"Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin is a Tokyo Ginza-based specialty Tonkatsu (breaded pork cutlet) restaurant offering a variety of signature dishes that have been kept true for three generations."
First established in 1927, Ginza Bairin is the very first specialty Tonkatsu restaurant in Ginza, Tokyo, and quickly gained popularity with its unique home-made Tonkatsu sauce and Tonkatsu recipes created by founder Nobukatsu Shibuya.
Among the many Tonkatsu recipes created by Nobukatsu-san, one of his most famous creations for Ginza Bairin is the Katsu sandwich. Faced with a severe shortage of rice after World War II, Nobukatsu-san had an idea— Tonkatsu can be eaten with bread in place of rice. When it was introduced, the Katsu sandwich became wildly popular and has since become a signature item on Ginza Bairin’s menu.
Today, Masaya Shibuya, Nobukatu-san’s great grandson, is the third generation owner of Ginza Bairin. Masaya-san had joined Ginza Bairin as a cook before moving up the ranks and finally taking over the family business in 1984. In the vein of Nobukatsu-san, Masaya-san continually innovates to put new dishes on the menu, much to the delight of Tonkatsu lovers as well as fans of the 83-year-old restaurant. He is responsible for well-loved Tonkatsu items on Ginza Bairin’s menu such as the mini Tonkatsu Burgers, Tonkatsu Nuggets and Pork Fillet Katsu Don.
Opened in July 2009, Ginza Bairin at Ion Orchard has been satisfying cravings for crispy, tender and juicy Japanese breaded pork cutlets here. All Tonkatsu and special Tonkatsu Sauce served at the casual-dining restaurant remain true to the original recipes which have since been passed down for three generations.