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“The Best Tonkatsu”
Review of Ginza Bairin - CLOSED

Ginza Bairin
Price range: $11 - $20
Cuisines: Japanese
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Description: The Ginza Bairin Story Epicurean pharmacist, Nobokatsu Shibuya decided to close down his pharmaceutical company and decided to open a tonkatsu specialty restaurant. Thus, Ginza Bairin was born 1927, it became the pioneer tonkatsu restaurant in Ginza. Innovation is a distinct value in the Ginza Bairin history. Nobukatsu developed the first tonkatsu sauce called "Bairin Sauce." Back then, the tonkatsu sauce was only worchestershire or demiglaze sauce, he formulated the signature tonkatsu sauce that would be suitable for pork cutlet. He then moved onto the Panko, while others would use old bread and sugar, Nobukatsu developed a special panko for deep frying. This gave the coating a lighter, more crispier taste and a texture that highlights the flavor of the meat. At Ginza Bairin, each tonkatsu is only coated with Panko and fried upon order. Another katsu-innovation, launched after WWII due to a shortage of rice, was the Katsu Sando. Here, Nobukatsu looked for the best bread that matched the pork flavor. Ginza Bairin Today Masaya Shibuya, Nobukatsu's great grandson, moved up the ranks as a chef and took over the family business in 1984. Since then he has continuously innovated katsu by adding new dishes such as mini tonkatsu burgers, tonkatsu nuggets and pork fillet katsudon. International head of chef of Ginza Bairin for decades, Yoshijiro Miyakozawa shares in the rigorous dedication to authenticity and taste, ensuring each ingredient, component and process stays true to the Ginza Bairin way.
Reviewed January 29, 2014

The Ginza Bairin Makati serves very good authentic Japanese tonkatsu, as good as their main outlet in Ginza. The Kurobuta tonkatsu, cooked perfectly and tender without the oil and served in curry sauce is simply spicy, full of flavor, aromatic and taste delicious. The restaurant provides unlimited serving of salad, if requested. If you have craving for a good katsu, this is the place to go to. Be prepared to wait a good 15-25 min for your meal to be served.

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Reviewed January 26, 2014

A good friend suggested we try this Katsu restaurant so one lazy Saturday lunch time, we hied off to Ginza Bairin in Glorietta 2. I tried their Katsudon set and was pleasantly surprised by its tender and tasty katsu . Another friend had their Chicken and was similarly impressed. The place was just right- not too big, not too small. Tastefully decorated with attentive staff hovering about you. Will definitely go back to try the other courses in their menu.

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Thank Jeff Y
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Reviewed January 11, 2014

I always try new Katsu places, but in Manila (in this case, the Makati), Ginza Bairin has become a favorite. Their food doesn't get soggy and the tonkatu not so oily. Also love that they have fish on the menu. I have tried the meats, ebi, fish, even the vegetable Katsu and they're all good. Wish they had more drink choices on the menu, though.

The staff remembers you and your favorite dishes. The bathrooms are also clean.

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Thank Ana V
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Reviewed December 5, 2013

The first time I tried Ginza Bairin was at their UP Town Center branch. I absolutely loved the Special Katsudon! And then when I chanced upon the Glorietta 2 branch, I tried it again to know if they really are consistent. I guess they still have the best katsudon for me.

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Thank Paola M
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Reviewed November 27, 2013 via mobile

Same quality as Saboten, but more reasonably priced. They also have a more extensive menu. Service is very good! Hope they keep it this way. My daughter tried their branch in UP Town and she was also raving about the quality of the katsu and the reasonable price. A must try.

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