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Tonkatsu Taro

The birthplace of Niigata’s signature “tarekatsudon”.

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Tonkatsu Taro is the original birthplace of tarekatsudon, a signature dish from Niigata City. The standard Japanese katsudon is usually pork cutlets served over rice after being simmered in seasoned broth and egg or smothered in sauce. But in Niigata, the extra special tarekatsudon is thin pork cutlets dripping in a sweet and savory soy-sauce-based sauce and served on a bed of rice. When in Niigata, the locals know that ordering katsudon means you’re bound for this mouthwatering variety.

Tonkatsu Taro’s special katsudon is a large portion of five thinly sliced pork cutlets dipped in their secret sauce. With artful calculation, the meat is thinly breaded so as to produce a crunchy texture and maximize the flavor of the pork. Their traditional secret sauce goes incredibly well with the soft rice, making it hard to stop eating this saucey dish!
Chose from the “tokusei katsudon” which contains seven slices, the “mini katsudon” with three slices, and the “hirekatsudon” with tender and less fatty meat.
You can also choose a simple tonkatsu set or katsu curry.


  • The birthplace of Niigata’s famous tarekatsudon.
  • Selected as a Bib Gourmand Restaurant in the Special Edition Michelin Guide Niigata 2020.
  • This popular spot often sees long lines, so be sure to plan for extra waiting times (not available for reservations).
  • Frozen tonkatsu and special tare sauce sets available via online store.


  • Katsudon


  • Katsu curry

    Katsu curry

  • Tonkatsu set

    Tonkatsu set


  • 孫佳玲

    這猪排 看起來平凡無奇,但吃下去之後,酥脆多汁口感,真的很值得,也有冷凍購買回家自己料理。愛吃猪排的人,千萬不可錯過。

  • Risa Lee



Name in Japanese
Postal Code
6-973, Furumachidori, Chuo-ku, Niigata City, Niigata
Open hours
Lunch 11:30 am- 2:30 pm, Dinner 5:00 pm to until the end of stock
Thursday and the third Wednesday night
1,000-2,000 yen
Approx. 6 minutes by taxi from Niigata Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen Line. Alternatively, from Niigata Station take the B10 Line bus 10 minutes to Furumachi and walk approx. 3 minutes.
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Official Website (Japanese)