The gyukatsu (deep-fried beef cutlet) at this Kyoto-based shop has a nice thick, crunchy coating, and the beef has a decent amount of fat attached to it, but somehow the flavor of the meat itself is more subtle and less assertive than is typical for this dish. Condiments include the usual wasabi, a salt and pepper mix (probably the best match), an original sauce, soy sauce, and a curry-flavored dip that's tasty but somewhat overpowering.
The cutlet comes in three different sizes (100g, 130g, and 160g portions of meat), ranging from around Y1080-1580, with a premium Angus wagyu option priced at Y1980. The set meal includes barley rice and a salty Kyoto-style miso soup, but no pickles, unfortunately. The decor of the dining area is upscale fast-food restaurant, with mostly counter seating plus a few small tables. The refrigerated case in the window full of aging slabs of beef helps to set the mood.
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