Tonkatsu is one the food that you must eat in Japan. Having tried Maisen’s version, I was determined to try it from somewhere else to compare. After some research, we arrived at Katsukura located in Shinjuku’s Takashimaya Times Square.

Katsukura originated from Kyoto and it’s nice that we could  try it in Tokyo without having to travel to Kyoto.


It is located on the 14th floor and so my advice is to take the elevator up. Don’t think of using the escalators up. Do expect to queue especially during peak hours. The queue moves swiftly so no worries.


We were seated at the counter tables so our waiting time was reduced.


After ordering, we were served appetisers and a bowl of sesame seeds with a grinder. We were told to grind our sesame seeds.


Once we were done grinding the sesame seeds, we added in the sauce.


We ordered the set and the following items were given at an unlimited refill for us:

  • Barley rice
  • Miso soup
  • Pickled vegetables


Premium Loin Cutlet  [1180-1780 ¥] – Just look at the glorious photo! Juicy and tender loin meat with some fatty layers. Dip the cutlet into your sesame sauce before putting it in your mouth. Once the cutlet enters your mouth, the fats just melts in your mouth. The sesame dip goes extremely well with the pork and it emits the sesame fragrance. Everything was on point and there’s only 1 word to describe it – OISHI!


Premium Tenderloin Cutlet  [1280-1980 ¥] – Tenderloin has  less fat and hence there is  a tougher bite to it.


The miso soup with seaweed was also so deliciously comforting that we kept asking for refills!

I personally preferred the Tonkatsu at Katsukura and it is definitely at the top of my list for Tonkatsu.

[Tokyo] Katsukura