Tonkatsu, other meat

Tonkatsu

Katsukura (Shinjuku - Tonkatsu). 5361-1878
Besides the usual tonkatsu they offer variations like deep-fried shrimp and scallops, yuba (tofu skin) croquettes, and nice side dishes like chawanmushi, tofu salad and kakuni stewed pork. The original shop is in Kyoto.
no smokingSunmapSendagaya 5-24-2, Times Square 14F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Maisen (Omotesando - Tonkatsu). 3470-0071
Tokyo's second-most-famous tonkatsu restaurant, located in an unusually decorated former bathhouse. In addition to pork cutlets there's also a full menu of set meals and seasonal a la carte items.
SunmapJingumae 4-8-5. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Horaitei (Shibuya - Tonkatsu). 3464-5803
Great pork cutlets, including original dishes like Nagasaki tonkatsu (ground pork stuffed with cheese and bacon, for those on high-cholesterol diets).
SunmapDogenzaka 1-2-2, Tokyu Plaza 9F. Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
!Horaitei (honten) (Shibuya - Tonkatsu). 3407-3282
A small, hole-in-the-wall basement shop serving perfect pork cutlets and tonjiru (pork soup). There's also a branch across the tracks on the top floor of Tokyu Plaza.
SunmapShibuya 2-22-10, B1F. (across the street from the Shibuya east-exit bus stop area, down a narrow flight of stairs; the outside sign is in Japanese only) Open 11am-9:20pm (LO) daily.
!Butagumi (Nishi-Azabu - Tonkatsu). 5466-6775
Tonkatsu doesn't get much better than this. Butagumi showcases premium pork brands - Spanish Iberico, Berkshire, Tokyo X, Agoo from Okinawa and many others, with several choices on any given day. If you have trouble deciding, they offer specials with five small pieces of different pork varieties that you can compare (Y2800 and/or Y3800, depending on the day). [Show more]
SunmapNishi-Azabu 2-24-9. Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Tonki (honten) (Meguro - Tonkatsu). 3491-9928
Japan's most famous tonkatsu restaurant has been called an institution, and indeed the atmosphere is institutional and utterly charmless, with a vast assembly-line kitchen surrounded by one large counter. The food is plain and simple -- plump, lean pork cutlets without an excess of flavor, served with a bland tonjiru (pork soup), rice and pickles for Y1,650. They must be doing something right, though, because there are usually lines waiting to get in.
SunmapShimo-Meguro 1-1-2. Open 4-10:45pm. Closed Tuesdays, some Mon.
Hirata Bokujo (Roppongi - Tonkatsu). 5647-8329
The gourmet tonkatsu here is made from tasty premium hybrid pork from a small farm in Yamagata. Katsu sets are priced Y1400-2500, and full-course pork shabu-shabu dinners are Y4500-7500. Lunch starts at Y1000.
SunmapAkasaka 9-7-3, Tokyo Midtown Midtown West EB108. Open 11am-9pm daily.
!Katsukura (Shiodome - Tonkatsu). 5537-2891
Besides the usual tonkatsu they offer variations like deep-fried shrimp and scallops, yuba (tofu skin) croquettes), and nice side dishes like chawanmushi, tofu salad and kakuni stewed pork. The original shop is in Kyoto.
SunmapHigashi-Shimbashi 1-5-2, Shiodome City Center B1F. Open 11am-10pm daily.
Katsuzen (Ginza - Tonkatsu). 3289-8988
Gourmet tonkatsu-based cuisine is the unusual concept at "Tonkatsu Kappo Katsuzen." Lunch from Y2800, dinner from Y8500.
SunmapGinza 6-8-7, Kojun Bldg 4F. Open 11:30am-2, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Yabaton (Yaesu - Tonkatsu). 3212-8810
One of Nagoya's most famous tonkatsu shops, Yabaton is known for their tasty miso-slathered cutlets and their cute pig-sumo wrestler mascot. The teppan tonkatsu (Y1365) is their best-selling dish - a hefty portion of fatty pork cutlet covered in a sweetish miso sauce, laid over a bed of cabbage and served on a metal platter that steams and sizzles at it arrives in front of you. The large and very meaty pork soup is highly recommended as a side dish. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapMarunouchi 1-9-1, Tokyo Gran Roof B1F. Open 10am-10pm (LO) daily.
