This tonkatsu place is only a block away from Tonkatsu Yamaichi(The nearest station is Awajicho but it’s less than 10 mins walk from Akihabara). The chef of Yamaichi used to work here so the style are quite similar. Katsuman is a bit more expensive than Yamaichi for the same menu but the portion is also bigger. I find the crust of the tonkatsu much lighter and more delicately fried in Yamaichi, but Katsuman is more generous with the portion and the ingredients. Both are very good tonkatsu restaurants.
Large Katsu-kon, Y1600. It only comes in large size, but you can ask for less rice. It’s nice but I prefer Yamaichi’s Katsudon.
Scallop cream croquette, Y1500. The croquettes are massive and there are generous amount of scallop chunks inside(such that the crust can barely hold up the stuffing ^^;;). I like it more than Yamaichi’s version.
Left pic: Special pork filet cutlet(Toku-hire), Y2300.
Right pic: Regular pork filet cutlet(Hire), Y1800.
Both Hire are not as good as Yamaichi.
Left pic: Special pork loin cutlet(Toku-rousu), Y2100.
Right pic: Regular pork loin cutlet(Rousu), Y1500. Extra order: Scallop croquette, Y400.
Rousu are, on the other hand, better than Yamaichi. Very juicy and has right amount of fat.
There is a side menu from which you can order from one piece.
Skewered pork and vegetable katsu, Y1400. About the same quality as Yamaichi.
Menchi-Katsu, Y1000. More meat than Yamaichi…and nicer!
Menu(J): 1, 2.
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The last item looks interesting, the skewered pork and veggies. I love katsu but always feel so gross afterwards…it’s very rare to find good frying here…
Yes I don’t eat deep-fried stuff unless it’s light and doesn’t make me feel sick afterwards.
Am researching my trip to Tokyo (so many wonderful restaurants) and came across your blog. Wow! I could spend the next two and a half months here!
Nice review. If you had a choice of any tonkatsu place, regardless of price, which would you recommend? Last year I was in town, I went to Butagumi and enjoyed it immensely. Ever been? If so, how would it compare to some of your favorites?
Thanks for your comment!
I haven’t been to that many tonkatsu places and I tend to go to tonkatsu restaurants that are convenient for me location-wise so my recommendation would be bias. If you don’t mind paying more, I think you could try Ponta. I haven’t been to Butagumi so I can’t really compare them.
After today, I think Yamaichi is better. But now that I read your review again, I see that I shouldn’t have gotten filet. Still, I think the side dishes and atmosphere are better at Yamaichi even if I shouldn’t compare the roast there and the filet from Katsuman. Next time.
I think Yamaichi is better too. I don’t even want to eat the side dish/pickles served in Katsuman. But sometimes I wish the portion was a little bigger in Yamaichi. It’s strange not to feel completely full after you have tonkatsu.