Those who have been to East Asia will be familiar with Saboten, a Japanese chain shop that sells everything related to Tonkatsu. Originating from Shinjuku and with 450 shops in Japan and branches in Hong Kong and Taiwan, it landed in Singapore slightly more than 1 year ago at Changi Airport Terminal 1 and PARCO Marina Bay.
The concept is similar to our Tonkichi restaurants (run by Pokka Food). You order your choice of mains (either Tonkichi crispy pork cutlet or crispy seafood or chicken). The cabbage, miso soup and Japanese rice are all free flow as long as you can finish them.
It's located just 1 floor above T1's Departure level, and from here you can see the hustle and bustle of the airport.
Personally, I find that their cabbage is much better than the ones at Tonkichi. Here, the cabbage are really cold and crisp. Sometimes, I get slightly soggy cabbages from Tonkichi. And we have 2 choices of dressings for the cabbage too: Sesame dressing and Citrus soya dressing.
The Tenderloin Katsu Set (S$22) is one of their best seller, and it's not difficult to see why. The meat is tender and not dry while the crispy crust was not oily at all.
Rice was of good quality too.
We also had the Tenderloin Katsu Curry Set (S$19). It was a very generous serving of curry for that amount of rice. Of course, you could ask for more rice to accompany all that Japanese curry sauce. The pork cutlet was also equally good.
There is something I don't like about the restaurant here, and that is their speed of service. The food took almost 30 minutes to arrive. Perhaps for passengers who are rushing for flights, it may be advisable to give this restaurant a miss. Otherwise, a good choice for a meal.
80 Airport Boulevard,
Departure Check-in Hall
Changi Airport Terminal 1