Patronised by literary greats like Yasunari Kawabata and Yukio Mishima, Suidobashi's Katsukichi has remained largely the same since first opening its doors in 1962. The heavy-set wooden interior evokes memories of days gone by, but the menu has managed to hang with the times: fried in corn and sesame oil, the tonkatsu is made with fine, freshly sourced meat and feels about as light as a deep-fried dish possibly can be. Do prepare to fork out a little extra for quality fare, though – the standard (150g) katsu sets start from ¥2,400.
Zensuido Kaikan Bldg B1F, 1-4-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 11.30am-3.30pm (last orders 2.30pm), 5pm-10.30pm (9.30pm); Sat, Sun & hols 11.30am-10pm (9pm)|
|Transport:||Suidobashi Station (Mita line), exit A1; (Sobu line), east exit; Korakuen Station (Marunouchi line)|