Tokyo Shokudo: Norcross, GA, USA
I have had katsu kare, and then there’s katsu kare. I should have known that Tokyo Shokudo would not fail me. Katsu kare (or curry katsu-don) is a Japanese dish that consists of a panko-fried pork cutlet (katsu) on top of rice (don). Normally, regular don-katsu has Japanese teriyaki sauce drizzled on top and sometimes served with mayo. There’s a little bit of finely sliced lettuce from some restaurants here in the USofA, but in Japan, katsu kare is served like all the other donburi bowls: in a bowl, as is, meat, egg, sauce, and rice.
Tokyo Shokudo comes through again!
The last time I had this dish in Japan was about six years ago, and it was amazing. I realize that this dish is really simple and can even be ordered in vending food courts. This was how I had my first authentic Japanese katsu kare, in a small food centre where I purchased a ticket with the order from a vending machine in Kyoto. Since then, I haven’t found the same hearty flavor here in the US until last night when I asked the owners of Tokyo Shokudo if they could make it for two of my friends.
While I ordered the bento box C (which ended up to be too much for me), I did manage to sneak in a bite of two from my friend Daniel’s plate. Admittedly, I instantly though, I have to come back and order this for lunch! I believe that this dish is only available on the lunch menu. But I do love the owners, and I hope they stay open for one more year so when I return, I can fully abuse their katsu kare option.
Katsu Kare かつかれ (Curry Katsu-don)
- good portions, not oversize for super large eaters
- well flavored: not too salty not too thick
- evenly mixed sauce (not too much spice in one bite and then nothing in the next)
- katsu was not too small or burnt (sometimes happens with using panko).
All in all, a summary:
- Katsu kare: **** (4 stars)
Thanks so much to ともこさん (Ms. Tomoko) for making this dish. I can’t wait to get it again:3631 Peachtree Industrial Blvd
Duluth, GA 30096 (770) 622-1116