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Having a Filling Lunch at Kyoto Katsugyu, a Restaurant Specializing in Beef Cutlets!

Writer : takoyakikun

In Japanese cuisine, the fried breaded pork cutlet called Tonkatsu is famous. Now a beef version of this dish, known as Gyukatsu, has been gaining attention, and a lot of eateries specializing in beef cutlets have appeared recently.
In Osaka's Dojima Chikagai (an underground shopping arcade), there's Kyoto Katsugyu, a restaurant that's always full of customers. I went there to have lunch!

Kyoto Katsugyu's Dojima Chikagai Restaurant
Kyoto Katsugyu's Dojima Chikagai Restaurant

Starting from its namesake city, Kyoto Katsugyu beef cutlet specialty shop has continued to open branches in Japan's major cities, such as Tokyo, Osaka, Aichi and Fukuoka.

The menu is listed in the wall.
The menu is listed in the wall.
The menu with photographs
The menu with photographs

A set menu with miso soup and rice starts from ¥1280.
They also offer dishes such as beef roast cutlets, Japanese Black Wagyu beef sirloin cutlets, and Katsuju, or beef cutlets served on a bed of rice in a stacked lacquer box.

The drink menu
The drink menu
This demonstrates the most delicious way to enjoy beef cutlets
This demonstrates the most delicious way to enjoy beef cutlets

Taste and compare a variety of flavors, such as wasabi soy sauce, Sansho (Japanese pepper) salt, and Wafu (Japanese-style) curry dipping sauce.

I Ordered the Standard Beef Cutlet

Beef roast cutlet Kyo-Tororo-Zen  ¥1380 (130 grams)
Beef roast cutlet Kyo-Tororo-Zen ¥1380 (130 grams)

The beef cutlet is deep-fried at a high temperature for just 1 minute. It's done so fast!

The cleanly cut beef cutlet
The cleanly cut beef cutlet

The cutlet's fragrant aroma whets my appetite.
Made from fine bread crumbs, the panko coating absorbs less oil during deep-frying.

The meat is a beautiful pink
The meat is a beautiful pink

It is cooked medium-rare, just like a steak!
The texture of the thinly-coated cutlet is tender.
If you don’t care for rare meat, ask for it to be well-done when placing your order.

Mugi-meshi
Mugi-meshi

You can have free seconds of mugi-meshi, or boiled barley with rice. It's the perfect match for beef cutlets!

Kyoto's aka-dashi miso soup, made with red dashi stock
Kyoto's aka-dashi miso soup, made with red dashi stock
Wasabi and soy sauce
Wasabi and soy sauce

First, I recommend trying the wasabi and dashi soy sauce.
It's refreshingly delicious! This sauce is excellent at drawing out the umami of the beef!

Sansho pepper and salt
Sansho pepper and salt

The crispy coating is savory, and the flavor of the sansho pepper is invigorating!

The dipping sauce
The dipping sauce

This dipping sauce for beef is full of ground sesame seeds.
The flavors of Worcester sauce and sesame go together very well. They make a rather thick sauce that is exceptionally tasty when eaten with rice.

Wafu curry dipping sauce
Wafu curry dipping sauce
The curry-flavored sauce
The curry-flavored sauce

The curry dipping sauce is full-bodied and mild.

Katsu curry
Katsu curry

Put it on top of your rice, and you can make "katsu" curry! (The word "katsu" is a homophone for "cutlet" and "to win", so it's taken as a sign of good luck for students.)
Here is another culinary masterpiece!

Kyo-Tororo
Kyo-Tororo

Kyo-zuke, or Kyoto-style Japanese pickles, are placed on top of tororo, a dish made of white yams called nagaimo or yamaimo.
It's very nutritious, but those with allergies to such food should take care.

Tororo-gohan
Tororo-gohan

Tororo-gohan is rice topped with tororo grated yam. The crunchy Kyo-zuke pickles, with just the right amount of salt, are a nice accent. It's so delicious!

Everything tastes so good that I never get tired of it until I finish!
With free seconds of mugi-meshi rice, I can fill my stomach! I'm completely satisfied.

Basic Information on Kyoto Katsugyu in Dojima Chikagai

OPEN
Address
Dojima Chikagai 3, Sonezaki Shinchi 1-Chome, Kita-Ku, Osaka[MAP]
Access
3 minutes on foot from Nishi-Umeda Subway Station
Tel
06-6344-3515
Business Hours
11:00 am – 10:00 pm(L.O. 9:30 pm)
Sundays and holidays 11:00 am – 9:00 pm(L.O. 8:30 pm)
Closed
Every 3rd Sunday, The Year-End Holidays
WEB
URL(Japanese)