Katsura is a restaurant specializing in tonkatsu. There are multiple branches in Kyoto. I went to the Shijo Teramachi branch. There is counter seating on the top floor and table seating on the lower floor.
Katsukura prides itself on using high-quality pork and ingredients.
There are three categories of zen sets (Sangen pork tonkatsu, tonkatsu, and assorted) and an a la carte option on the menu. All pork zen sets come in 3 sizes (80g, 120g, and 160g), and each zen set comes with barley rice and miso soup.
There are 3 pots of sauce on each table. I was given a bowl of white sesame seeds, which I had to grind with the given wooden pestle before adding the desired sauce, and an information sheet of each sauce. One pot contains the yuzu (citrus) dressing for the shredded cabbage, and the other two pots contain two kinds of tonkatsu sauce, one milder and the other stronger.
I ordered the Sangen pork premium loin cutlet zen-set. It cost 1,300 yen for the 80g cutlet. The pork was crispy and fluffy on the outside and succulent on the inside. The pork itself had a natural sweetness to it, and it did not have the so-called “pork” taste. The tonkatsu sauce accentuated the taste of the pork, giving it a lovely sweet flavor. It was delicious! The 80g size was perfect for me.
The shredded cabbage with the yuzu dressing was refreshing and perfect for the deep-fried dish.
The rice, cabbage, and soup are unlimited, so you can ask for as many refills.
If you are looking for a good Tonkatsu place with good quality pork in Kyoto, I highly recommend this place.
Katsukura Shijo Teramachi
Opening hours: 11am to 10pm (Monday to Sunday)
Telephone: +81 75-221-5261
Address: 604-8042 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Nakagyō-ku, Higashidaimonjichō, 寺町通四条上ル