Every time we miss Japan, rather than being spontaneous and fly to Japan, the easiest (and cheapest) solution is to visit nearest Japanese restaurant to get a glimpse Japanese atmosphere. Not long ago, after writing Winter Japan Trip Diary blog post, I just couldn’t help myself from checking flight tickets to Japan and after realizing that it won’t be happening in near future, I decided to visit Tontoki Japanese restaurant with Mr. Jajan as as consolation.
Tontoki is known for their Japanese mouth watering pork dishes, it’s located in Mid Plaza 1 building at Jendral Sudirman street. We love the way they decorate the restaurant with nostalgic and authentic Japanese ambiance, it made us feel like we’re inside a restaurant in Japan.
AnakJajan visited Tontoki during lunch time and there are 11 lunch set dishes offered with price range from IDR 70k to IDR 86k where every lunch set consists of free flow Japanese rice/ fried potato, pork soup and Yakult.
Before we visit the restaurant, we did research already on recommended dishes we want to try and we were very interested with pork katsu with melting cheese inside and grilled pork belly rice bowl, therefore we ordered Senmai Katsu Set and Tontoki Don Set immediately without hesitation.
Senmai Katsu Set IDR 86k
The set comes with deep fried pork katsu, a bowl of fluffy Japanese rice, soup, shaved cabbage and Yakult. FYI, you can change the rice with fried potato.
The katsu is this type of Mille-Feuille Katsu or layered tonkatsu made of thin slices of pork rolled together before deep-fried where inside the katsu they filled it with mozarella cheese and black pepper.
Katsu was deep fried nicely, it was crunchy yet very tender and not greasy at all. The generous melted mozarella cheese inside made the katsu tasted even better, the addition of black pepper inside gave the pork katsu and creamy mozarella cheese a great balance of flavor with its peppery kick. This dish was so sooo good even Mr. Jajan who’s not a big fan of deep fried food enjoyed it very much!
The pork soup was very tasty as well, savory and comforting miso-based soup with vegetables and tender pork slices.
Tontoki Don Set IDR 86k + Onsen Tamago IDR 15k
This is the signature dish from Tontoki, Tontoki Don or Pork Belly Stamina Bowl consists of a bowl of rice topped with grilled pork belly and crunchy garlic flakes.
We ordered additional Onsen Tamago for extra enjoyment. The portion of pork belly was very generous, it was seasoned and grilled nicely with this kind of addicting sweet-savory based sauce. This dish was actually very tasteful but unfortunately the pork belly was very chewy. Chewy in unpleasant way that made us very tired from chewing it. It could be a perfect dish if it was not chewy like rubber.
Overall, Tontoki did an amazing job in satisfying our cravings with their pork Japanese dishes and Japanese ambiance, we are very sure that there will be a second visit soon. It’s a must visit place for Japanese food or pork dish lovers! Let’s Jajan!
Mid Plaza 1, Basement floor
Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kv. 10-11
Central Jakarta, Indonesia 10220
Phone: (+6221) 57907060
Lunch 11.30 – 14.30
Dinner 18.00 – 22.00
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