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“Tonkatsu at its best” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Tonki

Tonki
1-1-2 Shimomeguro, Meguro 153-0064, Tokyo Prefecture
+81 3-3491-9928
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Ranked #1 of 1,426 Restaurants in Meguro
4.5 of 5 stars 102 Reviews
Price range: $8 - $25
Cuisines: Japanese
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night
San Francisco, California
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Tonkatsu at its best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2012

If you love a tonkatsu meal, they serve the best. After eating tonkatsu here, you will never eat tonkatsu in the USA. It is moist, juicy and thick. Whenever I am in Tokyo, I always make a special trip to eat here. I first atte here in 1970 and itt took me 30 years to find it again because the area has change so much that I could never find it again until my trip in 1998.

  • Visited May 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Top Contributor
214 reviews 214 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 62 cities Reviews in 62 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“Very cool place!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2012 via mobile

They have 3 things: roast pork cutlets fried cutlets and fried with leeks inside. It cost us about 2500 yen for 2 plus 2 Kirin big bots. You cn see the production process from the bar where you wait. Just next to the pachinko place beside the station. Very cool taste of Tokyo

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Excellent traditional tonkatsu”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2011

Tonki does one thing - tonkastu, a deep fried pork cutlet - and does it exceptionally well. There is pretty much nothing else on the menu, but that's OK since their tonkatsu is well worth the trip. The ground floor of the restaurant is a U-shaped counter, and as a comfort food restaurant the place is reminiscent of a lunch counter or America-style diner. You will see a great cross-section of Tokyo here - businessmen, families, young adults - so while the ambiance is not fancy, the atmosphere is great. It can get crowded, so be prepared to wait a few minutes to sit. When you arrive, they will ask for your order and you will wait on the chairs around the perimeter of the room until your order is ready and you are seated at the counter. There is also table seating on the 2nd floor (better for families) if you prefer.

There are 2 choices on the menu- each is Y1,650 for the meal including rice, soup, pickles and cabbage
HIRE-KATSU TEISHOKU (lean pork loin cutlet)
rice, miso soup and pickles.

ROHSU-KATSU TEISHOKU (boneless pork chop cutlet with some pork fat) ----- Y1,650
rice, miso soup and pickles.

A la Carte
KUSHI-KATSU ---------------- Y700
(pork meat skewered with onion)

Enjoy!!!!

  • Visited October 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Tonki - a dining experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2010

Tonki gets a let of guide book mentions now, and the venerable gentlemen manning the cutlet production line are great to watch when its busy. How they manage to break off nubbins of just-out -of -the fryer batter with their bare fingers, without any sign of pain is impressive. The production line never stops, and when your meal arrives the batter is crisp, and greaseless, and the pork good but not exceptional. Overall is a nice experience, made in to an exceptional one, if you eat Tonkatsu late at night after a few(or many) beers.

Finding Tonki is fairly easy if you leave by the West exit, look for the enormous skyscrapper and the Pachino hall that is visible from this exit- walk down to the pachinko hall and Tonki is in the sidestreet beside it, if you come at the right time there might be a queue outside.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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San Francisco, California
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Reviews in 83 cities Reviews in 83 cities
326 helpful votes 326 helpful votes
“Out of World GOOD Pork Chop”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2010

My family and I (wife and 2 teenagers) visited Tonki during our recent vacation in Tokyo. It was referred to us by my local friend who said he grew up with this place. I must said that we really enjoyed our pork chop meals there. While the food itself is delicious, we all agreed that the best part is to see the whole family (3 or maybe even 4 generations) at work in unison in the open kitchen. Everyone is busy moving around doing chores but there is a feeling of peace, satisfaction and happiness, like great artists at work. We were fortunate to be seated near the frying stations and were mesmerized by the guy doing the bread crumb coating with such precise movement of his wrist. To me he was like a conductor in an orchestra, with such focus and concentration and enjoyment. Same with the senior guy cutting the tonkatsu, with such love and tenderness (no pun intended) on each stroke.
Overall, outstanding, memorable performance on such a simple food. Tip: you can get seconds on the cabbages and rice if one serving is not enough for you. They also have English menu so don't worry about language barrier. Just go in, and they will let you know the procedure via universal language (i.e. body and hand gestures).

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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