Tonkichi (Ngee Ann City)

Whenever the crave for tonkatsu (deep-fried pork cutlet) attacks, it’s the ever reliable Tonkichi I head to. Using premium cuts of pork, their tonkatsu is consistently crispy, juicy, and not oily. Portions are generous, with refillable rice and shredded cabbage. Service is efficient, and the decor clean-cut but cosy. Prices, for the quality, are reasonable, too. What more can one ask for?


Freshly roasted sesame seeds.

While waiting for the order, a bowl of roasted sesame seeds (to be added to the tonkatsu sauce) will be given for you to crush. I think this is a great idea as grinding the sesame seeds just before eating ensures its maximum freshness and fragrance. As you crush the seeds, a gentle waft of fragrance floats from the bowl. Inhale the lovely aroma – it’s strangely therapeutic!


Hire & Rosu Katsu Mori (S$20.00) - comes with rice, miso soup, pickles, and fresh fruit.

Till now, I can’t decide which cut I prefer – the hire (fillet) or rosu (loin). It’s great they combine the best of both worlds for indecisive wimps like me.


Rosu (pork loin) on the left, hire (fillet) on the right.

If you like your meat soft and easy to chew, you can order just the fillet alone.


Cross section of pork loin.

The loin has more bite and requires some mouth-work, but I find this cut more flavorsome. Both cuts are just as lovely in their own way, and Tonkichi really does justice to them.

If you don’t mind forking out a bit more, there are the grain-fed premium cuts. They also have deep-fried prawns, oysters, katsudon, and Japanese curry dishes on the menu. But for me, I never tire of the good ol’ classic tonkatsu.

Total bill: S$23.54 after 10% service charge and 7% GST.

Tonkichi (Ngee Ann City)
391 Orchard Road #04-24
Tower A Ngee Ann City
Singapore 238872
Tel: (65) 6735 7522



  1. says

    My favourite is hiro kaki. Hiro because it is more tender and juicy, kaki because I think their fried oysters are always very good, always big and juicy. I don’t like their ponzu sauce, but always ask for the other brown sauce. You can probably tell that I like this place very much.
    It was my sister who introduced me, in turn she was initiated by her SIL who lives in Singapore. In KL pork-centric restaurants are not common, so when my sister and BIL come down they always want to char-siew, tonkatsu and basically have a pork fest.

  2. says

    That tonkatsu looks delicious! I’ve been craving tonkatsu for some time, so I think I better go and eat some…NOW! 🙂

  3. foodilicious says

    whee.I love the curry and katsu don.
    I love the side dishes too. The potato salad is superb. The coffee jelly and their cabage with the nice sauce!

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