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Tonkichi (Isetan Scotts)

AsianJapanese
Cosy comfort reminiscent of casual eateries in Japan. Decor is minimal but effective in creating a clean-cut look. Serves authentic tonkatsu from various cuts of high quality pork and seafood.

Daily: 11:00 - 22:00

+65 68354648
$27 based on 31 submissions
Dinner (12 votes), Large Groups/Gathering (8 votes), Lunch (8 votes)
littletinysun

Authentic Japanese Dining

The only Tonkatsu specialty chained restaurant in Singapore, Tonkichi bills itself as a cosy restaurant in reminiscent of the causal eateries in Japan. With the soft yellow lighting, the restaurant is a stark contrast from the nearby brightly-lit Japanese department store, Isetan. From the positive raving reviews about their Original Tonkatsu, I was skeptical about the quality and authentic of their Japanese food. I decided to try for myself to see if it is really one of the best Tonkatsu restaurant in Singapore.

Read my review, price list, menu items, recommendations here: http://www.littletinysun.com/2014/05/best-tonkatsu-restaurant-in-singapore.html

Other items and prices in the Original Tonkatsu set include:
 Hire Katsu SetMentaiko Kasane Katsu SetCheese Kasane Katsu Set Full review at http://www.littletinysun.com/2014/05/best-tonkatsu-restaurant-in-singapore.html

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http://www.littletinysun.com/2014/05/best-tonkatsu-restaurant-in-singapore.html
27 May 2014 • 71 reviews • 4 followers

Authentic Japanese Dining

The only Tonkatsu specialty chained restaurant in Singapore, Tonkichi bills itself as a cosy restaurant in reminiscent of the causal eateries in Japan. With the soft yellow lighting, the restaurant is a stark contrast from the nearby brightly-lit Japanese department store, Isetan. From the positive raving reviews about their Original Tonkatsu, I was skeptical about the quality and authentic of their Japanese food. I decided to try for myself to see if it is really one of the best Tonkatsu restaurant in Singapore.

Read my review, price list, menu items, recommendations here: http://www.littletinysun.com/2014/05/best-tonkatsu-restaurant-in-singapore.html

Other items and prices in the Original Tonkatsu set include:
 Hire Katsu SetMentaiko Kasane Katsu SetCheese Kasane Katsu Set Full review at http://www.littletinysun.com/2014/05/best-tonkatsu-restaurant-in-singapore.html
13 Feb 2013 • 68 reviews • 0 follower

Good tonkatsu!

Tonkichi is under the Pokka Food umbrella, like Domani and Rive Gauche. If you tend to frequent these restaurants, or often buy cakes from Rive Gauche (like me), thePokka Card is quite a worthwhile investment. There are certain days (for Tonkichi, it's the 1st and 3rd Wed of the month) where members enjoy a whopping 25% discount.
One glance at the Tonkotsu ramen and I knew that the soup was going to disappoint and true enough, it was not the thick, creamy pork bone soup I expected. Nonetheless, the bowl of ramen had its redeeming points. The noodles were springy and the flavored egg was perfect with a soft, runny center.
The set comes with a side dish and a choice of tonkatsu. For me, I chose the Agedashi Tofu and Hire Katsu.   I have to say, the highlight of this meal was the Hire katsu! I was initially torn between the hire and rosu katsu until the waiter helpfully pointed out the the hire had less fats and so hire it was. The hire was juicy and tender while the crumbs on the outside were deep fried into a crunchy golden brown. The best part? It didn't feel oily at all.

For full review and pics, visit http://www.bunnysays.com/2013/02/tonkichi-isetan-scotts.html
14 Oct 2010 • 1 review • 0 follower

Good!

Pretty authentic japanese food . Serving is big enough for most people and the prices are reasonable.

29 Sep 2010 • 60 reviews • 2 followers

Tonjiru ahhhh... good

Had a dinner session with a friend on 29 Sept 2010 around 6 plus and below is my review.

Design layout is quite typical, I don't see anything that says wow or loud.

Ordered a hire & rosu katsu set at $24.90, a curry sauce at $6.90, a chawanmushi at $3.50 (without set is $5.50), a ice coffee at $3.90 and got a coupon for free tonjiru. My friend ordered a roso katsu at $21.90. Had the chawanmushi first, the steam egg was good, but till the bottom part , it was even better, with prawns and I like the taste of the broth. But at $5.50 without set, it's quite pricy to me. Had my hire and rosu cutlet. Order came with rice, miso soup and salad. I can tell the different between the hire and rosu, the rosu was much more tender and the hire was a bit harder. The curry sauce tasted ok for me, probably due to the fact I fancy the other one at Ion more. As for the tonjiru, no further comment, 2 thumbs up comparing it with the miso soup (still ok). The soup I don't know how to elaborate, it just warms my heart. Cold drinks are quite pricy here, cheapest is $3.90 but no choice I needed a cold drink. Hot tea is serve here and free flow.

Value total bill was around $70 after service charge and GST. This one here is definitely value for money (if you know what to order) for the rice and salad both are free flow!! Full after the whole session.

Service was pretty good, customer service officers regularly checked on what's empty and top them up.

Bottomline I will return here for the katsu set and tonjiru, nothing else fancy meal. To take note if you're viewing the online website, it is totally different from the one at the restaurant. The restaurant's version has ramen, sushi and kurobuta US cutlet. Well this is probably due to other competitions that they have to upgrade the menu.

22 Sep 2010 • 375 reviews • 31 followers

Broken hearted fools

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I've been eating at Tonkichi when there was only one outlet at Lido. Now, Ngee Ann City, Orchard Central, Suntec and Tampines Mall have it. Something is lost when the restaurant expanded; it has lost a certain charm, authenticity and sincerity, which are replaced by the drive for profits. You can tell from the change in menu. Instead of sticking to deep-fried Japanese food, they expanded to cover ramen and sashimi and any Japanese can tell you that the correct way to eating raw fish is with rice, i.e. sushi, and sashimi is just to trick tourists. The prices are also increased.

My friend ordered the ramen. She said it was too oily. And from the appearance, the egg was overcooked. I drank a bit of the soup and it tasted porky in a bad way.

I always order the Mixed Seafood set because I don't really like pork and the oyster is OUT OF THE WORLD. If you eat pork, I would highly recommended the pork-and-oyster set. The mixed seafood set comes with miso-soup, two prawns, one oyster, half-a-dory fish--used to be a full fish--and one croquette; and fruits as dessert. The rice is free-flow and so is the cabbage. In the past, the rice glistened like in rice commercials, so good you could eat it on its own. They must have changed a supplier to a lower grade of rice. And the cabbage too. It used to be so fresh and crispy and clean, and now it seems to be of a lower grade. When you eat the cabbage, ask for the sesame dressing they concoct themselves. You have to ask for it or they won't give you. The fragrant sesame dressing over the fresh, crunchy cabbage makes me drool.

The fried meat is still as good as before, fried in such a way that it isn't oily at all. The winner is really the oyster. It's still partly raw inside, so the slimy oyster contrasted with the crispy breaded layer gives it such a wonderful textured sensation. The surprise is the croquette. I hate potato; and I've tried the croquette here before but today's is different. It oozes out, so full of goodness.

I still like Tonkichi but I wish the quality of the rice and cabbage returns to the original state, and I wish that there were more sincerity in the food. It tasted factory-made this time, that's the trouble with branches, having to standardize the food.