Oct 2012

{swoon} Tonkatsu Pork Cutlet at Kagura

Kagura - Torrance

The Old Torrance neighborhood in which Kagura is situated isn’t much of a looker, but step into the restaurant and the mood instantly switches from gritty to Zen. Clean lines, dark woods, and cozy cubbies create a real sense of calm. Here at this convivial Japanese oasis, Tokyo native Kentaro Masuda prepares the city’s best tonkatsu, a masterfully deep-fried pork cutlet that is evenly golden on the outside and juicy throughout.

Kagura - Torrance

Every katsu meal begins with a bowl of shiro goma (white sesame seeds) and a sturdy pestle. Grind the seeds into a fine powder before pouring in the house-made katsu sauce from the accompanying pitcher. This salty, nutty, and thick condiment pairs exceedingly well with the rich slabs of katsu.

Kagura - Torrance

While the tonkatsu is strong enough to stand alone, ordering it as part of a set menu is the way to go. The gozen includes chawanmushi (savory egg custard), cabbage salad, marinated edamame (soy beans), a variety of pickled vegetables, hijiki (sea vegetable) salad, choice of white or “grain” rice, and a pork-based miso soup for just a few dollars more. Complimentary hojicha (roasted green tea) arrives at the close of the meal.

1652 Cabrillo Avenue
Torrance, CA 90501
Phone: 310-787-0227

One year ago: Stella Rossa Pizza Bar – Los Angeles (Santa Monica)
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Four years ago: Phở Hoàng – Birmingham
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