銀座梅林 Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin

We had lunch at Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin, located on Beach Walk today. Within a short walking distance from the office, this is one of our favorites for lunch.

062409 ginza interior

Ginza Bairin was established in 1927 in Ginza, Tokyo and specializes in tonkatsu (pork katsu). They have katsudon (tonkatsu cooked with egg on top of rice), Hirekatsu (pork tenderloin medallions), regular tonkatsu (pork loin), and a deluxe Kurobuta pork loin tonkatsu. Other than pork, they have a chicken karaage dish and shrimp katsu, but if you’re going to dine here, you probably want to enjoy their specialty, the tonkatsu.

My coworker had the Ginger Pork Teishoku ($18.00) which comes with rice, miso soup, tsukemono and a cabbage salad.

Ginza Bairin - Ginger Pork ($18.00)

Ginza Bairin - Ginger Pork ($18.00)

I ordered the “Ginkatsu” Pork Loin Tonkatsu Teishoku ($19.00) which also comes with rice, miso soup, tsukemono, and a cabbage salad.

Ginza Bairin - Tonkatsu ($19.00)

Ginza Bairin - "Ginkatsu" Pork Loin Tonkatsu ($19.00)

The pork was so tender and juicy, and the panko crust was light and crispy, not greasy at all. I’m also amazed at how thin the shredded cabbage was, which was delicious by itself with dressing (your choice of sesame, thousand island, or oriental dressing). They have 3 variations of the Pork Loin Katsu: “Ginkatsu” Pork Loin ($19.00), Thick Cut Pork Loin ($23.00), and Kurobuta Pork Loin ($36.00). Now if my $19.00 tonkatsu was this good, what on earth does the $36.00 Kurobuta tonkatsu taste like? I’ll never know because I’ll never pay $36.00 for lunch on a work day (unless someone’s treating). If you’re rich and you try it, please comment on this post to let me know how it is…

They have a great weekday lunch special for $13.00 which usually includes 2 different fried entrees that varies every day. In addition, Tuesdays and Wednesdays are Katsu Curry days – I saw the table next to me order it and it looked delicious. The restaurant is not very large and they get crowded early for lunch, so I would come by 11:30am.

OVERALL: GOOD
PRICE RANGE: $13-$36 for complete teishoku meals. Click here to view the menu.
MY BILL: $22.00
RETURNING?: Yes

Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin
($1.00/3 hrs validated parking at the Planet Hollywood building; entrance off Beach Walk)
255  Beach Walk
Honolulu, HI 96815
808.926.8082
Daily 11:00a-2:30p lunch, 5:00p-9:30p dinner

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4 Responses to “銀座梅林 Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin”


  1. 1 Keith July 1, 2009 at 12:24 am

    The Kurobuta tonkatsu is excellent as well. It’s moist and tender, with a bit of fat, giving it great flavor. However, I prefer the thick cut pork loin over all. As for the cabbage, I pour their tonkatsu sauce all over it. Oishi!

    • 2 honolulueats July 1, 2009 at 6:50 pm

      Ah-hah!! So you’re the rich person who orders their $36 tonkatsu! I just can’t bring myself to order it, especially when the $19 one is already so good… But it’s good to hear from someone who’s actually tasted it. Glad to hear it’s also excellent. Thanks for your comment!!

  2. 3 NL July 1, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Ai, I’m not sure if you know that they are now in Shirokiya at Ala Moana Center. You can get a piece of the Kurobuta Tonkatsu which they will prepare fresh when you order it. It’s for considerably less than $36; if I remember correctly, it was $16. We dropped by for Shayna’s birthday so I treated her. She had the regular tonkatsu piece before so I thought we would try they Kurobuta. I also went to the restaurant with my friends and had tonkatsu lunch special for $13 a year ago. Anyway, the Kurobuta was very good, but Shayna and I didn’t think it was SO much better than the regular tonkatsu. You can get the regular tonkatsu for about $8. If you really like it, try it at Shirokiya. I remember you mentioning that you go there every so often and you enjoy the food there.

    • 4 honolulueats July 2, 2009 at 10:17 pm

      Thanks for the tip! I had heard that they were in Shirokiya, so this will be my chance to try the Kurobuta tonkatsu!


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