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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.
One of Sawtelle’s premiere katsu shops has relocated to Beverly Grove. Not much has changed about their menu, which is still filled with various katsu sandos, bentos, and Japanese curries topped with your choice of either chicken katsu, deep-fried prawns, egg omelets, or their signature pork katsu - a golden brown behemoth made from 25 thinly stacked layers of sliced pork, which are coated in panko batter then deep fried to perfection. Is there an official cap on how many of these we can order? Available for takeout and delivery..