Hungry for Deep Fried Beef Cutlets? Here Are 3 Gyukatsu Restaurants in Tokyo!

  • If you’re a meat lover, you will surely enjoy the Japanese food called “gyukatsu.” It is a deep fried breaded beef cutlet similar to tonkatsu and is considered one of the trendiest dishes to try in the country’s capital city. Many restaurants serve gyukatsu. Popular ones have long queues as they are frequented by food enthusiasts patiently waiting to have a taste. Check out these three popular gyukatsu restaurants in Tokyo (東京)!

    1. Gyukatsu-MOTOMURA (牛かつ もと村)

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    This is arguably the most popular gyukatsu restaurant in Tokyo. The line may be long but the dining experience is unique and hard to come by. Its main branch is located in Shinjuku (新宿) which always has a long line during lunchtime.

    What makes this restaurant famous is the lean meat that they use for their gyukatsu. Their menu is very simple. They offer gyukatsu in different sizes: small size (100g), average size (130g), and big size (260g). The size you’re going to choose will, of course, depend on your appetite.

    Their gyukatsu set consists of barley rice, miso soup, and cabbage. You can add 100 yen for grated yam, which is actually a great combination with gyukatsu.

    Gyukatsu-MOTOMURA Website *Automatic translation available
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    2. Gyukatsu Aona (牛かつ あおな)

    This is a perfect place for rare meat lovers in Japan. If you like rare beef cutlet for lunch, you should visit this restaurant.

    Their beef menu is categorized into three: A (domestic beef), O (Japanese black beef), and Na (Japanese marbled beef). “A” is more of a lean meat and costs 1,150 yen. “O” and “Na” are deep fried, a little bit fatty, and cost 1,480 yen and 1,680 yen, respectively. When you order food, you have to say “A/O/Na, please.”

    They’re very careful about nutrition content in their food servings. They also have fresh seasonal vegetables to pair with their meals. They have small and large sets so you can choose to your liking. What’s great about this place is that you can see the chef cooking right in front of you. Most of the time, your order will arrive in about 10 minutes.

    Gyukatsu Aona Website *Japanese only
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    3. Kyoto Katsugyu (京都 勝牛)

    This is a specialty restaurant from Kyoto. It has several branches across Japan, including one located near the JR Shinjuku Station (新宿駅). It serves high-quality gyukatsu whose beef is cooked medium to rare and crunchy on the outside.

    Customers can choose from four different styles to maximize their meat-eating experience. The gyukatsu can be eaten with wasabi soy sauce, salt and pepper, beef katsu sauce, or the Japanese-style curry dipping sauce.

    You can also request for rice as much as you want! The quality of the customer’s eating experience is prioritized here and dishes are made with utmost care and attention.

    Kyoto Katsugyu Website *Japanese only
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    Why don’t you head to one of these three restaurants if you’re up for your first gyukatsu experience? You are guaranteed to enjoy every bite of your meal. Take your taste buds on a journey and experience the fascinating flavors gyukatsu has to offer!

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