For The Tonkatsu Lover

Tonkatsu Kiyoshi
7780 S Jones Blvd
Ste 103
Las Vegas, NV 89139
(702) 837-7300
tonkatsukiyoshi.com

Happy Chinese New Year, everyone! Hope the new year brings you wellness, fortune and of course, good food!

Vegas never ceases to amaze me with off the beaten path finds. Just when you think, “what kind of GOOD food could exist out in the ‘burbs,” something pops up and begins roots of becoming food famous. Then you think, “No, no, no. Don’t become too famous because that means we will have to wait for a table!” At the end of last year, DW Bistro was that gem, and obviously, hoards of people line up for Saturday morning brunch.

sesame mortar and pestle

Tonkatsu Kiyoshi is my first gem of 2014. As the name describes, this is a katsu-ya, a restaurant specifically for the delicacy of katsu, which is usually deep fried breaded chicken or pork, or in the case of this restaurant’s namesake, TONkatsu for breaded and deep fried PORK cutlet.

chicken karage chicken katsu curry tonkatsu

If you have had my share of tonkatsu and chicken katsu, it can be a spectrum of quality. Either it’s too greasy and chewy, breading falling off or at Tonkatsu Kiyoshi, it is wonderfully crispy, golden, light and juicy. As an added bonus, you can mix your own sauce and grind your own sesame powder with provided mortar and pestles. Dip away with your own concoction. If you’re just in the mood to chow down and not worry about the sauce, I would also recommend trying out their curry. This is honestly the best Japanese curry that I’ve had in VEGAS. Other places have popped up previous to them opening like Curry Zen and Kaba Curry, but they don’t compare at all to the katsu curry here.

Conclusion: Amazing texture, amazing flavor, great value. Now, DO NOT go there, and make it super busy for my selfish reasons. 😉

Hippo!

Kaba Curry
6475 W Charleston Blvd Ste 160
Las Vegas, NV 89146
Neighborhood: Westside
(702) 589-0370
http://kabacurry.com

Kaba!  (Hippo)

First off – I love Kaba Curry’s cute hippo mascot (Kaba is hippo in Japanese by the way). Kaba Curry is located in a cafeteria like location on Charleston near the College of Southern Nevada’s (CSN) north campus along with other college friendly vendors for Korean food, Mexican, boba drinks and chicken wings. Seems as though they’ve got the right idea: FEED THE HUNGRY COLLEGE KIDS WITH COMFORT FOOD, otherwise it’s pretty empty in the evening once all the students have gone home.

Kaba Curry Order Tonkastu and Croquette Curry Croquette and Sausage Curry

Between the three of us we got pork katsu/Tonkatsu, chicken katsu, sausage and potato croquette. The shining star of the set was actually the potato croquette. It was fried to a golden crisp. Huge crunch on the outside and creamy potatoey on the inside. The curry sauce wasn’t bad too, and the chicken and pork were not dry and quite tasty.

Conclusion: They may be empty in the evenings now, but I think word will soon spread. Get your Japanese curry fix before there are lines out the door!

$ to Value Ratio: 3.75/5 Beeps
Yummy Factor: 3.75/5 Beeps
Texture Satisfaction: 5/5 Beeps
Average beeps: 4.16 Beeps

Comfort Curry

Japanese Curry Zen
5020 Spring Mountain Rd
Ste 1
Las Vegas, NV 89146
(702) 985-1192
http://www.curryzen.com/

It’s a rainy day in Vegas. It’s literally dropped at least 20 or so degrees and the temperature hovers around 50 degrees. What?! Only thing to do is to eat something warm and cozy. Curry it is. Curry Zen recently opened in what seems to becoming famous plaza on Spring Mountain and Decatur with the likes of Raku, Monta, Trattoria Nakamura-ya and Kabuto.

We enter into Curry Zen and it’s cozy and cute. The menu is simple. Pick your protein or carb and you get your plateful of aromatic Japanese style curry with fluffy pillows of rice.

Croquette Chicken Katsu

1. Chicken Katsu Curry – Crispy breading on the outside, white chicken meat on the inside.
2. Croquette Curry – A combination of peas, carrots, and potatoes with a crispy crunchy breaded exterior. Carb-licious.

Conclusion: It was comforting food on a rainy day. I had a fleeting thought that the menu was a little too simple, but perhaps, keeping it super simple is a good thing. Quality control ya? I made the mistake of getting 1 croquette ONLY and was still hungry! Don’t forget to order more protein and you’ll leave with a full satisfied belly. 3.25/5 Average beeps

$ to Value Ratio: 2/5 Beeps
Yummy Factor: 3.75/5 Beeps
Texture Satisfaction: 4/5 Beeps
Average Beeps: 3.25 Beeps

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