With two locations (one on Yonge between Finch and Steeles), Katsuya services Japanese comfort food such as tonkatsu. We were invited for a private tasting at their then newly-opened downtown location.
They pride on making sauces and the breading in-house for the pork, chicken and fish for their katsu.
We started with Cheese Crabmeat Croquette ($6.00) and Takoyaki ($5.75). Unfortunately, I did not try the croquettes because it had cheese. The takoyaki was decent; it had a crunchy exterior from the use of panko.
I chose to try their original sauce because it is one of their specialty. It is light and on the sweet, tangy side. Jeff had their Curry Katsu and immediately loved it. It is a bit sweet and not too overpowering. It’s not as flavourful as Kaiju, but it’s light. The winner however is the pork cutlet, it is crispy, yet not too oily and tender on the inside. Also, the sauce for the cabbage is so good; it is some soy, sesame sauce they have on the table.
We came back on a separate (non-complimentary) visit for dinner and I had the Tender Pork Curry Katsu. Definitely hit the spot.
For less than $20, you get a decent portion of food. It’s a good spot for Ryerson students (but on the student budget, it may be a treat meal). Also, they offer unlimited rice, miso soup and cabbage.
Disclaimer: While the food and beverage was complimentary, the opinions expressed in this post are my own.
66 Gerrard St. East, Unit 100