RE: Wench Foraday Jan 11, 2014 10:34 AM

                    Tokyo Grill'd be my vote too.

                  3. biggreenmatt RE: JonasBrand Jan 11, 2014 07:09 AM

                    Put Japango on your list. Most people go for the sushi, but their kitchen is underrated, under the radar, and very very competent.

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                      ggom1 RE: biggreenmatt Jan 12, 2014 04:56 PM

                      Seconded! I've always liked the tonkatsu there and Yuzu.

                    2. happycamper RE: JonasBrand Jan 11, 2014 10:48 AM

                      I have tried the Tonkatsu at the hot n' trendy Guu, but the best in the city are still the old fav's:
                      Tokyo Grill
                      Emmatei (albeit the shrinking cutlet size over the years)
                      Cafe Michi

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                        mnajji RE: happycamper Jan 13, 2014 05:51 AM

                        Have yet to try Tokyo Kitchen or Tokyo Grill... but Cafe Michi has an excellent example.

                      2. Notorious P.I.G. RE: JonasBrand Jan 12, 2014 03:03 PM

                        Kingyo does a great tonkatsu but it's not available all the time. Special menu.

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                          ragged25 RE: JonasBrand Jan 13, 2014 06:11 PM

                          I recall having it at Zen once and it was pretty good. Had it at lunch and it wasn't too expensive from what I recall.

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