Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin Japanese restaurant operates within Singapore’s ION Orchard shopping centre, at 2 Orchard Turn. (UPDATE 2020: THE OUTLET HAS CLOSED)
The restaurant, established by Nobukatsu Shibuya in Tokyo’s Ginza district in 1927, specializes in Japanese tonkatsu – breaded, deep-fried pork cutlet – dishes, using heritage recipes that have been passed from generation to generation.
Within tonkatsu restaurants, Ginza Bairin has been one of the most creative establishments, not only being the first Tonkatsu restaurant in Ginza when it opened, but also innovating the now popular bite-sized Katsu (Hitokuchi Katsu), Tonkatsu sauces, and the Katsu Sandwich.
One of the specialties Ginza Bairin is known for is their dishes utilizing the authentic Kurobuta (Black Pig), a special breed of pig, ingredient that is freshly from Kagoshima, Japan, to the restaurant.
At the Singapore Ginza Bairin restaurant, you have an array of menus to choose from, featuring Tonkatsu, Tonkara, Teppan, Donburi, Noodle dishes, curry rice specialties, curry udon dishes, and sandwiches.
Popular choices within the menus include Tonkatsu Burgers, Tonkatsu Nuggets, Pork Fillet Katsu Don, Katsu Sandwiches, Donburi (rice bowls), and Bento (take-away) meals.
Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin ION Orchard (UPDATE 2020: THE RESTAURANT HAS CLOSED)
2 Orchard Turn, #B4-39/40/41/42, ION Orchard
Hours: Monday-Sunday 11am-10:30pm
Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin’s Facebook page is a great resource of information about the available menu items, tonkatsu dining in general, the restaurant’s promotions, and much more.