I know we have a Saboten location at the Aberdeen food court but it never looked particularly appealing to me. I guess I never felt like snacking on some deep fried pork cutlets and I didn’t understand the appeal. Also, I prefer fried chicken! We were in Yokohama and stumbled across Saboten in a shopping centre as we were trying to decide what to eat. Saboten serves set meals featuring tonkatsu as well as rice bowls.
There is a sheet at the table with detailed instructions on how to eat tonkatsu.
Step 1: Ground black and white sesame seeds four or five times and add three ladles of tonkatsu sauce for dipping
Step 2: Choose from Yuzu dressing or Sesame dressing for the sliced cabbage.
Step 3: Free refills of rice, miso soup and cabbage.
They just gave us two big bowls of sliced cabbage to share between the three of us. My friend had the most basic set which is the Pork Loin Cutlet Combo. Each set comes with miso soup, rice and some pickled radish.
I was looking for a more balanced meal so I chose the Saisai Don which had a small piece of tonkatsu alongside a variety of deep fried veggies such as pumpkin, okra, sweet potato and lotus root. The tonkatsu was crispy on the outside and still juicy on the inside as expected from a place that specializes in tonkatsu. It was especially good with the sweetness from the tonkatsu sauce. This bowl also came with more cabbage. I preferred the sesame dressing for the cabbage since it was thicker and coated the cabbage better to give it more flavour.
Lastly my other friend had a special set with Tonkatsu and Fried Oyster. I didn’t try the oyster but didn’t hear any complaints about it.
It was a good meal and I’m glad I tried it.