Mr Tonkatsu, Harbord Village, Toronto
If you didn’t already know what tonkatsu is, it’s a deep fried pork cutlet served with shredded raw cabbage, sweet sauce, and rice. And if you want a most excellent one check out Mr Tonkatsu on Bloor Street West. I had a quaint evening exploring the Annex area and we ended up checking out this venue for dinner. I craved something Japanese, and there’s some proper authenticity here. Mr Tonkatsu is fighting the good fight to get this dish more popularity in an already busy food scene. Hours are late, prices are low and the quality is very high. The panko crumbs are homemade and the set meals are pristinely presented with a stomach stretching set of sides.
$14.50 gets you one of the Pork loin katsu sets, which includes a bowl of soba, miso, pickles, rice, salad, sauce and the glorious katsu itself. The latter gets presented on a metal griddle so its crispness and flakiness is preserved to the last bite. The soba has a surprising spicy kick to it, and the fried pork is tender and not dry. You get plenty of everything, and the tonkatsu sauce adds a savoury sweetness to the cut. The DIY ground sesame is a nice personal touch, and the service along the way was just as personable. A fantastic little place for some fried heaven.