Best Tonkatsu in Sydney.
This may be slightly scandalous, but I’ve said it and I’m going to stand by it.
The best Tonkatsu in Sydney is at Miso, World Square.
Miso is somewhat awkwardly situated in a little walkway on the street level of World Square. I’ve often walked past on my way through, the brightly lit interior and queues have always made me mildly curious but never enough to try it out.
It takes a coworker poking me and raving on about the Tonkatsu before I’m finally motivated drag myself over to try it out, because to be honest, I’m not that much fan of Tonkatsu!
Tonkatsu are pork cutlets which have been breaded and then deep-fried, it’s a popular Japanese dish that inevitably finds its way onto most menus. When eating Japanese mains I tend to prefer soups or egg based dishes meaning I’ve avoided this family favourite. The Tonkatsu Pork Loin Set is cheerfully labeled as the most popular dish on the menu and I zero into it without hesitation. Co-worker L is notoriously fussy, and I know if she’s given the thumbs up it must be good.
What have I been missing? Is all Tonkatsu this good?!
The breading is amazingly crisp without being oily, the porky center is thick while remaining moist. My serving manages to withstand the test of time, and by the end of the meal the last piece has lost none of its crunch. Served in a set it’s a huge meal, complete with Miso Soup, beans, mashed potatoes, mini salad and rice.
We’ve got V with us tonight, her love for Karaage rules over everything, even the promise of awesome Tonkatsu. She’s gone for the Curry Udon with Karaage for her dinner, the curry is thickly sweet with fat noodles swimming below the surface. The deep-fried chicken gives the satisfying crunch we crave from Karaage, and we find ourselves eating the pieces quickly before they drown in the thick sauce.
Co-worker L is sticking with the Tonkatsu and splurges out for the Pork Loin and Udon set, it’s also identical to my set with the loss of the Salad and Beans, but swaps out the miso for Udon soup and adds in a cute Fruit Yoghurt for dessert.
The Tonkatsu is served with 2 condiments. The first is a dipping sauce based on soy sauce which adds a sweet overtone to the meat and my personal favourite, mustard. The mellow yellow of the mustard is deceptive, I smear a generous serving on a piece of meat only to find myself choking seconds later as the mustard suddenly hits my nose! Clears the sinuses, but I think I’ll be a bit more careful with my next bite…
Sadly, Co-worker A is on a strict diet. She watches sadly as we gorge on Pork and Chicken and shows amazing restraint by only ordering (and sticking to!) the Salmon Sashimi Salad. It’s a refreshingly generous serving, with pieces of Salmon and Avocado easily thumb sized all scattered throughout. However nothing can stand up to the force of the Tonkatsu, and even A succumbs to a few stolen bites.
I feel like my eyes have opened to the Tonkatsu world! Is there more delicious Tonkatsu that I’ve been missing out on lately? I feel like the bar has been set too high, sadly every Tonkatsu I eat from now on will be compared to Miso, but until I find a better Tonkatsu set I’ll be going back to Miso for my fix.
Shop 20 World Square Shopping Centre
644 George Street
Sydney, NSW, 2000
Ph: (02) 9283 9686