Inaba Tonkatsu Wakou
Tonkatsu (ton=pork + katsu=cutlet) or fried breaded pork cutlet dishes (better than it sounds) can be found throughout Japan as can this chain of restaurants using American pork. The Akishima branch with wax models outside and English menu inside is next to Kentucky Fried Chicken in the outdoor section of MoriTown leading to Akishima station. Smoking seemed to be prohibited.
The Pork Cutlet with Salad Special for ¥1,480 comes with shredded cabbage salad, miso soup, rice, pickles, a drink, and sherbet or ice cream. “Steamed egg hotch potch,” also known as chawan mushi or a custard appetizer is also available; salad dressings are a light Caesar or Perilla Leaf (the broad green shiso leaf sometimes in tempura).
The small set is ¥1,050 and if you don’t care for pork yourself, there is also a fried shrimp set for ¥1,350. The twin variety set (for two) is ¥3,200.
DIRECTIONS: To get to MoriTown mall, turn right out the East Gate and drive about 3.3km. Turn right into the yellow MoriTown parking garage. When paying for your meal, be sure to get your parking card validated; if you come in a group, keep the cards separate, as each card is vehicle specific. Website: Although prices are not shown and the text is Japanese, you can check out pictures of the menu through www.r-wako.com/ by hitting the first brown tab on the left and scrolling downward. Hours: daily from 11am-9pm. Telephone: 042-544-0890
Buffet Grand China
Across the street from MoriTown proper, near the entrance to the Movix theatre, and accessible through a second floor walkover, is this restaurant consisting of a buffet layout including a ramen corner and dim sum station next to a salad and dessert section.
Lunch costs adults ¥1,449 and most children ¥840. Children under three are free anytime, while those from 3 to 5 years old are ¥525. The charge for the non-alcoholic drink bar with various teas and soft drinks is ¥210. The dinner buffet costs adults ¥1,780 and children ¥1,260. Alcoholic dinner drinks including the soft drink bar is ¥1,260 for men and ¥945 for women. Please note some of the dishes are spicy.
Directions: To get to MoriTown mall, turn right out the East Gate and drive about 3.3km. Turn right into the yellow MoriTown parking garage. When paying for your meal, be sure to get your parking card validated; if you come in a group, keep the cards separate, as each card is vehicle specific. Website: www.buffet.jp/china. Hours: Lunch 11am-4pm, Dinner 5:30-10:00pm. Telephone: 042-549-7750