Tonkatsu Wako is a chain restaurant in Japan, specializing in とんかつ (tonktasu); a breaded and fried pork cutlet, often served with cabbage and miso soup. We had lunch at their Shinjuku location on our way to Yokohoma, on 20th March 2020.
We got a crab cream croquette and 2 chicken croquettes to share as an entree. The meat was soooo tender and juicy, like holy fek. The Japanese know what they're doing with their meats. Each piece of meat was perfectly capsulated in a thin layer of light, non-oily, crispy batter. And the cheesy cream filling in the crab croquette was appetizing, adding a buttery element to the already perfect piece of tempura.
I ordered the kaki warasemase, which was a fried prawn, two fried pork cutlets and 3 fried oysters. It was delicious! The tempura prawn was juicy and full of flavour inside the crispy bread crumb batter. The oysters were not overwhelming in odour and still had a creamy texture despite being boiled and fried. The accompanied miso soup was very savoury with small bits of clams.
Aaron ordered the rosuatsu nabe gohan, which was a freshly fried pork cutlet cooked in soy sauce, flavoured soup and an egg. It arrived with two salads and a bowl of rice. The soup was nice to slurp down, with the fluffy egg pieces encasing the pork with a moderate umami and sweet flavour. We loved it.
The service was absolutely exceptional but that is to be expected of Japan. We had a great time and will definitely go back during our next visit.
Until then, happy eating!