For legendary tonkatsu in Meguro (Tokyo), visit Tonki (とんかつ とんき 目黒本店). Since 1939 they've been serving delicious, thick tonkatsu to Tokyoites.
Tonki for Tonkatsu in Meguro
Tonki is one of Tokyo's most celebrated tonkatsu restaurants. They're even on Tabelog's Top 100 tonkatsu restaurants in Japan list.
While their history can be traced back to 1939, the current space they occupy was renovated in the 1970s. On the first floor, you get a spectacular view of the stadium-like kitchen. This view's great from any seat since it's all counter seating.
The second floor has tables but you don't get the kitchen view.
Tonki is so popular that the queue extends all the way inside. But not to worry - you're guaranteed a seat if you arrive before opening at 4 pm.
Three Tasty Tonkatsu Choices
Tonki has English menus too. You have 3 choices:
Pork Fillet (ヒレ, hire) Meal: ¥2,100
Pork Loin (ロース, rōsu) Meal: ¥2,100
Kushi Katsu (pork cutlet on a stick) Meal: ¥1,600
Almost everyone orders the Pork Loin / rōsu meal.
Regardless of which you choose, what's unique about Tonki's tonkatsu is their panko. These are the deep-fried breadcrumbs surrounding the pieces of pork. The panko is not as dry nor flaky as other places. It's also softer.
Most of all, the panko is heftier and thicker. It's to the point where it falls right off the pork when you pick it up.
The pork itself is of great is quality. There's a thick layer of fat if you order the Pork Loin (rōsu). If you're more calorie conscious, go for the Pork Fillet (hire).
Each tonkatsu meal comes with:
Miso soup with negi (spring onions) and cubes of pork
A bowl of rice
A pile of cabbage
As soon as you've cleaned up your cabbage, the staff will ask if you want more. They'll keep the cabbage refills coming as long as you want.
In summary, Tonki offers a tasty, unrivaled experience. They're one of the best for tonkatsu in Meguro...and also tonkatsu in Tokyo.
Shop Hours: 4 pm ~ 10:45 pm (open every day)