Food and Drinks

[Tokyo] Tonkatsu Akebono (とんかつ あけぼの): Yurakucho Tonkatsu Spot Offering Winter-Exclusive Oyster Fry Set Meal

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Akebono: Tokyo’s Culinary Treasure with Winter’s Oyster Fry Delight

Akebono, a hidden gem near Tokyo’s Ginza district, originated in 1962 in a black-market area and later moved to its current location near JR Yurakucho Station. The L-shaped counter allows customers to witness the Nakamura brothers’ expert preparation of signature dishes like Katsudon and Tonkatsu Teishoku. The use of pure lard ensures a crispy and fragrant result. Popular menu items include the Service Teishoku, featuring a variety of fried dishes. A distinctive feature is Koshihikari rice cooked in a traditional rice cooker. Miso soup and oshinko are complimentary.

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The highlighted feature of this article is the winter-exclusive Oyster Fry set meal, which includes five perfectly prepared oyster fritters. These substantial oysters are coated in a seasoned batter and quickly deep-fried at high temperatures, resulting in a delightful combination of a crispy exterior and a velvety interior. The Oyster Fry set meal, served with rice, miso soup, pickles, and cabbage, is enhanced by the addition of tartar sauce and lemon. Considering that the peak season for oysters extends from October to around April, it is highly recommended to savor this culinary delight during this period.

Akebono is a well-kept secret among Tokyo foodies, featuring an English menu for non-Japanese speakers.

  • Name: Tonkatsu Akebono
  • Address: Tokyo Kotsu Kaikan B1F, 2-10-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 
  • Phone: +81-(0)3-3211-3934
  • Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 11:00 – 14:30 & 17:30 – 19:30 / Wednesday and Saturday 11:00 – 14:30 
  • Closed On: Sundays
  • Number of Seats: 12
  • Budget: – JPY1,500 
  • Payment Options: Cash Only 

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