In 2020, Lulu Gao and her husband Hansson Shen opened their first restaurant, Marble Yakiniku, in Glen Waverley – an elegant barbecue-focused Japanese restaurant where Wagyu is the star. Now the couple has shifted their focus to tonkatsu and has opened a second, more relaxed eatery in the same suburb called Ichi Katsu.
“After the opening of Marble Yakiniku, we had ideas for a katsu store aimed at a younger audience,” says Gao. pamphlet† “It’s totally different… it has an open kitchen and is more casual and fun.”
Here tonkatsu (breaded fried pork chop) is king – served as is with shredded cabbage and rice; in white, fluffy sandos; or in curry form with rice or udon noodles of your choice. Also find shrimp katsu sandos, plus fish katsu made with snapper and fried oysters.
“The katsu dishes are usually served with our special homemade tonkatsu sauce, which is a bit like thick, dark vegetable ketchup,” says manager Shaun Oh, who also worked at Marble Yakiniku.
“We double fry the pork in a deep fryer that we ordered from Japan, which fry it at a lower temperature to give you nice juicy meat.”
For a snack or appetizer, try izakaya classics such as beef tataki salad (made with wagyu), fried gyoza, agedashi tofu, or unagi katsu (fried eel). The fried cheese and pork belly roll is a must. For dessert: yuzu sorbet and black sesame ice cream.
The vibrant Kingsway space – with warm lighting and wood paneling – seats about 50 people, with outdoor seating. In addition, there is also an izakaya-style bar serving a range of cocktails, pending approval of a liquor license.
97 Kingsway, Glen Waverley
(03) 9560 9860
Tues to Thurs 5–9:30 p.m.
Fri & Sun 11:30 AM–2:30 PM, 5:00 PM–10:30 PM