Recommendations are always a bit tricky as I think Japanese palates are different from Western palates. In Tokyo there are so many choices of every food one can dream of, it all comes down to preference.
Butagumi seems to be the popular choice for non-Japanese people looking for the GOAT of Tokyo tonkatsu. GOAT being greatest of all time. Within the full blown Japanese community Butagumi is well received but not the greatest of all time tonkatsu. Yes it is delicious but Butagmumi salts and peppers the pork too much for my liking and I reckon a lot of other Japanese feel the same as well.
When asking my Japanese friends where their favorite place is, Ponta, in the Ebisu / Daikanyama area is always mentioned. And I finally went! And it was delicious!
Ponta ぽん太 in Daikanyama, was opened by an apprentice of Ponta ぽん多 a tonkatsu restaurant in Ueno, that has been in business since the 1940’s. The pork is slowly deep fried and the bottom is semi-saturated by the pork juices. Combined with the barely seasoned, melt in your mouth pork with a bite, a touch of crispy bread crumbs and the bread crumbs soaked in the pork’s juices, each mouthfull is a crazy umami pork bomb explosion. I don’t think I’ve ever had tonkatsu like this before. Amazing.
Though I must admit, this is one of those tricky places where Westerners either love or find it average, so do please take this post with a grain of salt.
Tonkatsu Ponta ぽん太
M – S
Lunch: 11:30AM – 2:00PM
Dinner: 4:30PM – Last order 8:20PM
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