I feel like I’ve had a bit of a tonkatsu renaissance of late, having been lucky enough to visit Japan and visit some top tonkatsu restaurants around the world. Closer to home, we have Melbourne’s second katsu specialist restaurant: Kyodai Katsu in Carnegie.
One of my absolute favourite chicken katsu curries in London, in one of the most surprising venues. Actually it’s a really strange mix at Cafe Shelley’s. It’s a sandwich bar, doing Turkish-type wraps, salads and jacket potatoes. Not other Japanese foods in sight. Rumour has […]
The only downside of working in a spot like Aldgate, is that the (near) lunch options aren’t that numerous. As such, I find myself clinging to the places that are the most reliable and the most efficient. When it comes to canteen-style Japanese cuisine that pick is Japanese Canteen.
My jaw dropped when I saw the size of the Eat Tokyo Soho katsu curry of my neighbour. £9 gets you an insanely large bowl with surely what must be a kilo of rice, curry and what, five individual breasts of chicken? It’s all so overwhelming […]
My new work in Whitechapel might not have any Wasabi or Itsus around, but we do have an Abokado. The way I see it, they’re all relatively similar, operating in the same pseudo-Japanese quick takeaway angle. The prices all seem the same and the menu […]
You can never know for sure, but although I had another decent meal at another Eat Tokyo, my stomach was feeling worse for wear afterwards. I’ve been to exactly one other branch of this chain and the game here is the same. Cheap, fast, fuss-free Japanese cuisine in the heart of London. The menu at Eat Tokyo is always mammoth, but I ended up wanting to get the bento box again.
Despite my internal protests, part of me is magnetised to Wagamama‘s. I end up eating there more than I realise. My big brother was visiting me from all the way from Aucks, and for whatever reason, it was the choice of location for our first […]
Love it or hate it, Wagamama has always had a special place in my heart. It was my first job in hospitality (that wasn’t family-owned!). Also it introduced me to Japanese cuisine (albeit, not super proper). In a way for a lot of Brits, it […]
From the same family of Don Don and Don Too, comes Don Tojo, perfectly placed in the studenty hub of Carlton. If you’re not familiar with any of these words, the sweet essence of these restaurants are that they offer super delicious Japanese food, on the cheap, lightning fast. And it doesn’t get any cheaper than this. The teriyaki chicken don is $7.40 and the tofu curry don is $6.50. The portions are great value and it’s an easy cheap eat to recommend. The curry here is a bit more watery than the chunky style I like, but the pickles are good and the flavour is right. Sometimes the chicken and beef doesn’t taste of the best quality, but hey, look at the savings.
Duncan went with the teriyaki chicken don, although I have had this one before on other occasions. Well, I think I’ve had most of the menu really. The only slight difference with Don Don was that the food wasn’t instantaneous with a few minutes delay which isn’t a dampener by any means. The sauce in the teriyaki chicken is pleasant and plentiful, and you do get a heap of chicken, although it sometimes has that weird chewiness.
I went with the curry with grilled tofu option. I quite liked the curry sauce here, as I always have. I did think the two triangles of tofu are a little boring and lacking in the end. I’d rather the sukiyaki beef or teriyaki chicken which are also options for the curry. The sauce has a good level of savoury spice and goes great with the pickles and the rice.
Don’t worry, I did get a share of meat in the karage chicken. This only came for only $5.80. But I can’t say I enjoyed this too much. The pieces weren’t quite proper chickeny pieces and the flavour was quite lacking. It was fine dipped in the curry sauce but otherwise would have benefitted from some spice, mayo or salt. There was a katsu curry option that was sold out at the time of our visit, would have loved to have checked that out. Still lots of praise for a place that can deliver quality and speed for less than eight dollars so that justifies a slightly better rating.