Tasty, Cheap, and Quick: 'Tonchinkan'
The restaurant is located in the back alley of Shinjuku Nishiguchi and is very popular among Shinjuku tonkatsu fans.
The standard pork loin tonkatsu is about ¥1,000 and only takes about 5 minutes to get to the table after you order it! Despite being a hearty, thick cut, the pork is exquisitely deep-fried and is beautifully crispy on the outside with plentiful juice on the inside.
“Tasty, Budget Friendly and Quick!” That is the reason why this place is so popular.
Oven-Baked Tonkatsu: 'Tonkatsu Niimura'
Tonkatsu Niimura is an old-fashioned tonkatsu restaurant located in Kabukicho, Shinjuku, about 5 minutes from Shinjuku Station. Instead of being deep-fried in hot oil, the tonkatsu here is cooked in an oven, which supposedly helps keep the deep flavor and juiciness of the pork in tact. One of the wonderful things about this restaurant is that it's open until after midnight, so it's perfect for a stop in between watering holes.
Pork Loin Tonkatsu: 'Nadai Tonkatsu Katsukura'
Katsukura is a tonkatsu chain that originally started in Kyoto. This location can be found on the 14th floor of Takashimaya Shinjuku, about 3 minutes from Shinjuku Station. Here, a special premium pork called 'Kinkabuta' is deep-fried to make the delicious Tonkatsu. The say luxurious pork loin is very tender and even the fatty part has an elegant sweetness and umami (savory taste) flavor.
¥800 Tonkatsu Lunch Special: 'Tontake'
'Tontake' is located a short walk from the south exit of Shinjuku Station. Come here for lunch time to take advantage of the 'Tonkatsu Lunch,' which is served with Tonkatsu, rice, and miso soup for just ¥800! For truly delicious tonkatsu, this is a great deal! Check it out if your trying to save a couple hundred yen.
Nostalgic Showa-Era Atmosphere: "Katsugin"
Katsugin is a restaurant located in Shinjuku 5-chome that is run by a married couple. The tonkatsu here is beautifully deep fried in panko and completely satisfying to eat. The restaurant has an old-school Showa-era vibe to it which is an added bonus, and you can feel like you're eating the tonkatsu as the Tokyoites from 100 years ago.
Varried Tonkatsu Menu: 'Shinjuku Saboten'
Saoten is located just 2 minutes walking from Keio Shinjuku Station. The restaurant offers a variety of tonkatsu and other katsu items at a very reasonable price! Their tonkatsu is super crispy, and you get huge portion of cabbage on the side, which is very much appreciated. This is a great choice if you're with someone who would prefer to have shrimp or chicken katsu instead of pork!
Perfect for Take-out: 'Tonkatsu Maisen' (Shinjuku Takashimaya Branch)
If you are looking for a place to take out good tonkatsu, this place is strongly recommended! Located on the B1 level of Takashimaya, this store is specialized in tonkatsu take-out. In addition to standard tonkatsu, the delicious and easy-to-eat tonkatsu burger is a must-try!! Maisen is located one minute away from Shinjuku Station, south exit.
If you are interested in trying their restaurant, check the link below for more information on available Maisen branches in Tokyo!
Surprising Yet Delicious Combination of Tonkatsu Plus Chazuke: 'Suzuya'
Tonkatsu and chazuke is a surprising combination indeed, and you're unlikely to find it anywhere else. Chazuke is a broth made of tea and dashi (Japanese fish or meat stock) usually poured on rice. That's the kind of dish they serve along with an outstanding tonkatsu that comes with a mountain of cabbage fried teppanyaki style (on an iron plate). Give it a try, as this is one of the best-rated tonkatsu restaurants on many online sites! Located in Kabukicho on the fifth floor of the Suzuya Building.
The King of Tonkotsu Curry: 'Oroji'
Can you go wrong with a restaurant in Shinjuku that has been operating for almost 100 years? Probably not! Oroji is undeniably the king of the Japanese curry (kare) topped with thick pieces of tonkatsu. The tonkatsu is juicy inside and crispy on the outside. It goes perfectly well with the rich kare! A must-try for curry or tonkotsu lovers alike. Both inside and out, this restaurant has a retro charm that you'll surely appreciate!
The Crunchiest Tonkatsu: 'Tonkatsu Santa'
Tonkotsu Santa is located a 5-minute walk from the east exit of Shinjuku Station. Their claim to fame is their super crispy tonkatsu crust. How they do it is a mystery, but some people speculate that they add bread crusts to their batter. The result gives an amazingly crunchy texture which is an important point since that's what many people love about tonkatsu. Not only can you have the pork cutlets fried that way, but also shrimp! The tonkatsu-shrimp mix set is quite popular. Most plates are 1,300 yen or less.
Looking at these Tonkatsu pictures made you hungry, right?
These stores serve Tonkatsu at a reasonable price with a good satisfying portion, so you can't go wrong with any of them!
More information on Tonkatsu stores in Tokyo can be found using the following link, so make sure to check it too!