Tokyo restaurant Review: the Best Tonkatsu at Anzu Ginza, Tokyo
If you are around Ginza and craving for crisp but juicy "Tonkatsu" dish, here is my recommendation. The best Japanese pork cutlet I've ever had!
The shop that I want to tell you about today is Anzu Ginza. It is located on the 11th floor of MITSUKOSHI Ginza store.
Ginza Station is on 3 Metro Lines: Marunouchi Line, Ginza Line and Hibiya Line. If you would like some exercise, it is also accessible from the Yurakucho Station (JR Line too) and Ginza Icchoume Station which are both on the Yurakucho Line. It is also possible to go from Higashi Ginza which is on the Toei Asakusa Line and Hibiya Line. So as you can see, it is in a very, very, very convenient location.
If you've been reading my articles, you would know I adore underground passages or covered roads because I can get to my destination without getting affected by the weather or temperature. And you guessed correctly: there is a 2 minutes walk via the underground passageway from Higashi Ginza Station.
The Best Tonkatsu at Anzu Ginza
Reservations are not possible for this restaurant so please go early or else there will be quite a queue, especially during the weekends. I heard it is a lot emptier during weekdays so maybe you can try that instead. We went on a Saturday around 1 PM and there were two groups of people in front of us before we finally got in.
Even though the menu is fully written in Japanese, if I'm not mistaken, they have an English menu. The staffs are really friendly and nice. Some of them can speak English as well.
The moment you sit down, the staff will bring the tea, a bowl of something with a pair of extra chopsticks and the spicier sauce for the tonkatsu. The sauces already on the table includes the white one which is the Aojiso (green perilla) dressing, salt, sweet sauce for the tonkatsu and olive oil.
This is the bowl of something. It is really good to be eaten just as it is or with rice. Not refillable.
And then here comes the salad. The staff also brings out a ponzu sauce which you can eat with the salad. It's good too but I highly recommend the white creamy one you saw earlier. The salad dressings are sold at the counter so if you want to bring one home, you can buy it there.
The staff then brings this. You can ground your sesame to the coarseness of your liking. It is to be sprinkled over your tonkatsu but I like mine over my rice. In the picture, you can also see the ponzu sauce that can be drizzled over the salad.
I picked the Pork Loin with Kyo Vegetables because I wanted some veggies to go with my meat. The three little round things are cabbage and some green veggie-wrapped pumpkin. The set also comes with rice, pickles, and miso soup.
You can pick between the normal white rice or black rice. I picked the black rice. Rice is refillable too. My friend picked the Pork Loin (Small) Set. There is also the Medium option at JPY1790.
What I really love about Anzu is that their pork has no smell. Some pork has a distinct smell but Anzu has none of it. There is such a perfect balance of the fatty and lean bits. The fat is decadent and rich. The lean part is juicy and soft. It is truly an absolutely heavenly combination.
Anzu serves their tonkatsu with lemon and mustard on the side but this was so delicious on its own that you don't need it. Even when it has cooled, it was still fantastic and not dripping with oil.
Overall, it's a place that I would want to keep coming. Even if I came and ate the same thing over and over again, I know it would still be delicious with good service. The atmosphere is lovely and if you can get a window seat, that would be even better. You get to enjoy your meal with the view that only a high-rise building can provide.
I think this was an A+ experience. Go for it.
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