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“とんかつ とんき” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tonki

Tonki
Ranked #1 of 2,628 Restaurants in Meguro
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $26
Cuisines: Japanese, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Shibuya / Harajuku / Ebisu
Singapore, Singapore
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51 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“とんかつ とんき”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2013

One of the best in tonkatsu, with GREAT value! Always crowded so try to make reservation. Unfortunately, we couldn't stay downstairs to watch the chefs in action (they handle fresh-out-of-the-oil tonkatsu with bare fingers!), so had to head upstairs.

Order the rosu (loin) because it's the more delicious one here, don't worry about the fats and your waistline, we loved it. Hire can get slightly dry.

Closed on the 3rd Monday each month & Tuesdays.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Tokyo
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91 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Tonki Tops the Tonkatsu To-Eat List”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

Each neighborhood in the Tokyo area has its tonkatsu restaurant. Some stand out. Tonki goes beyond this distinction because of its consistent high quality and helpful staff. If you want the full treatment, definitely eat at the counter and watch all the activity that goes into preparing tonkatsu. Worth waiting in line. If you have a group, you can call ahead and reserve one of the tatami rooms upstairs.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“This would be my last meal on earth ....”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2013

I have gone here monthly since being introduced in 1996. I moved away 3 years ago,but every time I am back here, I stop at LEAST three times to eat here! The Rosu-Katsu is the way to go. Why skip on the leaner cut. It's fried food, for crying out loud! Enjoy the flavor! Love this place, all at more than my soon-to-be hubby!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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68 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Specializing only on three items in the menu”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2013 via mobile

Once you walk into Tonki, you are emmersed in the world of Tonkatsu. I've been to many at around Japan, but this one looks special. The kitchen chief ask for your order, then you sit and wait. Not in a particular sequence, but you just sit tight. The chief has amazing memory. First come, first serve.
I had a roh-su, which is like a sirloin cut of pork. I waited patiently for the total of approx 20 min, including the time I waited at my dining counter seat.
As I waited and watched a fine-tuned team of servers, rice servers, cabbage preparers, friers and finishing station (the old fella cutting the cooked swine looks like he's been around for 70 years. Really!), I was getting ready for a life-altering experience.
Unfortunately....the tonkatsu was mediocre at best. Pretty good, but not extraordinary. The meat was not so tender, and the fried batter had detatched itself from the meat (a no no for a purist like myself)
Sure, the wait, the ambiance, and the experience was great, but in the end, I left like I was taken by the hype. Perhaps my expectation was too high?

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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“Super recommended! ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2013 via mobile

I certify all previous comments in terms of flavor, quantities and fun factor everything is top-notch. It is a little tricky to find, go outside of main exit of Meguro station, take a left, walk down the street, on the first corner you will see a Pachinko establishment, take a left on that street, go forward and don't be fooled by the first establishments, this one goes after them. I posted a photo just in case. Go there ultra recommended.

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