Entries Tagged as 'katsu'

Cocoro Japanese Restaurant

September 23rd, 2013 · No Comments

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A few weeks ago we went to check out Cocoro with Adam and Christine. We ordered so much food!! I remember saba, tuna sashimi, grilled squid, grilled miso eggplant, seaweed salad, shrimp shumai, spicy dragon roll, katsu-ju, katsu curry, tonkatsu ramen, and misoyasai ramen. I took photos of the katsu curry and tonkatsu ramen because I thought they were the stand out dishes, but actually, I find myself still thinking about the grilled squid. It was so tasty. The grilled eggplant was another favorite. Actually, everything was really good.

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Maisen in Shibuya, Tokyo

May 12th, 2013 · No Comments

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Pork shumai appetizer.

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Dallas’s pork tonkatsu.

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My prawns.

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The whole prawn set.

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Maisen store front.

When we were in Omotesando and Harajuku, we tried to go to Maisen for lunch but there was a long wait and we were starving. When we realized it had a few locations in Tokyo and we were headed to Shibuya, where one was located, we decided to check it out. Similar to “>Tonkatsu Waku, which we visited on the top floor of a department store in Kyoto, this tonkatsu house was also located on the top floor of a department store.. but in Shibuya, Tokyo. The similarities did not end there. The types of tonkatsu and what was included with each set (kind of like combo meals). One big difference was that at Maisen you could order all different kinds of pork, like when you go to a steak restaurant here, and then the prices matched. It could be quite spendy if you wanted to get a really top cut/grade of pork. We stuck with the basics and it was so good. They just can’t do katsu in the US like they do in Japan!

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Tonkatsu Wako at Kyoto Station

May 1st, 2013 · No Comments

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Kyoto Tower is across from Kyoto Station.

On our last morning in Kyoto, we got ready at the hotel, checked out and then headed to Kyoto Station. We actually planned to arrive hours early because there is so much going on just in the train station! This thing is massive. There are a couple shopping malls, a museum, a skywalk, an observation deck, a hotel, a movie theater and every kind of restaurant from fast food to high end. It’s 15 stories tall and also goes underground. Crazy. I read that it’s one of Japan’s largest buildings. And unlike the rest of Kyoto, that is very traditional, Kyoto Station is super modern.

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I thought this was some weird knockoff Cafe du Monde, but it actually seems legit.

We shopped at the JR Kyoto Isetan department store, which is 11 stories tall. It was fun to look here, but most things were really high-end and out of our price range. Dallas looked at a coat he liked, but it was $350! Too much to even consider!

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I miss getting these washcloths before every meal! At nice places it’s a real cloth, warmed up, but even at chains like this, you get a prepackaged moist towelette.

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Nice chopsticks.

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We started with fried chicken appetizer.

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Tonkatsu Wako

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The napkins were so cute! Scalloped edges.

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This is what Dallas ordered. Rosukatsu Gohan: Another popular dish at Wako. A flavorful high-quality pork loin in which the original taste of pork can be savored.

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This is what I got. Ajisai: 2 bite-size pork fillet cutlets, 2 fried shrimps, crabmeat cream croquette and a steamed egg savory custard.

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Sijimi Clam Miso Soup came with both meals.

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One of these is tea, but the others are some sauces. There was a tonkatsu sauce, shoyu, a dressing for the cabbage, and some kind of barbecue sauce, if I remember correctly.

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Outside of Tonkatsu Wako.

We wanted to get lunch before we left and read that Tonkatsu Wako is a great place for tonkatsu, a favorite Japanese dish of ours. We didn’t realize it at the time, but Tonkatsu Wako is like the Starbucks of tonkatsu! I mean, the restaurant was pretty nice and the food was excellent, but we just saw last night that there are more than 250 locations in Japan! I wish we could get just one in Chicago. SO good.

I don’t know how, in Japan, they get the panko to be so light and fluffy. It’s like biting into cotton candy almost! The only thing I didn’t really care for was the steamed egg savory custard. Oh, and I was envisioning crab rangoon when my set included a crabmeat cream croquette, but the “cream” was actually like a mayo. I like Japanese mayo, but not hot and fried! Ew. Otherwise, everything was great. If we’d have known this was such a big chain we’d probably have eaten here again in Tokyo!

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