If you’re craving for a good crunchy piece of tonkatsu (at a reasonable price, of course), make your way to the quiet end of Takashimaya’s food floor, and amid the hodgepodge of little food stalls, you’ll find Romankan Yokohama.
Despite its non sequitur European décor (with its servers decked in French maid outfits), this little Japanese stall has some delightful offerings. The speciality is Japanese katsu, which is served either with rice or between slices of bread.
Romankan’s curry gravy is excellent, unlike the diluted offerings masquerading as Japanese curry in some other eateries. In fact, this curry is chock full of shredded meat and mashed carrots; drinking it was almost like downing a nice Japanese gumbo. However, it is a very mild curry, which may disappoint spice lovers. On the bright side, you can feed it to kids.
The pork cutlet is superb: light and crispy on the outside, while the pork on the inside is a nice thick column of juicy meat. The bunch of shredded raw cabbage that comes with it makes a refreshing complement to the meat and gravy.
On the side, we order the fried prawn cutlet, which oozes the natural sweetness of fresh prawn with every bite.
The stall’s bestseller, the Cutlet Sandwich is yet another lip-smacking variation of their katsus. Juicy, crisp pork fillets sandwiched in freshly baked bread, crunchy lettuce and tomatoes, topped with their special Japanese sauce and mayonnaise — there you have one extremely satisfying quick bite.