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$28 - $46
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Japanese

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Ochanomizu / Akihabara / Kanda
0.2 miles from Akihabara
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The first floor is lively with mostly counter seating, while the second floor is more subdued and with a somewhat nostalgic vibe. The owner-chef cuts t...
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Bib Gourmand: good quality, good value cooking
Simple restaurant
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All reviews tonkatsu soup prawns worth the wait english menu service was excellent long queue rosu akihabara meat crunchy tokyo premium bowl yen
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Reviewed April 18, 2020

We came here around 45 minutes before it was opened. It was on a weekend. We were 12th in line. It was worth the wait. I ordered the fried shrimp set while my sister ordered the tonkatsu set. We split it in half because we...wanted a part of each. They were both so light and flaky. It was so delicious. It was so worth the wait. Service was excellent. We had a great time and definitely enjoyed our time here.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed February 25, 2020 via mobile

Premium tonkatsu at 2200¥ with 450¥ to make it a set with miso soup and rice. Miso soup is of quality. Very popular during peak hours.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed December 14, 2019 via mobile

Really good, but be prepared to wait for quite some time because of the queue! We went early, just before the restaurant opened and there was already a long queue, about half were tourists. They take about 20 mins to prepare the meal too.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed October 6, 2019 via mobile

This would have been difficult to find, as it was tucked back on a side street, had there not been a line outside. It was around 7pm and we ended up waiting about 45 minutes. Tried both the chicken and pork katsu and both were...amazing. The people, who I think are the owners, were extremely attentive. Right as I was just finishing my salad, the lady comes over to me with a bowl of more salad and asks if I wanted more. As with both Japanese establishments, there was limited seating, so larger parties are hard to accommodate. As another plus, they had an English menu! Would highly recommend if you are in Akihabara.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed August 20, 2019 via mobile

Update your TripAdvisor and Yelp etc for your correct hours!!! It is not fair to have your bus timers travel way out of their way to find you are closed

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed July 18, 2019 via mobile

I had planned to visit another tonkatsu restaurant - Narikura - on this trip as many had claimed it has the best tonkatsu - until I found out that it moved further outside Tokyo just a few days back. Thus I decided to pay a...visit to Tonkatsu Marugo instead. Incidentally, this is also on the Michelin Bib Gourmand list. Queues already formed at 11ish (restaurant opens at 1130). Anyway, guests were quickly seated but I had to wait 10-15 min further as they were preparing to seat a party of 5 just in front of me (although when I went in, there were 3 empty counter seats). I guess they really respect the first come first served rule. I ordered the special rosu katsu with rice set. I've always wondered about the hire vs rosu argument - I always like a bit of fat and love the rosu cut. The majority seems to think that hire is better? Thus, the special hire costs 2100 yen and special rosu costs 1850 yen. Rice set with soup and appetiser costs an additional 450. When the food came, I thought it was a very good cut, it was nearly half lean meat and half slightly fatter cut. Together with the crunchy (but not hard) bread crumbs, the taste was certainly better than average tonkatsu. The tonkatsu sauce that you can help yourself to is good too and complements the meat really well (and I don't say this often as I feel that most of the sauces I've tasted are sourish and overpower the meat taste, which shouldn't be). I realised, to have the opportunity to sit in a good well-run establishment where the chefs prepare your food in front of you - and this is top grade food that you don't get everyday - really it's a privilege. Plus, the price is reasonable - I actually don't consider this expensive if you compare it to other chain outlets like Wako etc where they are almost the same prices (p.s. the original place I wanted to go to would cost double: now that's expensive and hopefully the taste is heavenly to justify the price). All in all, I would give this 4.5 stars... just does not hit the 5 for me. But it's a good place, worth the queue - come for the special hire or rosu, I hear even the prawns are good too (and huge, like bananas 😂).More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed July 9, 2019

I do not think you can book a table, so prepare yourself to wait - it is easy to locate the restaurant - just look for the line!:) It is really worth the wait. Most of tables are on the first floor, downstairs you can...sit at the bar. The employees are very nice to children, and the food is tasty and crusty. Portions are descent, and we had a lovely dinner.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed July 1, 2019

Showed up 10 minutes after opening time, and already there was a queue. Waited about an hour before being admitted. Ordered, and served in 15 minutes. A beer while I wait thanks. I'd eaten here before, probably 10 years ago. Just as good as I...remembered. Cash only.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed June 28, 2019 via mobile

I ate here not long ago and so far on my trip they have the best tempura prawns and amazing rice as well. The staff is also very kind, energetic and positive. There is a line outside of the restaurant that can vary in the...time you would be waiting. As I waited for 30 minutes because I came at a popular time which didn’t bother me much.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed April 12, 2019

I cannot recommend Tonkatsu Marugo enough. Tucked away in a corner in Akihabara, it is a traditional Japanese restaurant (very small and cozy inside) which serves the most delicious tonkatsu at reasonable prices. All three members of my family chose to have the pork cutlet,...which was absolutely delectable! The pork was so tender, it literally melted in our mouths! We also had the shrimp tempura, which was, hands down, the BEST tempura we have ever had. Lightly battered and crispy, the shrimp beneath the coating was succulent and fresh. Please note that each dish is prepared from scratch; so expect to wait for at least 15 minutes before your order is served. We took our place in the queue outside the restaurant at 4:45 and were immediately seated as soon as it opened. Make sure to stop here and enjoy the tonkatsu - it will be worth the wait and money!More

Date of visit: April 2019
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MaggieN88
February 27, 2017|
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Hi. I never been to this restaurant. However, I checked some photos. There are tables and chairs. Actually, I am going to there today! Enjoy your meal!
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Only cash payment is accepted. Marugo is open from 11:30 to 15:00 (last order by 14:00) and from 17:00 to 21:00 (last order by 20:00). It's closed on Mondays (except if it's a national holiday) and the third Tuesday of every... More
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