Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Katsu Sen

August 4 - Katsu Sen: Honmoku, Japan

In an area that is full of high rise apartment complexes and houses, Honmoku has very few successful restaurants. There are a few family-restaurants such as Denny`s and Red Lobster but there were very few other types of restaurants in the area.

In late July, Katsu Sen came to Honmoku and we decided to try it out!

The entrance to Katsu Sen from the parking structure

Cabbage, corn salad, green salad, harusame salad

What is interesting is that this restaurant has little booths that allow eaters to feel more secluded from the other eaters and give each group a little bit of privacy while eating. Which is really great if a family has kids and you sitting next to them, want to have a more quiet environment. They offer a salad buffet that includes about 5 or 6 different salads including thin-cut cabbage (which is a staple when you order katsu), corn salad, green salad, harusame salad (rice noodle salad) and a few other pickled vegetable salads.

So, while we waited for our food to arrive, we munched on salad and waited for our food.

My "healthy katsu teishoku" and the lunch portion of "hire katsu"

The "healthy katsu teishoku" consisted of fried asparagus,
ebi (shrimp) katsu and a regular hire katsu

The katsu came and we ground up the sesame seeds that were in the mortar/grinder and poured sauce into the bowl (they offer a sweet sauce and a spicy sauce).

The katsu was very soft and everything was really good! The asparagus was nice and crispy and the shrimp katsu was exceptionally good with every bite filled with shrimp!

This is a great addition to the Honmoku area and I look forward to trying something else on their menu!

Katsu Sen
17-2 Honmoku Hara, Naka-Ku, Yokohama
Honmoku Esta 1st Floor

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