Niigata’s local katsudon is the tare-katsu. To make it, a thin pork cutlet, which has been dipped in a soy-based, salty-sweet sauce (tare), is placed on top of the rice. It’s said that this style of katsudon began in the early Showa period, when street stalls started to sell shoyu-dare (soy-based dipping sauce) katsudon. At Tare-Katsu, ¥830 gets you a bowl of rice completely covered with a generous serving of pork cutlets that can be eaten with condiments like wagarashi (Japanese mustard) and habanero chilli peppers.
|Venue name:||Tare-Katsu Kichijoji||Contact:|
1-1-9 Kichijoji-Minamicho, Musashino-shi
|Opening hours:||11am-10pm daily|
|Transport:||Kichijoji Station (Chuo, Sobu, Keio Inokashira lines), south exit|
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This place is the bomb. Friendly, at-home atmosphere with good music playing. Generous portions, amazingly tender meat dripping in their in-house special sauce. The only thing that might give you pause before trying it is its sheer popularity. It's quite small and at busy times you simply won't get in without waiting for an hour or so. Totally worth it though IMO.