‘Datzzang Donkas’ (댓짱돈까스) is an trendy restaurant specializing in Japanese style pork cutlet tonkatsu. The establishment has a unique name which sets it apart from other tonkatsu restaurants. As of November 2014, the restaurant will celebrate its 1 year anniversary.
It is located near Mansuk Park almost across from the concert pavilion. It is on the second floor above a galmegisal restaurant. Therefore, patrons can sit at a window on a warm summer day and relax. Park picnic-ers, city bikers, and the always active Korean grandmas and grandpas make for a pleasant background to the dining experience. The restaurant incorporates a finer atmosphere with jazz playing in the background. The owners put a lot of thought into the decor, which may change depending on the season.
Being a tonkatsu restaurant, the menu consists of 4 main entrées with slight variations of the set choice. The two main entrées are the pork serloin (등심) and the pork tenderloin (안심). The loin is the back muscle region of the pig, which is the leanest meat. Serloin typically comes from the upper hip. While the tenderloin would be the front. It is considered to be more tender (as the name implies), but the tastes may be similar. Additionally, chicken and fish cutlet are also on the menu to accommodate all preferences.
Taking that first bite of the pork tenderloin (안심) and you will be in hog heaven. It is a meaty slice of pork. While the crust is extra flaky and crisp, the meat is soft and juicy for a fair appeasing balance. Of course, there is a side dish of tonkatsu sauce for dipping pleasure. As soggy tonkatsu is just regrettable.
Before leaving, ask either one of the owners Su-young or Cal for the story behind the name ‘Datzzang’. They’ll be pleased to talk about it with you.
장안구 송죽동 456-15번지 2층
Open 11:30am – 9:30pm, Closed on Mondays.