Hirata Bokujo (Nihonbashi - Tonkatsu). 6214-3129
The gourmet tonkatsu here is made from tasty premium hybrid pork from a small farm in Yamagata. Katsu sets are priced Y1400-2500, and full-course pork shabu-shabu dinners are Y4500-7500. Lunch starts at Y1000.
SunmapNihonbashi 1-4-1, Coredo Nihonbashi 4F. Open 11am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Bodaiju (Suidobashi - Tonkatsu). 3818-1020
OK tonkatsu, fried shrimp, and "Western-style" beef dishes in an eccentric, oddly appealing junk-shop atmosphere.
SunmapHongo 1-14-3. Open 11:30am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Marugo (Akihabara - Tonkatsu). 3255-6595
Great tonkatsu served in a nice old traditional house smack in the middle of Akihabara's "Electric Town." (near the Livina lamp megastore.)
SunmapSoto-Kanda 1-8-14. Open 11:30am-3, 5-8:25pm (LO). Closed Thurs., 3rd Wed.
Katsukura (Kichijoji - Tonkatsu). 0422-23-8651
One of the best of the tonkatsu chains, Kyoto-based Katsukura offers nice side dishes like yuba (tofu-skin) croquettes and excellent Kyoto-style pickles. And they're open all afternoon if you need a late lunch.
SunmapKichijoji Honcho 2-3-1, Tokyu Dept. Store 9F. Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Hirata Bokujo (Futago-tamagawa - Tonkatsu). 3700-1729
The gourmet tonkatsu here is made from tasty premium hybrid pork from a small farm in Yamagata. Katsu sets are priced Y1400-2500, and full-course pork shabu-shabu dinners are Y4500-5500.
SunmapTamagawa 3-17-1, Takashimaya Honkan 6F. Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.
Katsusen (Yokohama Minato-mirai - Tonkatsu). 045-664-1200
The tonkatsu here features the shop's own special brand of Touzan pork, a premium breed with a well-balanced flavor. Dinnertime teishoku meals start at around Y1300. Lunch is served until 5pm.
SunmapSakuragicho 1-1-7, Colette-Mare 6F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.

Other pork specialties

!Garni (Wakamatsu-Kawada - Japanese). 6457-4145
Yakiton (charcoal-grilled pork on skewers) is the main dish here, but instead of a smoky izakaya the atmosphere is closer to a stylish wine bar, with a selection of wines by the glass (Y680-1000) to go with your skewers - a great combination. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapIchigaya Nakanomachi 4-28. Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Tuesdays.
Ebiton (Ebisu - Izakaya). 3280-0017
Also known as Tetsugen Tonki Ebiton, this shop serves outstanding pork dishes - charcoal-grilled pork on skewers, pork steaks, pork horumon-ni (stewed organ meats) and grilled pigs' trotters - along with a selection of well-prepared izakaya-style small dishes. Two-hour party plans are Y3500 for several food dishes and all you can drink, or you can order a la carte.
mapEbisu 4-1-18. Open 11:30am-3, 5pm-1am. Closed Sundays.
Butta (Akasaka - Izakaya). 5545-5443
Butta specializes in yakiton - some two dozen types of grilled pork on skewers - from premium name-brand pork. There are also grilled vegetables and pork motsunabe (stew made from pork innards); budget around Y2500 at dinnertime.
latemapAkasaka 4-2-3, Dia City Akasaka Hitotsukikan 2F. Open 11:30am-2, 5pm-3am. Closed Sundays.
!Vin Picoeur (Ginza - Japanese). 3567-4122
"French barbecue" is the specialty here - basically kushiyaki with French names. Charcoal-grilled pork and chicken parts on skewers are served alongside excellent pate, foie gras, and pot-au-feu (amusingly described as French oden). The respectable in-house French wine list is supplemented by the book-size menu from sister restaurant Aux Amis des Vins just around the corner. Wine prices range from budget-friendly to stratospheric, and the multi-course set dinners (Y2800/Y4000) are a good deal. Seating is at the counter, with one small table in the back.
mapGinza 4-3-4. Open 6pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Vin Picoeur Marunouchi (Marunouchi - Japanese). 6212-1011
French-style Japanese kushiyaki (or is it the other way around?) - charcoal-grilled pork and other meats, with some French dishes like pot-au-feu. The French wine list is very large.
mapMarunouchi 3-3-1, Shin-Tokyo Bldg. B1F. Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Le Porc de Versailles (Kinshicho - Izakaya). 5624-0320
An amusingly themed "Royal Pork" restaurant serving pork dishes from around the world: charcoal-grilled skewers, shabu-shabu, dim sum, pot au feu, etc. There's also a "celebrity pork" section of premium small-farm brands from around Japan and Spain. Budget around Y4000 for dinner.
