On my last day at work, we started off with a farewell breakfast for me in the office.
Then for lunch, my coworker (and loyal? blog reader) Keith and his girlfriend took me out to lunch at Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin. After reading my previous post on the restaurant, he knew I’ve always wanted to try the Kurobuta Tonkatsu but that I’d never order it on my own. So he was so thoughtful to invite me to lunch and order the Kurobuta Tonkatsu for me.
Here’s the Kurobuta Tonkatsu ($36.00)… It looks almost the same as the standard Ginkatsu ($19.00), maybe a little larger.
Here they are, side by side. The Kurobuta Tonkatsu on the left a thicker cut of meat than the Ginkatsu on the right.
As for the flavor, in my opinion, both were delicious! You can definitely tell the Kurobuta is a better quality of meat, since the Ginkatsu has a slight “porkiness” while the Kurobuta has a clean, pure flavor. But if I wasn’t tasting them both at the same time, I probably would be just as happy with the Ginkatsu. Both were equally tender and moist. I’m so glad that I got to try it, because I would never had ordered it myself, and I would have forever be fantasizing about how fabulous it must be. It was indeed fabulous, but the good news is that the $19.00 Ginkatsu is pretty good too.
And just before the end of the day, our chef surprised me with a beautiful farewell dinner he set up in my office:
The silver dome unveiled a darling Beef en Croute in the shape of a “Louis Vuitton purse” (with a little handle and everything!), served with a balsamic béarnaise Sauce.
How thoughtful of him! Earlier in the day, I walked into the kitchen where he was busy peeling cherry tomatoes and sautéing leeks. When I asked him what he was doing, he said “nothing”. I was wondering, because we didn’t have confit cherry tomatoes on the menu that day! He also presented me with a gift and card which included one of his special recipes. He is such a generous man who knows he has a wonderful gift to share.
I am so blessed to have worked with wonderful and generous colleagues…