Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin

After a night of playing tennis at the Hale Koa courts, my group and I decided to take a walk to the nearby streets for dinner.  First thing that came to mind was Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin.  If you’ve never been there before you need to stop by. In my opinion, they’ve got probably the best katsu in the state…Imperial Cafe is a close second.

Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin.

The establishment holds about 40 people comfortably. Unfortunately there is no parking. You'll have to park on nearby streets or next to the Waikiki post office.

Nice, golden brown, light and fluffy. If you don’t like Pork, it’s okay cause it’s so light it could probably be mistaken for Chicken Katsu.  They also have shrimp katsu too so vegetarians, no worries…

On Tuesday and Wednesday night, they have the chef special which is Tonkatsu Curry for $17.  The best part is the curry, rice and cabbage salad are all-you-can-eat!

Cabbage salad with miso goma dressing.

My second helping of cabbage salad but with Oriental shoyu dressing.

The meal also came with Japanese pickles which were actually pretty good. It’s a little different, it’s pickled pearl onions and pickled daikon & ginger.

Japanese pickles.

Yuko had the kushi tonkatsu. Which means tonkatsu on a stick.

The rest of us had the tonkatsu curry.

Make sure to try some of their homemade katsu sauce. It's probably better than anything you can buy at the store.

So next time you’re in the neighborhood or even if you’re not, you’ve gotta check out Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin. The only warning is that it’s a little pricey since it is in Waikiki.  Be prepared to spend at least $20 per person. It’s worth it if you go once in a blue moon like we did.  Hope you can make it down!

Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin
255 Beachwalk Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
11am – 2:30pm Tuesday thru Friday
5pm – 9:30pm Tuesday thru Sunday
Closed on Monday


5 responses to this post.

  1. Love that you tried to make this place good for us veggies….but uhm, i don’t eat seafood either! ahahahhaa. (actually, never really did even before the swap over cause i’m allergic) But the katsu DOES look great! *drool*


  2. Posted by N on May 10, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    I like this place because you get to grind your own sesame seeds for the tonkatsu sauce – yum.


    • N, on Wednesday’s they have the chef special which means tonkatsu curry. Not only that, the curry is all you can eat and so is that cabbage salad which you can use all those different types of dressings for!


  3. Posted by Electricbamboo on October 16, 2010 at 10:02 am

    One Saturday I was bored, so I ended up at the beach in Waikiki, and after that stumbled onto this place. Most expensive lunch I’ve ever had by myself, but it was worth it. The kurobuta was friggin awesome!


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