Set meal restaurant Tonkatsu Hamakawa opens in Kagoshima

PUBLISHED Jun 15, 2023

Exterior view of Tonkatsu Hamakawa

On June 1, Tonkatsu Hamakawa, a restaurant specializing in set meals, opened in Chuzancho, Kagoshima City.

The owner is Katsuya Hamada, a tonkatsu lover who has dined at many different restaurants. He decided to open the restaurant as he wanted to try his hand at running “a delicious tonkatsu restaurant.” The interior is decorated in a modern Japanese style, featuring natural wood grain. It has 28 seats in total, including six at the counter surrounding the open kitchen, 14 at tables, and eight at tatami seating.

The main menu includes Loin Tonkatsu Set (1,400 yen) and Fillet Tonkatsu Set (1,600 yen). The restaurant also offers other set meals, such as Karaage, Chicken Cutlet, Minced Meat Cutlet, and Kurobuta Pork Croquette, to name a few. Katsudon (pork cutlet served on top of a bowl of rice), curry with tonkatsu, and children’s menu items are also available.

“I am especially particular about the ingredients I use,” says Hamada. The pork is from Kagoshima Prefecture, and he describes, “The whole meat is tender with a sweet taste of fat. The brand is a trade secret.” Hamada blends two types of fresh bread crumbs for the coating of his tonkatsu and three types of oil for frying. He uses less lard so that the cutlets have a light and delicate taste without causing a heavy feeling after eating. For the rice, Hamada uses Nikkomaru, a Kyushu brand rice produced in Kagoshima Prefecture.

The tonkatsu is served with sauce, salt, or mustard. “I encourage customers to enjoy the taste of our tonkatsu itself with salt alone. Some customers compare flavors with sauce and salt,” says Hamada.

Hamada added, “Please come and try our loin tonkatsu and fillet tonkatsu. I hope we can be recognized as the best restaurant in Kagoshima.”

Opening hours: 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Closed on Mondays. There are ten parking spaces in front of the restaurant.

  • Table seating at Tonkatsu Hamakawa

  • Counter seating at Tonkatsu Hamakawa

  • Tatami seating at Tonkatsu Hamakawa

  • Example of Tonkatsu Set Meal