[Tokyo] Butagumi 豚組 - Iberico Pork Tonkatsu!
We were having dinner with a friend in Tokyo when he started raving about the tonkatsu at Butagumi 豚組 (specifically a tonkatsu made with Iberico pork!) so we decided to have lunch there one day. There's actually a few branches of Butagumi now but we went to the original in Nishi-Azabu with a quaint two-story house that's located off the beaten path. We sat upstairs in one of their beautiful horigotatsu rooms (a low table over a sunken space in the floor) to enjoy our meal. Unlike some other tonkatsu places we've been to, Butagumi focuses solely on pork with over 50 varieties to choose from. Originally we wanted to get the Iberico pork and Butagumi-zen with 5 different types of pork in sample size, but apparently the sampler dish had been discontinued because it was hard for diners to taste the true flavors of the pork due to the small size. It was quite hard to choose from so many different types of pork so we relied on the staff's recommendation instead for one of our tonkatsu.
Pork tonkatsu are usually available in two cuts (fillet and sirloin) and since we already tried one tonkatsu with a sirloin cut, we wanted to try a fillet cut and were recommended this Imo-buta from Chiba (¥2900) by the staff. This tonkatsu was more tender than the Iberico pork and had a more subtle and delicate taste.
2-24-9 Nishiazabu Minato Tokyo
東京都 港区 西麻布 2-24-9
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