SunmapKotobashi 3-13-6, Kinsia Bldg 5F. (directly in front of Kinshicho station) Open 5-11:30pm (to 4:30am Fri/Sat) daily.
Kurobutaya (Tachikawa - Izakaya). 042-524-7635
Gourmet pork from Kagoshima is the specialty here - charcoal-grilled, and served as shabu-shabu, dumplings and cutlets. The drinks menu includes a good selection of shochu from that part of Kyushu as well. [Go to branch review]
SunmapTachikawa, Akebonocho 2-1-1, Lumine Tachikawa 8F. Open 11am-10pm daily.
Kurobutaya (Kyodo - Izakaya). 5426-3080
Gourmet pork from Kagoshima is the specialty here - charcoal-grilled, and served as shabu-shabu, dumplings and cutlets. The drinks menu includes a good selection of shochu from that part of Kyushu as well. [Go to branch review]
lateSunmapKyodo 1-21-22, Shop Kyodo 2F. Open 5:30pm-1am (LO) daily.
Aen (Jiyugaoka - Japanese). 5731-8251
Good, healthy cooking based on organic vegetables and high-quality seasonal ingredients. The menu ranges from vegetable sushi on brown rice to parma ham and rucola pizzas; they also serve a number of gourmet pork dishes. Budget around Y4500 at dinnertime.
SunmapJiyugaoka 2-8-20. Open 11am-5, 5-9pm (LO) daily.
Kurobutaya (Machida - Izakaya). 042-524-7635
Gourmet pork from Kagoshima is the specialty here - charcoal-grilled, and served as shabu-shabu, dumplings and cutlets. The drinks menu includes a good selection of shochu from that part of Kyushu as well. [Go to branch review]
SunmapHara Machida 6-1-11, Lumine Machida 9F. Open 11am-10pm daily.
Kurobutaya (Yokohama Sta. - Izakaya). 045-441-2919
Gourmet Berkshire "black" pork is the specialty here, made into everything from Kyushu-style kakuni stews to homemade sausages to Chinese dumplings. Drinks include shochu, assorted plum wines and one or two decent sakes. [Go to branch review]
SunmapTakashima 2-16-1, Lumine Yokohama 7F. Open 11am-11pm daily.

Other meat specialties

!Rikyu (Ikebukuro - Yoshoku). 5952-0404
Beef tongue is the main ingredient in the kitchen at Rikyu, where it's transformed into well over a dozen different dishes, from tongue sausages, meatballs, and terrines to curries and Western-style stews. The piece de resistance though is the excellent charcoal-grilled tongue - a popular regional specialty of Sendai, where this small chain restaurant originates. The menu is rounded out by creative and original izakaya fare, with a nice selection of Sendai-area sake to wash it all down. [See FULL REVIEW.]
SunmapNishi-Ikebukuro 1-12-1, Esola Ikebukuro 7F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Vector Beer (Shinjuku Gyoen-mae - Izakaya). 6380-0742
This late-night bar serves ten Japanese craft beers on tap, while the kitchen turns out expertly charcoal-grilled beef tongue and tongue stew. Budget around Y3500 for dinner and drinks.
mapShinjuku 1-36-5, Hotel Park Inn 1F. Open 5pm-1am (LO, Sat -11:30). Closed Sundays.
Rikyu (Shinjuku - Yoshoku). 5312-6211
Good charcoal-grilled beef tongue from this Sendai-based chain. You'll also find beef-tongue curries, stews, sausages and other yoshoku-style dishes, along with regional sake from Miyagi Prefecture. [Go to branch review]
SunmapShinjuku 3-38-1, Lumine EST Shinjuku 7F. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Rikyu (Shibuya - Yoshoku). 3486-2351
Good charcoal-grilled beef tongue from this Sendai-based chain. You'll also find beef-tongue curries, stews, sausages and other yoshoku-style dishes, along with regional sake from Miyagi Prefecture. [Go to branch review]
SunmapShibuya 2-21-1, Shibuya Hikarie 6F. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
!Bakuro (Ebisu - Kyushu). 5459-8348
If you're not well acquainted with the subtleties of horsemeat cuisine, Bakuro can be a revelation. The food here is fantastic, showcasing a surprisingly wide range of flavors and styles. The atmosphere is lively and fun, the drinks list is well put together, and prices are very reasonable for this level of quality. [Show more]
mapEbisu-Nishi 1-7-12. Open 5-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
!Tetsugen (Ebisu - Izakaya). 5768-5537
The wide menu here covers a lot of ground, but particularly notable are the top-quality meat dishes featuring Hokkaido lamb, game birds and gourmet pork. The cozy dining room has mostly counter seating, with two small hori-kotatsu tables. Budget around Y4000.
lateSunmapEbisu-Minami 1-2-8. Open 6pm-3am (LO; 10pm Sun) daily.
