Sunday, March 24, 2013

とんきち Tonkichi Tonkatsu - (Hong Kong)

  Tonkichi,  opened by the Japanese Pokka Group in Hong Kong,  was one of the first and foremost porkchop Tonkatsu specialist shops in Hong Kong!   After having been eating here for so many years but not once was really impressed enough compared to my experiences in Japan,  anyway after visiting a not bad shop in Taiwan,  I decided to return back and pay for my own meal in 2013 again before giving it another chance or losing hope for the Nth time.  Or may be I am just too picky nowadays?   With half a dozen or more Tonkatsu shops opening up in town at a rate just behind ramen shops,  I did discovered that most shops carry their own ups and downs.   I am the type of person who is more after an overall balanced package!    Tonkichi still remains on my top priority list in HK context,  but places like Tonbe 豚兵衛 or Catuya  かつや are around 1/3rd the price of here and they are actually on par with here in quality.   Where is my incentive to come back somehow?


The Original Tonkichi,  at CWB World Trade Centre -
I can’t remember how many years I have been eating here.  I only know that I must have not eaten here for the last 2 years,  as I never thought highly of it compared to just a run-of-the-mill Tonkatsu or Curry shop within Japan.




Grinded Sesame - tick!
Tonkatsu Sauce – pretty generic compared to the best tonkatsu shops,  no layers beneath at all.
Salad Dressings – quite liked these,  especially the Wasabi salad dressing.




Kagoshima Premium Pork Set – $198  +  Prawn $58
The panko coating is not the elongated shaped one,  but fried to the right color !   The so-called premium Japanese Kagoshima pork was bordering between dry and well-cooked,  let’s give them benefit of the doubt.   The pork taste meanwhile was non-existent.   The Prawn was fried quite well too but also a bit weak in taste,  and where was my prawn head anyway?   ~  6.5/10



Thin,  Bordering on Dry,  Not much Pork Taste -
To me there are better tonkatsus in town in 2013,  but most of them are inconsistent.   I can totally understand why people think 幸子 Anzu in Taiwan is better than all HK Tonkatsu shops.   Over there it is well brined,  moist and thick,  just like how Hong Kongers love it.  But pork taste wise,  I still prefer Genki Ippai 元氣一杯 or Ishiyama 石山 in Hong Kong  (but their panko coating aren’t that great).  



Miso Soup -
Not much depth and not quite miso salty enough,  but about right for Hong Kong standards!  ~  6.9/10




Watermelon -
Fried food are also accompanied by a lot of shredded cabbage and watermelon!   Actually in this aspect I think Tonkichi is doing very well as an overall pacakage.  The sauces are decent enough,  though the rice is a little wet on numerous occasions!   Anyway I am still awaiting for real Japan quality Tonkatsu とんかつ in town seriously !



Price:   Around $300HKD
Ease of Access:  4/5
Food:  ♕♕♕ 1/2 to ♕♕♕♕

Opening Hours:
Mon to Sun -  12:00pm - 15:00pm,  18:00pm - 22:30pm

Address:  Tonkichi 銅鑼灣告士打道280號世貿中心4樓412號鋪
Shop 412, Podium 4, World Trade Centre, 280 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay
Ph:  2577 6617

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