T and I were supposed to go to Tagaytay after our trek to Taal Volcano (read my blog post about my post-birthday trip to Taal Volcano) to eat but we missed the turn to Tagaytay and ended up going straight to SLEX. We exited at Sta Rosa so we could have an early dinner at Tonkatsu by Terazawa in Solenad 1.
Tonkatsu is from the Bistro Group of Companies who brought us family favorites such as Friday's and Italianni's. Pig Out, the restaurant which used to be located here, is also part of the Bistro Group.
I like the little Japanese lanterns hanging from the ceiling.
Since the name of the restaurant is Tonkatsu, I assume that their specialty is just that. I got the Tokusen Kurobuta Rosu Katsu Set (P595/$13.22+SC) which comes with Premium deep fried black pork loin with refillable shredded cabbage, tonjiru (miso soup with pork) and choice of Japanese rice or brown rice.
They say kurobuta or "black hog" pork comes from the pure oriental strains of Black Berkshire, found in Japan and is regarded as the finest quality of pork in the world.
However, when I bit into it, it wasn't as soft as I thought it would be. There are parts that are hard to chew and a bit gummy. It isn't the melt-in-your-mouth kind of katsu.
There's a sign on the table on "How to Enjoy Your Tonkatsu".
These are the side dishes which are refillable.
T got the Pork Katsudon Set (P395/$8.75+SC) which has deep fried pork loin topped with egg and special sauce. It also comes with shredded cabbage, tonjiru (miso soup with pork) and choice of Japanese rice or brown rice.
T also got the option of Black Spanish Iberico Katsu which is the finest black iberico pork from Spain with a delicate, nutty and melt-in-your-mouth marbling. This is a bit softer than my katsu.
Bistro Card holders get free coffee or tea.
Friendly manager and staff.
It's part of the Bistro Group of Companies so if you have a Bistro card, you get a discount plus free tea or coffee.
Refillable shredded cabbage, soup, and rice.
Option of brown rice instead of Japanese rice.
The katsu I got was not as good as I expected it to be, no "melt-in-your-mouth mmmm" moment.
It's worth a try if you're in the area but just so you have an idea, T said he likes Yabu more than Tonkatsu but Tonkatsu more than Saboten.
Tonkatsu by Terazawa
Dining Date: 24 May 2014
Sta Rosa, Laguna