Having a Filling Lunch at Kyoto Katsugyu, a Restaurant Specializing in Beef Cutlets!
In Japanese cuisine, the fried breaded pork cutlet called Tonkatsu is famous. Now a beef version of this dish, known as Gyukatsu, has been gaining attention, and a lot of eateries specializing in beef cutlets have appeared recently.
In Osaka's Dojima Chikagai (an underground shopping arcade), there's Kyoto Katsugyu, a restaurant that's always full of customers. I went there to have lunch!
Starting from its namesake city, Kyoto Katsugyu beef cutlet specialty shop has continued to open branches in Japan's major cities, such as Tokyo, Osaka, Aichi and Fukuoka.
A set menu with miso soup and rice starts from ¥1280.
They also offer dishes such as beef roast cutlets, Japanese Black Wagyu beef sirloin cutlets, and Katsuju, or beef cutlets served on a bed of rice in a stacked lacquer box.
Taste and compare a variety of flavors, such as wasabi soy sauce, Sansho (Japanese pepper) salt, and Wafu (Japanese-style) curry dipping sauce.
I Ordered the Standard Beef Cutlet
The beef cutlet is deep-fried at a high temperature for just 1 minute. It's done so fast!
The cutlet's fragrant aroma whets my appetite.
Made from fine bread crumbs, the panko coating absorbs less oil during deep-frying.
It is cooked medium-rare, just like a steak!
The texture of the thinly-coated cutlet is tender.
If you don’t care for rare meat, ask for it to be well-done when placing your order.
You can have free seconds of mugi-meshi, or boiled barley with rice. It's the perfect match for beef cutlets!
First, I recommend trying the wasabi and dashi soy sauce.
It's refreshingly delicious! This sauce is excellent at drawing out the umami of the beef!
The crispy coating is savory, and the flavor of the sansho pepper is invigorating!
This dipping sauce for beef is full of ground sesame seeds.
The flavors of Worcester sauce and sesame go together very well. They make a rather thick sauce that is exceptionally tasty when eaten with rice.
The curry dipping sauce is full-bodied and mild.
Put it on top of your rice, and you can make "katsu" curry! (The word "katsu" is a homophone for "cutlet" and "to win", so it's taken as a sign of good luck for students.)
Here is another culinary masterpiece!
Kyo-zuke, or Kyoto-style Japanese pickles, are placed on top of tororo, a dish made of white yams called nagaimo or yamaimo.
It's very nutritious, but those with allergies to such food should take care.
Tororo-gohan is rice topped with tororo grated yam. The crunchy Kyo-zuke pickles, with just the right amount of salt, are a nice accent. It's so delicious!
Everything tastes so good that I never get tired of it until I finish!
With free seconds of mugi-meshi rice, I can fill my stomach! I'm completely satisfied.
Basic Information on Kyoto Katsugyu in Dojima Chikagai
- Dojima Chikagai 3, Sonezaki Shinchi 1-Chome, Kita-Ku, Osaka
- 3 minutes on foot from Nishi-Umeda Subway Station
- Business Hours
11:00 am – 10:00 pm（L.O. 9:30 pm）
Sundays and holidays 11:00 am – 9:00 pm（L.O. 8:30 pm）
- Every 3rd Sunday, The Year-End Holidays