Budget-friendly, belly-happy food.
The term hidden gem is thrown about the internet all the time. We get it, you didn’t know it was there but others do. This was a hidden gem for us as we don’t live in Kyoto and stumbled across it. Little did we know that it is one of the places to go to for some of the best Tonkatsu in Japan. So good, even Michelin rates it as a place worth going to. Don’t let the love from Michelin make you think it is expensive, this is budget food in Kyoto.
What we ate
A hot day in Kyoto means a beer and a glass of water, plus a towel to refresh ourselves with. Two of the set lunches for us, at 650 yen each (at our time of visiting). Some soup, crispy pork cutlet on top of some cabbage, pickles, and coleslaw.
This other set lunch had rice instead of cabbage as well as some tomato and tofu.
For £4 (at the time) this was a superb lunchtime deal. A hot lunch, freshly cooked and a seat in a real, neighbourhood restaurant. Add this to your to-do list now 🙂
Lunch: 11:30 am – 2 pm, Dinner: 5 pm – 8:30 pm
Tonkatsu Ichiban, 403 teppocho, Kyoto