I’m rating the restaurant in the Machida Tokyu Twins building. It’s not clear from the address if this is the same one. Anyway, Japan has a TV show where 10,000 people rate foods. This weekend’s show was best chain restaurant meat dish. Tonkatsu Wako won first place, so the family and I decided to try it out. Tonkatsu is a fried pork cutlet, but it is fried Japanese tempura style. I’m willing to say tonkatsu is a Japanese comfort food because you see it on nearly every family restaurant menu and because there are numerous chains devoted solely to tonkatsu. Tonkatsu Wako is one such place. The family and I went on a weekend at lunchtime. This restaurant is on a floor with a dozen or so other restaurants, everyone with a line of customers waiting to get in. Once we got into the line for Tonkatsu Wako, a waiter came out and gave us menus to look at. We were given ample time to study the menu and make our choices, which the waiter took down before we entered the restaurant. It didn’t take too long for us to be seated, and shortly afterwards, our food was served piping hot. Japanese Green Tea and water are free. My wife and I had the double tonkatsu special, my son a special cut of pork roast tonkatsu, my daughter katsudon (cut up tonkatsu fried with a scrambled egg and served over rice), my other daughter a mix of shrimp, pork and cheese tempura. It all came out fried a beautiful golden brown. Everyone enjoyed their meal. The wait staff came by frequently to check on tea, even though there is buzzer at the table. The bill came to less than 5,200 yen which is about $11 per person, which I think is a very reasonable price. This is a chain restaurant, so I recommend you stop in any one of them. If you like pork cutlet, you won’t be disappointed.
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