|Ginza Kushi-Katsu @ Paragon
Introducing Gyu-Katsu. Huh? Gyu-Katsu not Tonkatsu? Our aimless stroll at B1 Paragon looking for something to munch lead us to this shop directly opposite Din Tai Fung.
While we are familiar with Tonkatsu (Pork Cutlet), this is our first encounter with Gyukatsu. As curiosity got the better of us, we decided to give it a try. Introducing first of its kind in Singapore, Ginza Kushi Katsu ('GKK'). It uses premium beef fillet, coated with breadcrumbs, deep fried for 60 seconds at exactly 210ºC.
This precise method will give the beef cutlets its wonderful crispy crust while the meat remains medium-rare within. If you like your beef to cooked further, there is a mini grill plate on the table for you to cook your cutlet further while it retain its crispy texture.
|Gyu-Katsu Rice Set
You can choose to eat the cutlet with wasabi soy sauce, horseradish sauce or rock salt. We liked the rock salt and soy sauce better compare to the horseradish. The free flow of cabbage is refreshing, especially when you add the tangy salad dressing with it.
|Sauce & salt selection for the Gyukatsu
We tried to use the grill to add the level of doneness to the beef. It seems that if you add another 30 seconds on each side of the meat, it brought up a nice springy texture to the dish.
|Hot Plate to add the doneness
Since we still have some space, we also ordered some katsu on stick, known as Kushi Katsu. Cheese, Mushroom and Pork Loin ($2.90 each). There is an option to add cheese fondue or demi glace fondue for $5.90 with the kushi katsu, but we gave this option a miss.
|Kushi Katsu - Cheese & Mushroom
|Check out the Cheese
The cheese is a must try here. GKK answer to fried mozzarella. It is delicate, soft and chewy. Meanwhile the mushroom is juicy. The pork loin was disappointing, as it was too lean resulting in a tough and hard meat. It is best to give the pork loin a miss.
|Kushi Katsu Pork Loin
Decor of the restaurant is typical Zen like Japanese restaurant. Predominantly uses light colour wood. The seating is well spaced and its open concept allow dinner to have free view of the outside, as well as the other way around.
|Part of Dining Area
Overall, GKK really introduced an interesting concept of Gyu-Katsu. Definitely a place to visit if you want to try something different in Paragon. Cheers!!
Food & Drink: 7.25/10
Budget per Person: $11 -$25; $26 - $50