Hi,I’m Keiko from Osaka!
Tonkatsu is a very popular Japanese dish usually served with rice,shredded cabbage and miso soup.
It is very popular as a home cooked dish, but there are also many good Tonkatsu restaurans in Kyoto.
Why don’t you try some real tonkatsu dishes in the tonkatsu specialized restaurants?
Here are Top 5 best Tonkatsu restaurants in kyoto which have been loved among locals!
Local tells Top 5 best Tonkatsu restaurants in Kyoto!
1.Nishijin Oedo/西陣大江戸Nishijin Oedo is one of the most esteemed restaurants in Kyoto specializing in Tonkatsu.
Many locals say it’s THE BEST Tonkatsu restaurant in Kyoto.
The must eat dish here is succulent 250 grams of Pork loin cutlet.(2,160 yen)
A high quality meat is 2cm thick and it’s coated by crispy batter.
It goes well with their original sweet Tonkatsu sauce.
If you eat the Tonkatsu here,you will get addicted!
There is a very beautiful water garden where the carp swim near the entrance,so you can enjoy a great view while having your meal.
It’s close to Kitano Tenmangu Shrine,so why don’t you drop by Nishijinoedo after visiting the shrine?
2.Tonkatsu Katsukura Kyoto Sanjo Shop/とんかつ かつくら 京都三条店Tonkatsu Katsukura Sanjo is a Kyoto-Style Tonkatsu restaurant located in Shinkyogoku shopping district.
It is is popular with both locals and foreign tourists.
Basically they offer two choices:tonkatsu or tonkatsu with shrimp tempura.
You can choose the Tonkatsu from 3 different portions:80g, 120g and 160g.I recommend the 120g for an average eater.
The sauce preparation is a very fun!
You can grind your own sesame and mix your own sauces into it from the three available sauces which are tonkatsu, yuzu citrus, and soy based.
It goes well with their crispy and juicy Tonkatsu.
They offer free refills on the rice,shredded cabbage,and miso soup.
If you want to have delicious yet healthy Tonkatsu, you should try Tonkatsu Katsukura!
3.Tonkatsu Butagorira Main Shop/とんかつ 豚ゴリラ 二条城 本店Tonkatsu Butagorira Main shop is a popular Tonkatsu restaurant located close to Nijo Castle.
Tonkatsu Butagorira is famous for its size and taste.Their Tonkatsu and shrimp Tempura are bigger than the ones you see in other restaurants.
The most popular dish here is pork fillet set menu.(980 yen)
Deep fried pork fillet is served with grated Radish and ponzu(citrus) sauce.
The batter is very light and crispy.
They also offer free refills on the rice,shredded cabbage,and miso soup.
You can choose from two types of rice:rice or Barley rice.
If you want to have crispy Tonkatsu, you should try Tonkatsu at Tonkatsu Butagorira!
There is another branch of Tonkatsu Butagorira in the central of Kyoto,which is just 5 minutes walk from Hankyu Kawaramachi station
Next,let’s go to the traditional Tonkatsu restaurant near Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station!
4.Tonman/とん漫Tonman is located close to Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station,established in 1948.
They offer best-quality pork from Kagoshima or Miyazaki prefectures, one of the representative brands of the pork in Japan.
The pork loin is very lean, tender and less fatty.
The popular dish here is Katsudon,(a deep-fried pork cutlet rice bowl)which is the pork cutlet that is covered with fluffy Japanese style egg omelette.
It costs only 1,000yen!
Their secret tonkatsu sauce are made from 15 kinds of spices,which goes great with the Tonkatsu.
Here is a video of Tonman.
5.Tonkatsu Ichiban/とんかつ１番Tonkatsu Ichiban is a small traditional restaurant which is located 15 minutes walk from JR Kyoto station.
They offer wide variety of dishes including Tonkatsu, croquette and a rice omelet.(stir-fried rice wrapped in an omelet).
You can enjoy a high quality Tonkatsu at a reasonable price.
The popular dish here is pork cutlet set menu.(850 yen)
The freshly fried Pork cutlet is juicy inside and crispy outside,and it is served with their original homemade demi-glace sauce.
The cream croquette which uses carefully-selected, pure, fresh cream is also very popular.(750 yen)
I highly recommend this restaurant for those who wants to get a good value for money Tonkatsu meal!
Top 5 best Tonkatsu restaurants in Kyoto
- Nishijin Oedo・・・ A high quality meat is 2cm thick and it’s coated by crispy batter.
- Tonkatsu Katsukura Kyoto Sanjo Shop・・・You can enjoy delicious yet healthy Tonkatsu.
- Tonkatsu Butagorira Main Shop・・・Their Tonkatsu are bigger than the ones you see in other restaurants.
- Tonman・・・You can enjoy the best-quality pork from Kagoshima or Miyazaki prefectures.
- Tonkatsu Ichiban・・・You can enjoy a high quality Tonkatsu at a reasonable price.
I hope you’ll enjoy great Tonkatsu dishes in Kyoto!