Miso Katsu

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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. 

misoInstead 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. 

Standard Dishes
(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

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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.

yabatonMiso 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
Tel: 052-252-8810
Open: 11:00-21:00
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
Website: www.yabaton.com 
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.

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kiharuteiKiharutei気晴亭
Address: Chiyoda 5-21-6, Naka-ku名古屋市中区千代田5-21-6
Tel: 052-251-4741
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.

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aji_dokoroAji-dokoro Kano味処 叶
Address: Sakae 3 – 4 -110, Naka-ku名古屋市中区栄3-4-110
Tel: 052-241-3471
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.

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hironoHirono 比呂野
Address: Yamahana-cho 116, Showa-ku 名古屋市昭和区山花町116
Tel: 052-763-2643
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.

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kuro_butayaKuro 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
Tel: 052-241-1664
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.

 
 

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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.

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