Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Tonkatsu By Wa Kitchen

Pavilion's sixth floor has seen recent rumblings of a gastronomic renaissance. The latest entry, Tonkatsu, takes over the location that housed Italian on Sixth and Caffe Vivo.

As this modest outlet's moniker indicates, deep-fried pork cutlets are the reason to head here. Succulent slices of beautifully breaded meat, free from oil stains. Customers can order both pork fillet (hire katsu) & loin (rosu katsu).

Ebi furai is available too (as well as fried chicken cutlets & oysters). Irreproachably crisp prawns, served with their heads intact for merry munching.

Pan-sauteed pork belly with ginger sauce. Tonkatsu keeps its menu fairly focused, so there's no sushi, ramen, yakitori or many of the recipes that other Japanese outlets offer.

Double-boiled pork belly soup. Tasty, but costs RM16++ for a small bowl.

Set meals for the tonkatsu cost around RM30 (inclusive of tax and service charge), with traditional side dishes of miso soup, rice, tofu & pickled veggies to stuff us silly.

Complimentary lavender ice cream. An ethereal, floral-scented dessert that tastes healthy! Deceptively so, we fear (since eating here is certainly not for the calorie-conscious).

Ozeki Kinkan (RM18++ for 140ml), on a short list of sake and Japanese beers.

Chilean wines: Vina Cono Sur Tocornal Merlot & Chardonnay (RM26++).

Hot tea is free. Wheeeee! (Or maybe they forgot to charge us)

Tonkatsu By Wa Kitchen
Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2144-2992
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30 comments:

  1. I've never eaten lavender ice cream. Those pork cutlets look to-die-for! *hungry*

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  2. Bangsar-babe: oh yeah, it's an interesting ice cream flavor, though part of me kinda feels like it's a cross between air freshener and dishwashing liquid! :D I usually don't order Tonkatsu, but I'm glad the ones here tasted really good =)

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  3. At last...will try sometime this week...

    Thanx for d heads up! :D

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  4. Did somebody say Pork Tonkatsu? I'm so there! *zzzzipppppps away*

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  5. Oh yay! It's open. It caught my eye the last time I was in Pav - luv porky Jap food. :) :)
    (Or more like: LUV PORK!)

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  6. Ulric: no prob, hope u enjoy it! yeah, been waiting patiently since February for it to open ... Even Ben's next door finally opened first! =)
    Qwazymonkey: oooh, u might also like some of the other stuff on their menu. there's also that sweet braised pork belly (buta kakuni) that other restaurants put into ramen dishes :D
    J: yaaa, not too many outlets on this floor serve pork. I guess the only ones are the chinese restaurants (pao Xiang bak kut teh, Din tai fung and grand palace)...

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  7. You drinking wine again in the blazing afternoon arrr.. tsk tsk:P eh, too much deep fried food for me la, nanti sore throat:P

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  8. Ciki: chilled wine is perfect for a hot afternoon! too bad no prosecco or champagne here :D ya, I'm usually not into deep-fried/breaded food either, but the recipes here are a pleasant surprise. Not sickeningly greasy :D

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  9. Their chairs so similar to the ones in Ben's KLCC! Lavender icecream sounds good after some of that pork belly soup.. :)

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  10. baby sumo: heheh, maybe mass-produced chairs specially for restaurants? they look not-too-expensive and they're reasonably comfortable :D oh, there's also the usual green tea ice cream served here =)

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  11. Didn't notice they serve pork when I was lingering outside the restaurant looking at their banners. The deep-fried pork cutlets look gorgeous! Gonna try them next time.

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  12. chong: yeah, thank goodness they serve pork! that does feel like the main attraction here. am glad they offer booze too, heh =)

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  13. hey i was looking back at your old posts about Lafite. Anything new recently? Will be there this thurs and any must-try?

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  14. Eiling: oops, no idea, sorry. It's been several months already since my last visit, so they might already have updated their menu since then. Hope u have a great meal! :D

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  15. Hey...tried their Pork Rosu Zen set...

    The Pork Loin was juicy with a nice batter...and as expected, not oily at all... :D

    But complimentary desert tat day was only cut watermelon...no ice-cream... :(

    Confirm green tea is free...:D

    Thanx again...

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  16. ulric: sounds like you had a satisfactory meal with the pork cutlets! am glad to hear that. :D yeah, the lavender ice cream is actually on their a la carte menu, so we were pleasantly surprised when they presented it to us for free :D

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  17. looking forward to the 'cross between air freshener and dishwashing liquid' :)

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  18. bala: heh, hope u find it pleasant (i'd say there's a scent of clean country air in there too) :D

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  19. Hahah.. I felt the exact same way abt Lavender!
    Was in Aussie, had lavendar ice cream, lavendar scones with lavender jam. Could barely managed 2 bites of each ;p

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  20. Tng: lavender scones and jam sound very very weird but very very interesting! I'd actually like to try that (though ya, I'm not sure I'd love it either, heh)

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  21. Was there yesterday and in porky heaven... I like how focused they are.

    Me loves lavender ice-cream, simply divine. :)

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  22. lfb: i wanna return, cos i forgot to ground up the sesame seeds to use for the tonkatsu sauce! argh! :D

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  23. Jom go together? It has a limited menu but I do like my porky cutlets! :D

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  24. lfb: actually hor, for our next dinner (which is kinda overdue already lah), i was thinking: would you like to cook? if you're willing to whip up some of your famous soup and stews at home one evening, i could bring a bottle of wine to pair with your culinary creations. that is, if you dare allow a budding cannibal into your abode. if not, then it's ok, we go hunt for pork outside :D

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  25. Haha, a budding cannibal... are you sure you haven't succumbed to your cannibalistic cravings already? :P

    And since I'm so lazy of late, I vote us hunting for pork... :D

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  26. lfb: nope, my search for someone to sell me a slice of his/her thigh has not yielded any satisfaction so far. this is worse than king arthur's quest for the holy grail :D and to show how efficient we are, we already know where we'll be heading for pork :P

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  27. went twice in a week last week. must say it's comparable to the better ones I've tasted in Japan. there were quite a few Japanese eating here as well.
    not too oily and very focused with the menu.

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  28. jeffrey: glad to hear you liked it! =D

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  29. i just went only... i love their salad dressing more than the katsu...but Katsu were good but no as much as their balsamic salad dressing..

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  30. Cindy: ooh, good to hear you enjoyed the salad dressing =)

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