The highest reputation as tonkatsu restaurant in Japan
The resaon that I had breakfast by myself that day is this tonkatsu restaurant.
Tonkatsu Manje have the highest reputation as tonkatsu restaurant in Japan now.
It stand along the street not so far from Yao station. It takes about 5 minutes walk from the northern gate of Yao station.
They are open from 11:30 a.m.,
And they put reservation sheet in front of the shop at 9:00 a.m. and visitors write own name on the sheet.
My friend came here early in the morning and tried to reserve our seats.
I got up late and had breakfat at kissaten slowly while he was about to get to there …
At first, he said to me that I should arrive at 11 a.m., but when he got to Tonkatsu Manje past 9 a.m., much names were already on the sheet and we couldn’t take the seats just after the opening time.
So he mailed to me that I should arrived at the station at noon.
I heard he killed his time in the manga cafe and slept until I got to the station.
Fortunately, as soon as we got to the restaurant, our name was called and the waitress took us to the counter seats. It was 10 minutes before noon.
Yao is calm town. But I was so surprised that too many people gathering and waiting in front of the restaurant.
Manje have 13 counter seats only. It’s narrow.
The chef trained at French foods restaurant in the hotel and made good use of that experience in his tonkatsu.
Salt and sauce could be chosen from two each, so we could order everything and shared.
Salt – Black charcoal salt, White truffle salt
Sauce – Pork cutlet sauce, Original sauce
After we finished order, at first, our salt was served. I was so surprised because our salt was served on such a large plate. And the plate was warm.
I had no idea what to do because those dishes occupied my table.
After a while our tonkatsu was served.
My tonkatsu, Hyuga Aji-Buta pork tonkatsu (日向あじ豚, 1640 yen)
Hyuga Aji-Buta pork is branded pork in Miyazaki. I didn’t know its name at all.
It is said that the meat is white and sweet.
The pork was not too fat and easy to eat. I like this degree of fat.
e could eat these tonkatsu with salt, with sauce, with olive oil and with mustard.
We enjoyed many ways of eating tonkatsu !
But. Umm. Hard to eat ! My tonkatsu is distant !
He ordered Tokyo X and deluxe fillet cutlet (TOKYO Xと特上ヘレカツ, 3400 yen)
Tokyo X is mixed pork (Beijin black pork, English black pork and durock)
According to the homepage for foodies (like Yelp in Japan), this is the most popular tonkatsu restaurant in Japan. But I didn’t think so. Certainly it was good, but Narikura was far the better. Of course, I recommend this Tonkatsu Manje when you visit Osaka, but if you have a chance to visit Tokyo, I wish you try Narikura’s tonkatsu by all means.
About Tonkatsu Manje (とんかつマンジェ)
Address / 2-3-22 Yokoen, Yao-shi, Osaka
Station / Yao station (JR, Kintetsu)
Open / 11:30 – 14:00, 17:00 – 21:00
Close / Mondays (In case of national holiday it is open and the next day is closed) , 2nd and 3rd Tuesdays