The Place Beef tonkatsu in Singapore? I was excited to find out about Ginza Kushi-Katsu, a two months old restaurant which opened at the basement of Paragon mall in Orchard Road. With a seating capacity of less than fifty, the relatively small restaurant is semi-open concept and specialises in beef tonkatsu, supposedly the first of its kind in Singapore.
The Food Ginza Kushi-Katsu prides itself in using premium beef, where the meat is deep fried for only 60 seconds at 210°C, sufficient for the texture of the beef cutlet to be crispy yet retaining the medium-rare flavour.
I had the Australia Beef Fillet Gyu-Katsu ($34.80 for set – 180g), where the set comes with rice, miso soup and a dessert. The crust of the cutlet is nothing like what I will get in Japan, as it was simply not crispy enough. The quality of the beef was decent, but do not come expecting the most tender flavour.
For me, the excitement of dining in Ginza Kushi-Katsu is that you are able to customise the done-ness of your beef every table is provided a hot grill. Simply place your beef cutlet on the grill, and within seconds it will become medium or well-done, not that I will recommend a well-done texture.
We also tried the Homemade Demi Glace Sauce Omu Rice ($16.80), which was a hearty combination of pork and beef slices, generously drenched in the sauce. There is something very comforting about egg omelette rice.
Other than the signature Gyu-Katsu or beef cutlet, there is also a wide variety of Kushi-Katsu, deep fried Japanese skewered meat & vegetables. You can even have the option of having the Kushi-Katsu with cheese fondue and other sauces!
Rants Be prepared to smell a little due to the grill, which can be quite redundant if you only have your meats medium-rare.
Will I Return Again? I left feeling slightly disappointed as the quality of the beef cutlets here did not live up to my expectations. That said, beggars can’t be choosers. This is afterall, the only restaurant in Singapore offering beef tonkatsu at the moment, which is a pity as it is potentially a very good selling angle. The Omu Rice was much better.
Taste bud: 3/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 2.5/5
290 Orchard Road
Paragon Mall, #B1-47
Monday to Sunday: 11.30 to 10pm
Ranted by The Ranter