I had the pleasure of visiting Katsu San, a chef-owned and operated modern eatery that specializes in Japanese pork cutlet sets and ramen.
Katsu San had opened this past Spring in Richmond's Terra Nova area.
Katsu San Richmond Menu
On the menu at Katsu San are katsu sets and ramen bowls.
Their katsu sets include:
- Tonkatsu set: deep fried breaded pork loin ($13.50)
- Chicken katsu set: deep fried breaded chicken breast ($14.75)
- Cheese katsu set: deep fried thinly pounded pork meat over a thick block of mozzarella cheese ($15)
- Ebi hotate katsu set: deep fried tiger prawns and scallop ($16)
- Katsu San' assorted tonkatsu set: ½ order of pork loin katsu; 2 pieces of cheese katsu; 1 pc ebi katsu ($17.50)
- Katsu San' assorted chicken set: ½ order of chicken katsu; 2 pieces of cheese katsu; 1 pc ebi katsu ($18.75)
Some highlights regarding their pork cutlets is that they are Koji-cured for 62 hours to maximize taste and juiciness.
The crumb coating is made from housemade bread crumbs for an airy crunch. All sauces are also made in-house.
Their ramen bowls selection include:
- Ra-Yu Champon Ramen: Chicken Soup based Ramen with Pork Belly, Fresh Seafood, Vegetables with Spicy Red Chilli Pepper Oil, and Tamago ($12.50)
- Nagasaki Champon Ramen: Tonkatsu soup based ramen with Pork Belly, Fresh Seafood, Vegetables and Tamago ($12.50)
- Cold Ramen (Hiyashi Ramen): Chilled Shoyu based Soup topped with Fresh Shredded Green Vegetables, Cabbage, Pickled Radish, Cucumber, Fresh Wasabi and Tamago ($9.50)
What I Tried
Chef-Owner Dan and his team presented a few items for me to try including:
Katsu San Assorted Tonkatsu Set
Loin Katsu, 2 pcs of Cheese Katsu, 1 pc Ebi Katsu. Served with shredded cabbage, rice, Tonjiru (pork soup), Tsukemono (Japanese pickles), Himalayan pink salt, fresh Wasabi.
Nagasaki Champon Ramen
Tonkatsu soup-based ramen with pork belly, fresh seafood, vegetables and tamago.
The katsu was excellent with the tender pork and crispy and not overly heavy coating.
The ramen was also very good with al dente noodles, flavourful broth loaded with protein and vegetables.
The portions and quality were fairly valued for the price which is affordable.
The dining environment is welcoming and the friendly servers are attentive to their customers. You’d have a comfortable and nice time dining at Katsu San.
The restaurant is busy and to support social distancing measures, they take reservations from Tuesday – Friday.
Please call them to make a reservation. This would be a good idea as there was a lineup outside when I visited. They still have tables for walk-ins.
To thank healthcare workers, Katsu San offers 20% the menu to healthcare workers for dine-in and pick-up.
All around, a very nice dining experience at Katsu San Richmond. Takeout and delivery also available. Check them out at 6011 No 1 Rd Unit #110, Richmond.