Ginza Anzu, one of the best tonkatsu restaurants in Singapore, is a farm-to-table eatery originally from Kyushu and well known around Japan and Asia for their delicious and authentic tonkatsu. If you’re familiar with Japanese food, you’ll know that tonkatsu is a deep-fried breaded pork cutlet. Ginza Anzu imports most of their ingredients from Kyushu and sources it’s pork from farms in the US and Canada that maintain the highest levels of hygiene to bring you the freshest pork of the highest quality. They then use their very own unique ageing process to create a world-class pork, namely Ginjo Pork.
Previously located in Wisma Atria but since the end of last year has relocated to it’s new home in Great World, I was invited courtesy of JPassport to try their signature menu which consists of their Ginjo Pork Katsu Set and their Hot Pot Loin Katsu Set, both of which apparently now use
improved recipes. For the Ginjo Pork Katsu Set we were able to choose between two different cuts of Ginjo pork for our tonkatsu – either a lean pork fillet or a fatty pork loin. The set comes with refillable Japanese rice (either white or purple rice) and salad, pickles and miso soup (either miso soup with wakame seaweed or miso soup with pork and vegetables). The set is priced at $38 for the fatty pork loin and $32 for the pork fillet. We chose to try the fatty pork loin tonkatsu and it did not disappoint! With it’s perfectly light and super crunchy breaded exterior, the succulent Ginjo fatty pork practically melts in your mouth as you bite into it. Normal tonkatsu sauce as well as a slightly sweeter version is available on the table to pour over the tonkatsu. This together with roasted sesame seeds which come in a small pestle and mortar so that you can grind them to release the flavour, made one hell of a tasty tonkatsu!
There was also a choice of two salad dressings, either a yuzu dressing or a shiso salad cream. Both were great, had a light flavour and complemented the simple green salad of lettuce, cabbage and peppers well. Pickled daikon and preserved Japanese cucumber and daikon were also served with the meal.
The Japanese rice that comes with the set is made in a traditional Japanese rice cooking pot called an okama which gave perfectly cooked, soft and fluffy rice.
The Hot Pot Loin Katsu Set ($28) also comes with refillable Japanese rice and salad, pickles and miso soup. If you’ve ever had a dish called Katsudon, the Hot Pot Loin Katsu is basically the same except the tonkatsu in the broth comes separate from the rice instead of on top of it. The tonkatsu was made using pork loin and it came in a slightly sweet dashi broth together with onions and beaten egg. Served piping hot and bubbling in the stone bowl, the tonkatsu was still wonderfully crisp as well as juicy, having soaked up some of the delicious broth.
Service at Ginza Anzu was fantastic, the servers were friendly, informative and attentive, never letting our cup of green tea go empty. The restaurant has a casual, laid-back atmosphere with an open kitchen and a huge communal table in the centre as well as tables to accommodate couples and large groups.
Beside their signature menu items, Ginza Anzu have a huge new menu consisting of a range of other sets with deep fried breaded chicken, seafood and of course pork as well as curry, side dishes, kid’s meals and desserts. They also have a $15 set lunch limited to 20 sets per day and if you don’t have time to stop for a meal you can take away a box of tonkatsu sandwiches or deep fried breaded chopped prawn sandwiches.
For more information about Ginza Anzu and their latest promotions, check out the JPassport Ginza Anzu page.
Address: 1 Kim Seng Promenade, #01-174-175 Great World City, Singapore 237994
Tel: 6262 3408
Opening Hours: Daily 11am – 10pm
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