Tsuru Chicken Katsu Sando, Bankside

11 Jan

LOCATION: Tsuru Bankside  (they also have Bishopsgate and Mansion House branches, see website for locations).

PRICE: £4.05

BREAD: Sliced white, nothing fancy. That’s the point.

FILLING: Breaded, deep-fried chicken thigh with tonkatsu sauce, mayo and shredded cabbage.

PROS: This is deep-fried meat in a sandwich so obviously it’s brilliant. The panko crust makes for a really crunchy coating on the strips of juicy chicken thigh meat (breast is also available but I went for thigh as it has more flavour). The chicken is drizzled with sweet, fruity and mildly spiced tonkatsu sauce, which I’m 98% certain I could drink a bucket of. Crunch comes in the form of shredded cabbage, which has the structural balls to stand up to fried chicken. The slick of mayo takes it beyond the deep-fried city walls and further into the nerve centre of  ‘filthy-good’ and the sliced white is exactly the right choice of bread; perfectly bland and ready to receive.

CONS: My most recent sandwich was a bit short on chicken and I would have liked an extra slick of sauce. Minor grumbles.

SCORE: 8/10 

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32 Responses to “Tsuru Chicken Katsu Sando, Bankside”

  1. Food Urchin January 12, 2012 at 11:55 am #

    Liking the new blog Helen (you must be bored, twiddling your thumbs etc etc)

    Will keep an eye on your sandwiches adventures throughout the year.

    Question is, how many sandwiches can a girl get through?

  2. Helen J January 12, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    This new blog makes me wanna live in Londoooon! Good luck with your new venture 🙂

  3. Kavey January 12, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

    Eeee, why would anyone go for breast when thigh is on offer?
    Looks tasty good.
    Wishing worked in central London so could sample the lunchy sandwich delights.
    Of course, I’ll take whatever job I ever get, London or not but central would be nice…

  4. the_junes January 12, 2012 at 3:15 pm #

    I’ve just finished this sandwich and it was totally delicious. Loadsa chicken too.

  5. annie January 12, 2012 at 5:52 pm #

    I sent this to my boyfriend who got this sandwich today and loved it! Looking forward to more reviews!

  6. saki January 12, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

    Great new blog. I look forward to more!

  7. Robert January 12, 2012 at 9:34 pm #

    If only your pics were “scratch n’ sniff” – That’s pure gastro porn. Oh sorry, was you talking about sandwiches! A must do…

  8. Paul January 13, 2012 at 9:54 am #

    What a brilliant idea! Always enjoy your snappy writing style and it’s perfectly suited to this sort of thing. I’m a long standing admirer of the Brindisa sandwich but this one is new to me, must try. Perhaps a Banh Mi review soon?

    • londonreviewofsandwiches January 13, 2012 at 9:59 am #

      Oh yeah, banh mi fo sure. It’s such a shame I didn’t start this blog earlier as I’ve eaten so many amazing sandwiches! Still, now I get to do it all over again so I shouldn’t moan I suppose!

  9. mealandashow January 15, 2012 at 8:21 am #

    what a great blog! If there’s anywhere fantastic in the liverpool street area, I’d love to know about it – it seems a choice between the chains (pret, eat, M&S…) and a ‘proper’ sit down meal. Exception is those lovely people at streetkitchen, but that’s street food rather than a sandwich, and a sandwich is what’s called for sometimes…

    Also – shameless plug for my blog here – follow this link for what is indisputably the best sandwich in London, and possibly the UK.
    http://mealandashow.com/2012/01/13/the-worlds-greatest-bagel-recipe/

    • londonreviewofsandwiches January 15, 2012 at 9:13 am #

      Er, this sandwich is available in the Liverpool St branch of Tsuru! It’s on Bishopsgate. Check it out!

      • mealandashow January 15, 2012 at 9:23 am #

        Didn’t realise there was a branch! Will do.

      • londonreviewofsandwiches January 15, 2012 at 9:26 am #

        It’s sort of set back from the road which is why you probably didn’t realise! It’s up the steps into a sort of tower block – there’s a sign at the bottom though so hopefully you’ll find it. Good luck!

      • mealandashow January 17, 2012 at 10:58 pm #

        I did check it out… although I had the bento rather than the sandwich. Very nice indeed (although I think StreetKitchen remains my absolute favourite for lunch in the area) – good call.

      • londonreviewofsandwiches January 18, 2012 at 7:46 am #

        Great, glad you enjoyed it (even though you didn’t have the sandwich?!). Where is Street Kitchen?

      • mealandashow January 18, 2012 at 8:25 am #

        They’re in a van on finsbury avenue square (near the ‘glass cube’ Gaucho). Awesome food; the crispy chicken is a particular favourite. More info at http://www.streetkitchen.co.uk (I have no connection to these guys other than being a regular customer btw!)

      • londonreviewofsandwiches January 18, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

        Fantastic, thanks!

  10. Chris Pople January 15, 2012 at 11:25 am #

    For your next review, I’d like to humbly point you towards the Brass Rail in Selfridge’s Food Hall. Unique, tasty and not too expensive – I think you’ll love it

    • The Grubworm January 18, 2012 at 9:05 am #

      I’ve been wanting to get down to Tsuru for ages and a katsu sarnie would be very welcome. But… why not thigh? Madness! Do they do pork katsu sarnies? Now that really would get my juices flowing.

      • londonreviewofsandwiches January 18, 2012 at 4:24 pm #

        THEY DO THEY DO! No idea why I didn’t have that to be honest. Probably worried people would take the piss…

  11. Grumblemouse January 19, 2012 at 5:49 pm #

    That is pretty much my favorite sandwich in the area – I had one today but with chicken breast – the slightest bit dry so I might try the thigh next time.

    • londonreviewofsandwiches January 19, 2012 at 6:42 pm #

      Hey Grumbles. Yeah! More love for the katsu sando! My thigh version was nice and juicy so get yourself back for one of those for sure.

  12. Gourmet Fetish Girl February 3, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    I’ve heard about Tsuru’s 8 hour katsu curry and this sandwich looks divine!! You have made my mundane work day amazing!

  13. S6000 September 30, 2013 at 11:58 pm #

    doesn’t look remotely like a katsu sando you’d get in Japan… looks odd http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a3/KatsuSando6515.jpg

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