May 3, 2020

Waton Katsusen, Tokyo…Highly delicious, addictive, pure bliss… (did i use enough adjectives there?)

Tonkatsu (breaded and deep-fried pork cutlets) ranks high on the list of Japanese soul food.The best place to get Japanese tonkatsu in Haneda Airport at the moment is probably Waton Katsusen.

Pork loin cutlet platter – Japanese pork loin cutlet (only 10 servings a day) comes with unlimited shredded cabbage, house pickles, miso soup and a bowl of rice. The first bite is supremely crispy and crunchy, but you’ll soon feel the juices from the humble pork cutlet hit – the rest is pure bliss. The katsu is surprisingly light on the palate, and on the gut, you leave with a “clean” feeling rather than a queasiness. You are finished before you know it. You are happy. You look forward to the flight.

It is worth your while if you love katsu as much as I do. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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April 1, 2010

Figlmueller, Vienna…great tasting generous (very generous) portions

The restaurant was packed.  There are polished wooden tables and chairs, unobtrusive waiters, and menus in both German as well as English. It was also located right in the center of town, a stone’s throw from St Stephan’s Cathedral.

Service was typical Austrian – fast and correct.

When the food arrived, my first thoughts were “I did not order a pizza!” The schnitzel is incredible! Best I’ve had in my life, let alone in Austria. The breaded veal and pork cutlets were so large they literally hung over the sides of the plate. If it was any bigger, you’ll have to give it a postcode. It will defeat most people…indeed I admitted defeat. The cutlet is so large because it’s been hammered (you can hear the mallets pounding from a block away). The meat winds up wafer-thin, stunningly golden and crispy on the outside, tender and delicious. (I hear they use a quarter kilo of meat for each schnitzel). And served along with a wedge of lemon.

We’d had perhaps the best Wiener schnitzel on the planet.If you want to eat one meal a day only, you can’t go wrong at Figlmüller. Unbelievable, but it’s the true truth because I always say it as it is

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