Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Hong Kong: Tonkichi Tonkatsu Seafood Restaurant

We were all excited to try Tonkichi Tonkatsu Restaurant for lunch in Causewaybay on Christmas day 2012. Nikko has done his research and, for the frequent Hong Kong traveller that this family is, they have never tried out this very much talked about Tonkatsu place.

We arrived early and before the shop opened, to find out that they let people in exactly at 12 noon. Research has warned us about the long lines to this restaurant, and we were lucky to have been able to get back (we strolled around Muji while waiting for the 30 minutes to open) in time to have a long table for all of us.

They state here that using vegetable oil to fry their food promotes "healthy living life style". This is just too funny. Regardless, it was a day and place when / where we should not be counting the calories and be concerned about the entirely fried and fully breaded products we were about to consume.

Tables are slightly covered with curtains for privacy.

We enjoyed the Victoria Harbour view from the restaurant from where we sat.

Compared to the local Tonkatsu places that we have, there are three types of sauces instead of just the Japanese Worcestershire sauce for the Tonkatsu. The other two is for the shredded cabbage salad, one of which is the sour seafood sauce and the other, sweet plum sauce. I loved the variation, which made me enjoy and finish my salad.

With their Japanese / English menu, and their accommodating English speaking waiters, It was easy to spot which ones we're ordering.
Grinding Time!
After the sesame seeds have been ground, the waiter immediately pulled the wooden stirrers from us. This is different from how we were allowed to use the stick to mix it here. Basically, they expected us to either have a sauce with the seeds at the bottom, or use our own chopsticks to mix it instead of using their wooden stirrers. I didn't bother to clarify, but applied the latter.
Kobe Beef Croquette [HKD 88]
Deep Fried Prawn and Tonkatsu Loin [HKD 228]
The new Tonkichi set is comprised of Pork Loin, Pork Fillet, Prawn and Oyster, and is recommended for sharing. The ones who tried this said that the oysters and prawns tasted fresh. Great contrast of the delicate texture of seafood and crisp-fried breading.
New Tonkichi Set [HKD 558]
I ordered the Premium Royal Pork Loin (it didn't have the "Kurobuta" tag), but was explained as "has been ranked as one of the top quality pork meats in the world". And yes, I compared it to others' orders of Tonkatsu Loin [HKD 168] and the difference was very evident. Perfect crisp on the outside, and extremely juicy on the inside. I didn't get to take a shot at the cross section because I was enjoying eating too much. 

The portion was very huge, but I managed to finish everything on my plate (even the cup of rice) by not consuming much of others' food. Rice, cabbage were all unlimited and refilled quickly by the attentive waiters.
Premium Royal Pork Loin [HKD 192]
Long Table of Katsu
In the end, what's great about the experience is despite that I ate a whole lot of fried stuff, I didn't feel gross because they were all well-fried. Everyone was satisfied with their meals, and we ended up finishing our individual orders.. and even the excess orders! This place is definitely worth going back for, or visiting every time you come around Hong Kong. 

Tonkichi Tonkatsu Seafood
Address 1:
Shop 412, Podium 4, World Trade Centre, 280 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay
+852 2577 6617
Operating Hours:
Monday to Sunday: 12:00-15:00, 18:00-22:30

Address 2:
10/F, The Toy House, 100 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
+852 2314 2998
Operating Hours:
Monday to Sunday: 11:30-15:00, 18:00-22:30


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