|Category||Tonkatsu / Yoshoku|
Tonga is a Western-style restaurant in the Nishirin area, famous for its tonkatsu (fried pork cutlet). The menu starts with standard Western fare like fried shrimp, steak, curry, omuraisu (omelette stuffed with rice), and continues with more unusual items like yakiniku (korean barbecue) and Genghis Khan (Japanese grilled mutton dish prepared on a convex metal skillet or other grill), offering a plentiful array of dishes to choose from. But, since the restaurant is, after all, famous for its tonkatsu, the tonkatsu set, in three sizes, is the most popular. Let’s give it a look.
Tonkatsu set (pork loin) comes in three sizes. A) 80g, B) 130g, C) 200g. For our visit, we chose B at 130g.
What differs here from the average tonkatsu restaurant (or your average Japanese style tonkatsu shop) is the arrangement or sauce. Given that this is a Western style restaurant, the sauce is not tonkatsu sauce but a unique blend made in-house. This slightly sweet sauce makes a perfect companion for the crunchy, deep-fried pork.
The pork is thick and great to sink your teeth into. For those wanting a little bit more, we suggest the C set at 200g.
The shop’s interior has a retro, 70s or 80s feel. It is very much a Western restaurant of those times.
From Imadegawa Street, you can get there by walking one minute north on Joufukuji Street. Look for the pig on the sign!
Arimacho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto city, Kyoto
|Open||11:30a.m. - 2:00p.m. 5:00p.m. - 8:30p.m. Closed - Tuesday|
|Access||1 minutes walk from City Bus Stop ImadegawaJofukuji|