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Value for Money
丼吉: 吉列カツ vs. 炸フライ Katsu vs. Furai Mar 17, 2013
I-square. Convenient location.
Bright and spacious.
Professional and friendly service.
Good Kagoshima Royal Tonkatsu set
Good Scallop Furai
I came here alone after work at 9:00 p.m. (on a Sunday). It's quite tricky to find something decent to eat at a relaxing setting at this time of the night. I got in here immediately. Great!
I was initially allocated a table in the middle section of the restaurant, which was a bit too bright and a bit too close to other tables. I noticed vacant seats at the end of the restaurant so I asked whether I could sit there. The friendly waitress gave me a large room for 6 instead! (Since the place would be closing soon any way). That's very much appreciated.
Efficient and very willing to assist customers. Very good.
Each branch appears to differ quite significantly from each other.
The CWB branch at World Trade Centre needs no introduction. Dimly lit, more cool, "dark" and grand. Some of the seats also overlook the typhoon shelter.
The other CWB branch at Hang Lung Center has a similar theme but is more out of the way and feels like an oasis in crowded CWB. Very quiet.
The TST branch at Canton Road looks more like a cosy, rustic yakitori joint in Japan. The tone is warmer than all other branches (a bit like Yakichi as Ashley road).
The one here at the ONE seemed more "young" and modern. Bright with light-coloured wooden decor.
A noteworthy point is the large amount of spacious compartment seats (at least 12 tables for about 6 persons) partitioned by curtains. Very high ceiling. Good privacy.
I ordered a Kagoshima Royal Tonkatsu Set (pork loin), plus a la carte scallop and crab croquette. Of course, a bottle of Sapporo beer. (They also servce sochu by the glass!)
Being no expert on how one should cut different parts of a pig, the one thing I observed was the very uneven distribution of fat and meat - the first 4 pieces had essentially no fat (surprisingly still very tender) while the last three pieces were quite fatty. I suppose instead of the present cutting (assuming it's done vertically), it could be cut horizontally so each piece would have more meat and a bit of fat (?)
The batter was thin and crunchy. Wrapping the piece of loin perfectly. Importantly, I didn't find it oily at all - which is a key requirement in any good tonkatsu.
Very good scallop. Very good timing and flavourful. Similar to the one I had in Romankan Yokohama.
The batter was also completely different from Saboten.
Those at Saboten - which literally means "Cactus" - had a lot thick cut, fried crunchy bread crumbs as opposed to the smoother and relatively fluffier batter used at Tonkichi and Romankan Yokohama.
Bill came down to $320 (including service and drinks). Not cheap but well worth it.
Supplementary Information:Katsu? According to my understanding, Japanese cutlets are called Katsu for meat because meats are referred to "cuts" of meat in English, i.e. Tonkatsu.
Furai? Other cutlet items, namely seafoods, are called "furai" ("fry"), e.g. Ebi Fry and Kagi Fry...etc.
Recommended Dish(es): 吉列豬柳,帶子
Table Wait Time: 0 minute(s)
Spending per head: Approximately HKD320
Value for Money3
Disappointed. No as good as WTC branch May 28, 2012
Went to their CWB main restaurant 3 times before. Every time my friends or my husband and I ordered fried pork chop or fried pork fillet. During my last visit to CWB branch with my husband, the pork chop was very juicy. We could see the rice in one by one piece. Smelled good too. Also, their food was better for lunch than dinner. Perhaps due to less customers.
Found out they had a new branch in The One, so my husband and I visited again since my husband missed the juicy pork chop. My husband was very disappointed this time. The fried pork chop was very fresh, hot and soft BUT NOT juicy at all and not as soft as their CWB branch. Not sure if they used less good pork chop or the pork chop was overcooked or due to different cook. The rice looked like paste. All stuck together. No taste.
Do not remember exactly if they provide ice cream dumpling in their CWB branch before. They did not provide in The One branch.
Will never visit THE ONE branch again.
Table Wait Time: 30 minute(s)
Date of Visit: May 27, 2012
Spending per head: Approximately HKD195(Dinner)
Value for Money3
Can I have a set for pork loin & scallop pls?! Sep 03, 2010
Came to Tonkichi spontaneously as we didn't know where to go in TST and it was really hot. It was surprising to find that we only had to wait for TWO tables. So, not much done before we were seated.
Had two sets to be shared among the three of us: (a) Pork chop & pork loin set for two, and (b) Pork chop & prawn.
I am still tremendously upset for the restaurant's inflexibility for accomodating my request to have a set for pork chop / loin and scallop, even though I was willing to pay up! I do not understand why they have sets pairing with all other types of seafood such as oysters (which I don't eat) and shrimps but NOT scallops. But of course, I know I can always order a la carte but man - 54bucks for one pc is really a rip.
Anyway ~ the pork chop was very disappointing. It was very chewy and very different from what I have tried before - the texture was good but not chewy!!! Otherwise, everything else was usual - up to expectation. We love the tar tar sauce the most! heehee...
Service was okay. Aside from the fact that they made us move after we were first seated (the waitress kept mumbling something), we were happy in our little cubicle area.
Won't mind coming back.
Table Wait Time: 10 minute(s)
Date of Visit: Aug 29, 2010
Spending per head: Approximately HKD200
Value for Money3