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Kimukatsu, a pork cutlet specialist, recently relocated their only US location from Sawtelle to Beverly Blvd., bringing with it some of the only pork katsu, sandos, and Japanese curry you’ll find in Beverly Grove. The cutlet itself has a thin, perfectly-crispy panko crust that compliments the savoriness of the meat without drying it out. The atsuyaki egg omelet sando is light and the ideal thing to be eating as the sun beats down on you in the park. If it’s a cooler day out, though, go for the curry. The broth is rich, earthy, and gravy-like, and if you dish out a couple extra bucks, they’ll happily dial the spice up for you.
If you heard a roar of ecstasy in the distance this past week, that was me finding out that Kimukatsu, the pork cutlet specialist on Sawtelle, had relocated their only US location to Beverly Grove. Having this excellent Japanese spot that much closer to my house felt like retribution for not winning the PowerBall jackpot. Needless to say, I went all-out ordering a few different sandwiches, a katsu curry bowl, and an a la carte pork cutlet. The cutlet itself had a thin, perfectly-crispy panko crust that complimented the savoriness of the meat without drying it out. The atsuyaki egg omelet sando is light, but fulfilling, and works great for a quick midweek lunch. But the biggest highlight was without question the rich, gravy-like curry. I splurged and spent an extra $3 to get it at the highest level of spiciness possible, and I don’t regret it. The heat was perfectly dialed up and paired ideally with the sweetness. I also don’t regret drinking it directly from the takeout container.