The day we arrived in Tokyo was my birthday! ♡(。- ω -) So after reaching our hotel, we started researching for a good restaurant near our hotel to dine at for my birthday. And that was when we decided to dine at Takashimaya Shinjuku, which was a 10-minute walk from our hotel and found Katsukura. ☆ミ(o*・ω・)ノ

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Journey to Katsukura Takashimaya Shinjuku

It was our first time in Japan, and we did not realise that shops in Japan close really early. I mean, in comparison to our shops in Singapore that close usually around 9.30 PM, shops in Japan apparently close around 8.30 PM. We didn’t know at first until we reached Takashimaya and realised the building was so quiet! (⊙_⊙) Luckily, we weren’t there to shop, and restaurants located in Takashimaya were open until 11.00 PM. Phew.

After giving the row of restaurants a quick walk-around, we decided to settle with Katsukura (かつくら). I don’t exactly remember how we came to this decision since it has been quite some time before I wrote this blog post. Also, I was starting to have a sore throat, so I was not in the mood to make much of a decision back then. Talking about a lousy birthday! (´-ω-`)

Always Happy to Have an English Menu!

Before taking our seats at Katsukura, the service staff asked if we wanted an English menu, probably sensing that we were tourists. (´・ᴗ・ ` ) Of course, we said yes to that! We were always very grateful to have an English menu as it makes ordering much easier. (´ ∀ ` *)

Anyway, I was doing some self-studying on the Japanese language back then, so I was very excited to try to read Japanese menus. But sadly, I was still not that good at remembering the Japanese characters. Haha! So an English menu was really very much welcomed. Even now, I would still very much prefer an English menu. (´• ω •`)

Learning the Japanese Way to Having Tonkatsu

We both ordered the Large Prawn Cutlet and Pork Tenderloin Cutlet set meal. After the staff took our order, she asked if we wanted some shredded cabbage. Since the lady serving us was Japanese, there was some funny moment when we were trying to understand each other. (´ ∀ ` *)

When the service staff served us our tofu and sesame with a grind, she tried to teach us how to mix the ground sesame with the sauces on the table. Due to some communication barriers, the best way to communicate was to use sign language. Haha! (´• ω •`) Being in Japan was fun, even though there was a language barrier. This additional challenge made the trip so much more memorable for us than all the other trips that we had.

Anyway, we were supposed to grind the sesame to our preferred consistency. After that was done, we would pour in one of the sauces on the table to mix with the ground sesame, forming a sauce for our katsu. ( ´ ∀ ` )ノ

Overall Experience at Katsukura Takashimaya Shinjuku

Both the prawn and pork tenderloin cutlets were amazingly delicious. The crunch on the outside was on point. Dipping them into the sesame sauce that we made helps to elevate the flavours even more. This just makes it even more appetising to have more rice to go with everything.

This was our first time having katsu in such a manner, where there was free-flow shredded cabbage, rice and soup. The tonkatsu space in Singapore was not as developed back then, and hence, this experience in Japan made us miss it a lot. When Saboten came to Singapore, it reminded us of our experience at Katsukura Shinjuku. But I somehow always think food just tastes better in Japan. (´・ᴗ・ ` ) Anyway, if you are looking for a good katsu restaurant to visit, I highly recommend Katsukura! (ღ˘⌣˘ღ)

Information on Katsukura (かつくら)

KATSUKURA

⏰ Opening Hours: 11 AM – 8 PM
☎️ Phone Number: +8 13 5361 1878
📒 Menu: Link HERE

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