■Enjoy Miso Katsu in Nagoya
Miso Katsu みそかつis the Nagoya area version of tonkatsu 豚カツ – a breaded, deep-fried pork cutlet one to two centimeters thick and sliced into bite-sized pieces, generally served with shredded cabbage. It was originally considered a type of yo-shoku, a Japanese version of European cuisine invented in the late 1800s and early 1900s, but has become more Japanese over time shortening its name from katsu-retsu (“cutlet”) to katsu.
Instead of the regular, thick sauce that comes with tonkatsu, in Nagoya and the surrounding area, a miso-based sauce known as Hacchoumiso 八丁味噌 – usually home-made, is used.
(Miso) Katsudon （みそ）カツ丼 – bowl of white rice topped with a breaded, deep-fried pork cutlet in a tonkatsu or miso sauce.
Kushi-katsu串カツ - is a Japanese-style of deep-fried kabob. They are usually made with chicken or pork skewered on bamboo kushi and deep-fried in vegetable oil. They can be served straight, or with tonkatsu or miso sauce.
Photo: © Nagoya Convention & Visitors Bureau
★Where to Go?
There are several good miso-katsu restaurants in Nagoya. Remember, miso is an acquired taste. If it doesn’t appeal to you, many miso katsu restaurants also have tonkatsu on the menu.
★Miso Katsu Yabaton みそかつ矢場とん – Main Branch
Address: Osu 3-6-18, Naka-ku 名古屋市中区大須3-6-18
Closed: Mondays – except holidays (next day if Monday is a holiday).
How much: Hi-re-tonkatsu 1260 Yen, Miso Katsudon (comes with soup) 945Yen, Kushi-katsu 210 Yen each, Teppan-tonkatsu 1365 Yen.
Access: A 5 minute walk from Yaba-cho Subway Station, exit 4
There are also a branch in the Meitetsu Department Store名鉄百貨店(9F) near Nagoya Station – open daily 11:00 – 23:00, and a branch at Chubu International Airport – open daily 10:00 – 21:00.
Address: Chiyoda 5-21-6, Naka-ku名古屋市中区千代田5-21-6
Open: 11:30 – 22:00 (last order 21:30)
How Much: Miso Roast Tonkatsu 1260 Yen (set 1659 Yen), Hi-re Miso Katsudon 1155 Yen (set 1344 Yen), Miso kushi-katsu 420 Yen.
Access: 1 minute walk from JR Tsurumai 鶴舞.
★Aji-dokoro Kano味処 叶
Address: Sakae 3 – 4 -110, Naka-ku名古屋市中区栄3-4-110
Open: 11:00-14:00 & 17:00-20:00
Closed: Sundays, holidays (closed evenings)
How Much: Miso Katsudon 1050 – 1250Yen
Access: A 2 minute walk from Sakae Subway Station, exit 16.
Address: Yamahana-cho 116, Showa-ku 名古屋市昭和区山花町116
Open: Daily – 11:30-14:30 & 17:00-21:00 (until 21:30 on weekends & hols).
How Much: Tonkatsu Teishoku (Set)1260 Yen; (large 1560 Yen); Miso Katsudon 800Yen, Kushi Teishoku (Set) 950 Yen, Ebi-fry Teishoku (set) 1740 Yen
Access: A 12 minute walk from Kawana Subway Station.
★Kuro Butaya Ramuchi 黒豚屋 らむちぃ
Address: Sakae 3 -15 – 6, Naka-ku名古屋市中区栄3 – 15 – 6
Open: Daily – 11:00 – 15:00 & 17:30 – 23:00 (until 22:00 on Sundays & hols).
Weekday Lunch Menu: Limited specials include – Minchi-katsu 680 Yen, Miso Chicken 680 Yen, Chicken Katsu Curry-don 680 Yen, Miso Chicken & Omelette 880 Yen, Miso Kushi-katsu 680 Yen.
Access: A 3 minute walk from Yabacho Subway Station, exit 6.
This article originally appeared in the Nagoya Calendar September 2008 Mail Magazine. All prices, opening times, and season finish dates may vary. Please check with the individual resort before departure.