A long while back, I noticed Butaya had
open in Richmond when I was visiting True’s Tea on Alexandra Road, but I never
took the time to go there. I was excited
to see a tonkatsu place had popped up since there weren’t any other specialty
shops back then (now there’s Saboten too)! I went to a tonkatsu specialty restaurant in Tokyo a while back and wanted to relive that here. They pride themselves as the first in the
The first combo we ordered was the pork loin tonkatsu ($9.99). Although a bit more expensive than Saboten, this one was much bigger than the cutlet from the food court comparative. Mind you, Saboten didn’t have a miso soup or dessert, nor was it served on real tableware or with real cutlery.
The other combo we shared was the breaded pork rolls with asparagus ($10.99), which is asparagus wrapped with seaweed, thin slices of pork, covered with panko and fried. This has always been something that I’ve always wanted to try, just because it sounds so amazing. It reminds me of bacon-wrapped-anything.
Indeed, the asparagus didn’t touch the oil in any way since it still retained its moisture quite well. And the pork slices were indeed quite thin – enough to be negligible. It kind of felt like I was eating just the outer panko layer with asparagus. I preferred the loin more.
It also turns out that each combo came with a tiny scoop of vanilla ice cream!