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?
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!
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.
If you like your meat soft and easy to chew, you can order just the fillet alone.
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
Tel: (65) 6735 7522