Butagumi | Tonkatsu cuisine | Tokyo | Japan

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Butagumi Heart
Restaurants and bars
Open: Lunch and dinner Tue-Sun
Price: Moderate

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Phone Number: +81 3 5466 6775
Address: 2-24-9 Nishi-Azabu
Minato-ku, 106-0031
Country: Japan

Butagumi is an excellent place to try tonkatsu cuisine in Tokyo. The pork here is chosen with care the coating of the pork products is exceptionally crisp and perfectly cooked and the accompanying rice is the best Koshihikari available from the Niigata prefecture.
After we were seated we were given English menus which listed the cuts of pork available on the day with the least fatty pieces at the top of the page progressing to the fattiest (and hence tastiest) at the bottom.
We ordered some eggplant to start with while they cooked our three chosen pork pieces (all of which come from hand-reared, heritage pig breeds) which were Himuro-Buta from the Gunma prefecture, Kashiwa-Genso from the Chiba prefecture and Tsunan from the Niigata prefecture. Each was cooked perfectly with a lovely golden crust obtained from slow cooking in good-quality sesame oil. The flesh was tender and juicy and the fat had melted to spread umami throughout the dish.
Accompanying the meat was a bowl of shredded cabbage and some tasty pickles.
There is no doubt that this is a meal that every visitor to Tokyo should experience.

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