Satsumaya Tonton opens near Kagoshima Chuo Station, first in Kagoshima

PUBLISHED Oct 31, 2022

The exterior of Satsumaya Tonton Kagoshima Chuo Branch

One month has passed since the opening of Satsumaya Tonton Kagoshima Chuo (tel. 099-230-7676), a restaurant serving Satsuma cuisine and Kurobuta pork tonkatsu on the first floor of the B&B Park Hotel Kagoshima near Kagoshima Chuo Station. Satsuma is an ancient name for the Kagoshima region.

The restaurant opened its doors on September 19. The Satsumaya Group operates four Satsuma restaurants in Tokyo, including those in Shibuya and Meguro wards, using ingredients from Kagoshima, and this June marked the 20th anniversary of its establishment. The group’s head chef is from Kagoshima Prefecture and worked in Tokyo when the first restaurant was established. “The head chef’s wish to eventually open a restaurant in Kagoshima has come true,” says Makoto Furuta, owner of the Kagoshima Chuo branch.

The interior of the restaurant features bamboo and wood-grain décor. It has eight seats at the counter surrounding the open kitchen, 24 seats at tables, and eight seats in private rooms, 40 seats in total.

The evening menu recommendation is Kurobuta Pork and Vegetable Oil Shabu Shabu (from 2,980 yen per person), which has become a signature dish at restaurants in Tokyo. This one-pot dish features meat cooked in a special sauce and oil, then wrapped around shredded raw vegetables. Other items include Roppaku Kurobuta Tonkatsu (from 2,100 yen), deep-fried pork cutlet coated in black bread crumbs made with bamboo charcoal, and Kurosatsuma Chicken served as sashimi or grilled. Yakiton (from 520 yen) — grilled pork cheek, tongue, hearts, and other parts — is available only at the Kagoshima branch.

The lunch sets come with rice and pork miso soup refills. The lineup includes Kurobuta Ginger Grilled Pork, Stir-Fried Meat and Vegetables with Sweet and Spicy Sauce, Chicken Nanban with Tartar Sauce (880 yen), and Kurobuta Menchikatsu (1,200 yen), featuring ground meat cutlet.

Fruta says, “We have a lineup of dishes that are only available in Kagoshima, which is difficult to provide in Tokyo considering factors such as keeping the ingredients fresh and the cost of shipment. We hope that not only locals but also visitors to the area will enjoy our menu.”

Opening hours: 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Closed on Mondays.

  • Counter seating of Satsumaya Tonton Kagoshima Chuo Branch

  • Inside Satsumaya Tonton Kagoshima Chuo Branch

  • Kuroton from Satsumaya Tonton Kagoshima Chuo Branch

  • Stir Fried Meat and Vegetables with Sweet and Spicy Sauce

  • Kurobuta Ginger Grilled Pork