[Tokyo] Marugo 丸五 - Tonkatsu in Akihabara
At J's insistence, we went to check out his favorite tonkatsu place one afternoon in Akihabara which is an area known for its abundance of electronic shops. He stumbled upon it one day while shopping for parts but it turns out that Marugo is highly rated and has been featured in the 2016 Michelin Guide! We got there around 2pm on a Saturday afternoon and there was a short line to get in but luckily we didn't have to wait long since they have seating on two floors and many of the diners were singles. After hanging our big jackets by the entrance, we were led to a small table on the ground floor where we were handed English menus which was convenient enough. For pork, they basically serves 2 cuts - Pork Filet (ヒレかつ) and Pork Loin (ロースかつ) so we got one of each to try as a set with rice, miso soup and pickles.
Besides pork cutlet, they also serve chicken cutlet as well as deep-fried prawn, pork saute and grilled sliced beef.
Sitting on the ground floor meant that I could observe the open kitchen and I saw the precision that went in to making sure that the pork were of the same size by weighing them and trimming off excess. Once our katsu arrived, I finally realized what made the pork cutlets here so special - it's the thickness of the pork which locked in the meat juices during the cooking process so the meat was super succulent to eat! Due to the thickness of the pork, the panko crust to meat ratio was perfect and the delicious tonkatsu sauce just tied them all together. After trying both cuts, I actually prefer the pork loin over the filet cut which was not as lean and tasted juicier since it has more fat in it. It was a satisfying treat for a reasonable price and I'd highly recommend this place if you are in the Akihabara area!
1-8-14 Sotokanda Chiyoda Tokyo
東京都 千代田区 外神田 1-8-14
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