Lunch at Katsukura

Posted December 15th, 2011 in Eat out in Japan 2 Comments »

D, Hiro and I went to Katsukura in Kusatsu city, Shiga to have lunch with my friend.  I haven’t seen her for a long time… probably around 5 years.  We used to go to same collage in Osaka, then flew to Perth to study English at same TAFE campus.  After that she went back to Japan, then came back to Australia to travel around, then went back to Japan again, flew to Europe to travel around, and now working in Japan 🙂  She brought her boy friend to lunch 🙂

I chose Katsukura because I had craving for katsu when she asked me what I wanted to eat.  Katsukura is in Kintetsu building which connects to Kusatsu train station, so easy access was another reason I chose this place (as we both traveled by train).

Inside was bit stuffy and narrow, but maybe I felt so because I had Hiro.  He didn’t want to sit still.  I thought they might have zashiki (dining area on tatami) but they only had tables and chairs.

D ordered normal tonkatsu-zen (pork katsu set meal), and I ordered wakadori-zen (young chicken katsu set meal).

First, small bowls of sesame seeds were brought to the tabel.  We need to grind the sesame seeds at the table, and pour choice of katsu sauce into the bowl.  It’s going to be the dipping sauce for katsu.  Freshly ground sesame seeds are very aromatic.



Rice was served in a big container, and we scoop into our rice bowls by ourselves.  So was pickles.  Bottles of Sauces and salad dressing were set at the table.  Rice, shredded cabbage, and miso soup are all unlimited.  Yes, you can order as many times as you want.

I could just eat rice with the katsu sauce.  Very nice.  The meat was juicy and soft too.

2 Comments on “Lunch at Katsukura”

  1. 1 Megan said at 9:54 am on December 15th, 2011:

    OH YUMM! We went to the same restaurant chain when we were in Yukuhashi 🙂
    I loved the ground sesame seeds. We bought one of the bowls later in a beautiful gift shop called ‘Afternoon Tea’ in the train station at Nagasaki. Then we saw them everywhere, even in the hardware store 🙂 and they were much cheaper!

  2. 2 umepontarou said at 5:17 pm on December 15th, 2011:


    Haha 🙂 The sesame ground bowl is very useful. People use it to make baby’s food too. (I do…)

Leave a Comment