!Rikyu (Akasaka - Yoshoku). 3568-7787
Good charcoal-grilled beef tongue from this Sendai-based chain. You'll also find beef-tongue curries, stews, sausages and other yoshoku-style dishes, along with regional sake from Miyagi Prefecture. [Go to branch review]
SunmapAkasaka 3-14-8, Akasaka Sagamiya Bldg 2F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Rikyu (Yaesu - Yoshoku). 5220-6811
Good charcoal-grilled beef tongue from this Sendai-based chain. You'll also find beef-tongue curries, stews, sausages and other yoshoku-style dishes, along with regional sake from Miyagi Prefecture. Located in the North Court dining area in the middle of Tokyo Station (within the gates). [Go to branch review]
SunmapMarunouchi 1-9-1, JR Tokyo Station 1F North Court. Open 7am-10pm (LO) daily.
Kisuke (Yaesu - Japanese). 3215-2050
Beef tongue cuisine is a specialty of Sendai, and this is the first Tokyo branch of a famous Sendai shop. The grilled tongue teishoku is a good place to start (Y1300), and local brands of premium sake are available to drink.
SunmapMarunouchi 1-9-1, Kitchen Street (1F). Open 11am-11pm daily.
Abuzo (Akebonobashi - Izakaya). 3341-3214
A cozy neighborhood izakaya, Abuzo specializes in charcoal-grilled beef, pork, chicken and ocean trout, with a decent sake list alongside. The white chicken livers, fresh every day, are a revelation, as is the grilled vegetable salad. Budget around Y4000-5000 for ample food and drink (includes Y600 table charge).
SunmapSumiyoshicho 8-20. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Shinobu (Yotsuya - Japanese). 3355-6338
Beef tongue is the specialty here, grilled or stewed.
mapSaneicho 16. Open 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Bakuro (Kanda - Kyushu). 3253-8348
The food menu at this casual izakaya is built around horsemeat - you can enjoy it raw, grilled yakiniku-style, stewed, smoked or served as sausages. There's also standard Kyushu-style izakaya fare - raw and grilled seafood, satsuma-age fishcakes and so on - and a menu of sake and shochu to go with it all. Budget around Y3000 at dinnertime. [Go to branch review]
mapUchi-Kanda 3-4-8. Open 5-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Rikyu (Oshiage - Yoshoku). 5610-2855
Good charcoal-grilled beef tongue from this Sendai-based chain. You'll also find beef-tongue curries, stews, sausages and other yoshoku-style dishes, along with regional sake from Miyagi Prefecture. [Go to branch review]
SunmapOshiage 1-1-2, Tokyo Solamachi 6F East Yard. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
!Momonja (Ryogoku - Nabemono). 3631-5596
They've been serving wild boar for 280 years now, and their signature boar stew is Y4000 a pot. Other dishes include venison stew and venison sashimi.
mapRyogoku 1-10-2. (across the street from Ryogoku koban, about 5 min from JR Ryogoku W exit) Open 5-9pm. Closed Sundays.
Gyuhachi (Koenji - Izakaya). 3310-0555
Located under the JR railroad tracks, this very casual drinking spot serves great charcoal-grilled beef on skewers, including a variety of organ meats. Surrounded by similarly inexpensive and informal shops, it makes a nice stop on a bar-hopping tour of the neighborhood. Budget around Y2000 for food and drink.
SunmapKoenji-Minami 3-69-1. Open 4pm-midnight daily.
!Rikyu (Kichijoji - Yoshoku). 0422-23-8141
Good charcoal-grilled beef tongue from this Sendai-based chain. You'll also find beef-tongue curries, stews, sausages and other yoshoku-style dishes, along with regional sake from Miyagi Prefecture. A set menu with grilled tongue, curry, oxtail soup and salad is Y1575. [Go to branch review]
SunmapKichijoji Minamicho 1-1-24, Atre Kichijoji B1F. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.