Pork cutlet on rice

What is Katsudon?

Katsudon is a bowl of rice dishes with pork cutlet. There are various kinds, but the most orthodox way to make it is by using boiled pork cutlet with a soy sauce based soup. You then put an egg on it and placing it atop warm rice. There are also variations of katsudon such as adding soy sauce to the pork cutlets, using chicken cutlets, and using beef cutlets. There are also a lot of pork cutlets that are based on location, for example in Nagoya there is Miso Katsudon made with the locally popular Miso cutlet, and in Okayama there is Demi katsudon which is made with domiglas sauce. Since they are different based on the region, Please try many different katsudon in different areas and find your favorite.

History of Katsudon

There are various opinions on the origins of Katsudon cuisine, but the most popular theory is that it all began in a store near Waseda University when they tried serving cold meat cutlets with eggs in the 1910's. It was popular among university students because it was an idea of one of the students attending Waseda University at the time. In addition, because in Japanese Katsu means "victory", many people would eat katsudon before a competition or game.

A restaurant where you can eat delicious pork cutlets in Tokyo


Phone number: 03-3399-4207
Address: 3-31-16 Nishigihoku, Suginami-ku, Tokyo
Opening hours: 11: 30-20: 30
Closed holiday: Monday · Sunday
Nearest station: Nishi Ogikubo Station

Maruchiba (Maruchiba)

Phone number: 03-3872-4216
Address: 1-1-3, Nihonbashi, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 14: 00 ~ 21: 00
Closed: Wednesday · New Year's Holiday
Nearest station: Minami-Senju station


Phone number: 03-3341-0768
Address: 10-28 Araki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Ten building hall 1F
Opening hours: 11: 30 ~ 13: 30/17: 00 ~ 20: 30 (L.O. 20: 00)
Closed: Sunday, holiday
Nearest station: Yotsuya Sanchome Station