Kyoto Restaurant – Kyoto Katsugyu

2017 Mar 31

  • Visited: Friday 6 PM
  • Ordered: Beef cutlet zen with grated yam, 130g version
  • Price: JPY 1490 (~ USD 13)
  • Tip: Cash-only
  • Link: Tripadvisor

 

Katsugyu, or fried beef cutlet, had been very popular in Korean SNS. It’s similar to Tonkatsu (pork cutlet), except the meat is beef. It seemed to be a fairly recent invention. I came across this store and went in, mostly because it was raining and I wanted to sit down somewhere inside.

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The store was small and you could see people making the food (in white shirts and ties!) across the window at the bar table.

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The food came in about 10 minutes.

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There wasn’t much of an upfront wow factor, but I enjoyed it more the more I had. The meat itself tasted quite fatty, and the fried layer was thin. The wasabi complemented the greasiness of the meat a lot.

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It came with a variety of sauce and there was even an instruction on how to taste the dish.

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Sancho salt (salt & pepper) was alright, and so was the worcester sauce, which tasted like watered-down Tonkatsu sauce. Curry was good, but the yam was too oily for me.

The miso soup was pretty good and tasted a lot more rich than the miso soups I had in North America.

 

Thoughts

It was very interesting, but the food itself wasn’t overwhelmingly good. I heard some other stores actually let you grill the Katsugyu pieces, so I would be interested in trying that one if I can get a chance.

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