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A new entry in this year’s (2018) Michelin guide, Ryogoku stalwart Tonkatsu Hasegawa uses premium Hiraboku Sangenton pork from Yamagata. As such they would advise you to enjoy the meat with pink salt to bring out its natural sweetness, instead of dousing it with the regular or spicy tonkatsu sauce (which are also available, if you insist). The house-made panko breadcrumbs are outstanding as well – they produce a golden crispy crust that is light and never oily.
The lunch and dinner menus are similar, but for lunch, certain sets (which come with rice, miso soup and pickles) are offered at a lower price. For example, pork-loin cutlet meal is ¥1,000 at lunch, instead of ¥1,500 for dinner. But if you’re looking go the whole hog, so to speak, get the super premium pork-loin cutlet meal (¥2,800; pictured). The thick slab of pork is beautifully marbled while the creamy white fat is meltingly good and packs lots of umami flavour. The accompanying mustard and fresh grated wasabi make a good relief to all that richess – so you can keep going back for more.
Ryogoku Ozaki Bldg 103, 3-24-1 Ryogoku, Sumida-ku
|Transport:||Ryogoku Station (Chuo-Sobu line)|
|Opening hours:||11.30am-2.30pm, 5pm-10.30pm (last orders 10pm)|