A Tonkatsu restaurant located in the suburbs of Nagoya was featured in the 2019 edition of the Michelin Guide Aichi/Gifu/Mie that specializes in the Chukyo area. Although it's located in a quiet residential area where transportation is inconvenient, it's so popular...
Tonkatsu Asakura | Michelin-listed stores in the suburbs of Nagoya... Is it normal to wait for 1 hours for each tonkatsu?
When we arrived at Tonkatsu Asakura at 10:4 pm, 50 minutes before the store opened, there were already about 20 customers lined up in front of the store. To tell you the truth, I was a little alert on that day, and I came straight without doing any research, so I was a little disappointed when I saw this line of people.
However, since there are 20 people in front...
Even if you miss the first round of entry, you should be able to enter the second round immediately. Well, I'll put in an hour without waiting...
I calculated it in my head and waited as it was. However, at that time, I didn't even imagine the slightest possibility that the prediction would be greatly disappointing and it would hit big eyes...
Tonkatsu Asakura The big blunder I did when visiting the store: The startling waiting time from opening time to entering the store...
At 5 o'clock in the evening when the store opened, customers were entering the store from the beginning and I was heading towards the front of the line. At the corner of the store, the movement of the line stopped suddenly, and I knew that the store was full.
Immediately after that, the clerk comes out with the memo in his hand and starts to talk to the customer in front of him. But is it a pre-order? I wonder if that customer will go somewhere after the talk.
The clerk came to the person in front of me when I started thinking that it was a little different. When I was listening by my side, at that pointWaiting time is 2 hoursWhen…
To be honest, I was stunned. Because,There were really only 20 peopleIt is. Since it is not possible to make a reservation, there should be no customers waiting, so it is strange that this waiting time should occur. If you waited for 2 hours, it would be near midnight to eat a tonkatsu and go home...
For a moment, I gave up on that day and tried to revisit another day, but it is about an hour away from this shop, Nagoya Station. After all, it's tough to come to the store again, so I managed to stop and accept the two-hour wait. There was a starbucks in the immediate vicinity, which was really helpful.
Why are you waiting so long? The reason is that the owner carefully fries the pork cutlet. I didn't fry a large number of cutlets together for the sake of efficiency, but the number of cutlets that I could fry at one time was large and at most one table. The owner takes care of everything from hitting the meat one by one and spreading it, putting the clothes around and putting it in oil, picking up the cutlet and cutting and serving.
It will take time... But not just the owner, but all the staff members did their work urgently and politely. The shop is also clean, and it has a very good impression. The special roast pork cutlet was sold out within 2 hours from the opening, but I'm glad that the loin and fins still remained.
Tonkatsu Asakura single item menu (price includes tax)
- Kimagure skewered fried (kneaded green miso into home-made minced meat) 850 yen
- Kushi cutlet (using fillet) 850 yen
- Homemade cream croquette (tomato sauce) 1150 yen
- Bite pork cutlet (using loin meat) 1150 yen
- Selected loin pork cutlet 1400 yen
- Selected fin pork cutlet 1600 yen
- Special roast pork cutlet 1800 yen
The set meal with small bowl, pickles, red soup, rice and dessert is 500 yen each. You can change the rice and cabbage once at the same price.
Selected Tonkatsu Set Meal: Thin garments and elastic tender meat, from which the umami of the meat gradually emerges... At that time, I was regretful
However, even though I waited for 2 hours outside (plus, about 30 minutes from entering the store to serving the dishes), if the tonkatsu is not delicious, it is a fall at the end of the book. Let's check it strictly. The order was "Selected fin tonkatsu set meal (price: 2100 yen)"...
A large serving of rice, red broth, dried daikon radish, and pickles, centered around the fin in the center. From the left are homemade pork cutlet sauce, rock salt, rice sprinkles, and mustard. Frankly, the fins are small, and since you only have to change rice and cabbage once, it seems that the desire of people who want to eat a full stomach is unlikely to be satisfied.
But look at the cross section of this meat. Stunning pink color. Also, it is not that the heat is flowing only on the surface and the center is not raw, but the outside and inside are evenly pink. You can also see that the batter that wraps the meat is very thin, right? Intuitively, I feel that I'm not an ordinary person.
In fact, when you put a little sauce and put it in your mouth, the elasticity of the tenderloin is transmitted straight to your teeth. Normally, you can't enjoy the texture of meat without breaking through the crispy fried batter, but this tonkatsu is the meat's elasticity! It feels like the clothing is crisp as a supporting role to the extent that it does not interfere with it.
Every time I chewed, the succulent juice, which had no offensive taste, overflowed. And...
I should have ordered an additional roast pork cutlet...
I had severe regrets.
Now, let's talk about the seasoning. Homemade tonkatsu sauce, rock salt and mustard are served on the table by default. In addition to this, you can also enjoy two types of homemade miso sauce (+100 yen) and grated sudachi (+160 yen) for an additional charge.
But to be clear, I think it's a waste. Homemade sauces with sweet flavors are also good, but first try adding rock salt and eating. When you lick this rock salt, it will be calm at first and the salt will come into play later. When you sprinkle this on a fin cutlet and eat it, the gravy will come out first, and the salt will come into play in the latter half, which will give you a wonderful combination.
I don't know where this rock salt is, but I'm really into it. When I find it, I want to buy it and go home. I am sure that it will have a presence as a supporting role in other dishes.
After this, desserts came out, and it was around 8pm when I finished eating and left the restaurant. As expected, I got on the Shinkansen and arrived at home around 11am. The waiting time was quite long, but when I finished eating, I really felt that it was worth waiting for 2 hours.
It's tough to go on a day trip, but I'll come again if I have a business stay in Nagoya. If you have such an opportunity, please try Asakura's tonkatsu.
Since it is not possible to make a reservation, it is advisable to visit the restaurant before opening. To access Tonkatsu Asakura, transfer to the city bus from the nearest station on the Nagoya Municipal Subway Sakuradori Line/Aioiyama Station and get off at the Takinomizu Park bus stop.
One last note. Tonkatsu Asakura cannot be reserved, so it is recommended that you come to the store early before it opens. If you come by car, there is no coin parking around, so be aware that there is a high risk when the parking lot of the store is full ...
Then, it is the details of the shop. Click here for store data...
Address: 1-809 Takinomizu, Midori-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi El Patio Takinomizu 1st floor
Telephone number: 052-896-1732(Reservations not accepted)
Business hours: 17: 00-21: 00 (finished as soon as sold out)
Regular holiday: Monday, Tuesday
Parking lot: There are 3 cars next to the building
Credit card payment: No (cash payment only)