If you’re craving truly authentic Japanese cuisine, look no further than Kyoto Gyukatsu. North America’s first gyukatsu-speciality restaurant -- opened November 2019 -- serves up top quality cuts of meat that have been panko-crusted and lightly fried to a perfect medium rare.
Have no fear if you’ve never experienced true gyukatsu before -- the staff is incredibly friendly and will help explain the menu so you can customize the perfect lunch or dinner.
Their lunch boxes ($16 for the regular size or $21 for the large, available from 11 am to 3 pm) are combined with cabbage to aid in digestion, miso soup with free refills and a quickly poached egg. We recommend the regular size for most but the large will satisfy those with an insatiable appetite. You can choose between chuck flap or top sirloin, which is then served in either their signature sauce or Japanese curry.
Gyukatsu dipped in onsen egg.
For their dinner menu (prices vary depending on the cut of beef you choose, served from 5 pm-10 pm) you can choose from top sirloin, chuck flap, rib eye or even Australian wagyu; that you can then gently dip into their signature sauce, Kyoto pepper salt or Japanese Worcestershire sauce. Dinner has similar pairings to lunch, as well as a side of radish to help cut through and add freshness to some of the fattier cuts of meat.
One of the truly special things about a Kyoto Gyukatsu meal is that it is served with real wasabi and not the powdered or horseradish versions you’ll find at most other Japanese restaurants in the city. Be sure to also order their matcha beer for a really unique flavour.
It’s well worth the visit to try out the gyukatsu -- we can’t wait to start seeing more locations pop up around the city.