Eat Singapore Tonkatsu at Saboten

by Aug 22, 2019

What do you feel like eating tonight?

How about some crunchy Japanese katsu?


  • Seasonal Ingredient Specials
  • Full Meal Plus Ice Cream and Soup
  • Make Your Own Sesame Dipping Sauce


With that out of the way, I admit I don’t go too often because katsu can’t possibly be good for you on a regular basis because it’s deep fried. At least that’s what I tell myself to make the times I do go all that more special.

Katsu is Japanese for cutlet and tonkatsu is Japanese for pork cutlet. And in terms of a cooking technique, I’ve always referred to it as the breading and deep frying of a meat.

Sesame Grinder Saboten Tonkatsu Singapore

I get visitors to Singapore all the time usually wanting to eat some hawker stall food or something they recently say on Instagram. There’s so many things to eat, both institutional or new that it’s hard to keep track of them all. However when a friend wants to eat something, at least for me, out of the ordinary then I’m all in. I’m even more excited if it’s something that I’ve been meaning to it but haven’t had the opportunity to try it yet.

This brings me to my Saboten Iberico Special Gozen set meal. There’s a Spanish Iberico katsu along with deep fried breaded shrimp. I was blown away by both the sound and texture of the crust which was only surpassed by the tender moist meat within. The Iberico was not too fatty and neither item left me with that greasy feeling.

The fresh crispness of the shredded cabbage helps cut the richness of the main course while the sesame sauce gives it that added punch in flavor. All the while the rice, soup, and ice cream were great supporting side dishes that didn’t take away from the katsu.

Chawanmushi Saboten Tonkatsu Singapore

What is It

Saboten is a Japanese restaurant that specializes in their cultural dish tonkatsu. They take particular care in the selection of both breading and pork breed to make their signature dishes.

They highlight that they pay specific attention to the following ingredients to make the best tonkatsu:

  • Aged Flavorful Pork
  • Fresh Breadcrumbs
  • Secret Hokkaido Sauce
  • Premium Short Grain Rice

What does that all mean? It means they make a mean katsu meal for you!

Where is It

This particular Saboten branch is located in the heart of Orchard Road on the B2 level of 313 Somerset shopping complex.

Ice Cream Saboten Tonkatsu Singapore

So for those days when I’m feeling super lazy and don’t want to cook things up myself, I’ll make my way down to Saboten to treat myself to a savory meal that reminds me something of myself; hard and crunchy on the outside while soft and gooey on the inside.

You're going to eat, you might as well eat something tasty.
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