The huge Japanese signboard and windowless exterior do a good job confusing passersby as to what awaits within. The place could be a Japanese bar, or just as easily a massage parlor. Don’t be fooled by appearances. Tonkatsu Hamachan offers good simple Japanese cooking. Just look for the interpretable facade two stores down from the fruit market.
Stick to the basics and go for the Tonkatsu: breaded, deep-fried pork cutlet served with shredded cabbage, rice and a bowl of miso soup—you’ll choose between the lean or fatty meat when you order. The secret to Tonkatsu lies in the sauce: a thick Worcestershire-like sauce which adds a delightful punch to the crispy coated yet tender cutlet. And you can be sure they have their recipe down; after all, they named the restaurant after this specialty. Coupled with a bottle of Sinkiang Black Beer, enjoy the dish in your own secret corner of this small, straightforward restaurant.