It is said that Manger in Osaka is one of the best places — if not the best — in all of Japan to get tonkatsu. Expect a two to three hour wait before you can even catch a glimpse of the inside of the restaurant. Manger offers a wide range of pork, from Kurobuta to Spanish Iberico, all listed on a chalkboard above the chef. Their fried-to-perfection tonkatsu technique that brings out the juiciness of the meat — the main factor in why people are willing to wait in line for so long.
A good way to make full use of the waiting time is to write your name down and then go off for a few hours before coming back when it's your turn. Manger only has counter seating — ideal for a local Japanese dining experience — and a chic modern interior which is a cut above the usual run down tonkatsu holes-in-the-wall .
While their classic tonkatsu is already amazing, the foie gras stuffed tonkatsu comes highly recommended. Crispy on the outside and juicy with a hint of pink on the inside, there's nothing like the deliciousness of Manger's deep-fried pork.
Sunday: 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM, 05:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Wednesday: 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM, 05:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Thursday: 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM, 05:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Friday: 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM, 05:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM, 05:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Tonkatsu Manger Address
2-3-22 Yokoen, Yao, Osaka, 581-0086, Japan