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Butagumi – Tonkatsu at its Finest

Craving for some really good, juicy, melt in your mouth tonkatsu and don’t mind taking a light blow to your wallet?  This is one place that will blow your mind, or atleast it did for me.  This small traditional Japanese shop at the corner in Nishi-Azubu is well known for their amazing tonkatsu.  They serve premium cuts of pork of your choice.  The staff may not speak English but an English menu is available.



I ordered the Deluxe Sirloin Set at lunch time for 2000 yen.  It takes about 10~15 minutes for your food to come so sit back, relax, and enjoy the atmosphere.

Any set you order will come with a side of Miso Soup, salad, rice, and pickeled vegetables.  The Miso soup was made from a darker miso with clams.  The taste was fairly refined.  The salad and rice is refillable as much as you want.  On the table, you are provided with basic tonkatsu sauce, mustard, citrus salad sauce and pepper.

When trying out the meat, the first bite makes you fall in love.  The perfect crispy texture on the outside into the moist and tender meat on the inside gives you the perfect sensation in your mouth.  Eating the fatty parts with rice and tipping the meaty parts with tonkatsu sauce makes the whole dish an amazing experience.

The meat is amazingly tender and juicy.  None of it was hard or tough to chew.  You can see for yourself from the pictures.

My Rating: This is probably the best Tonkatsu I have had in Japan so far.  9/10.  It is not needed but more variety of sauces would be nice.

About a 12 minute walk from Roppongi Station
2 Chome-24-9 Nishiazabu, Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 106-0031


There are plenty of seats at this restaurant.  Although if you are in a larger group, you may want to make a reservation.

Open Tuesday~Sunday 11:30~14:00 and 18:00~22:00.  Closed Mondays (Tuesday if Monday was a holiday)

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