Ton & Co
Pork lovers, get the hell excited. Good old Windsor has just opened its doors to Ton & Co. Seriously, can this area get any cooler?
Ton & Co is a modern Japanese eatery that specialises in one thing: perfectly crunchy, crumbed and delicious pork tonkatsu.
What a time to be freaking alive.
Ton & Co is the brainchild of Jason How, an experienced chef and restaurateur, and Andrew Poon, an accountant and food photographer. Both of them bloody love tonkatsu. Go figure. How hails from Malaysia, where his pork steak restaurant ANTE was named ‘Best Place For Meat’. Impressive.
These guys are totally obsessed with pork quality too, which is nice. Local butchers are sourcing the best cuts of Victorian pork, which will then be aged and marinated in-house. Speaking of the house—the fit-out in here is pretty utilitarian. No big flourishes, other than a leather-studded bar. Think Mr Crackles meats Mr Miyagi...with lots of pork.
The main star of the show is the much-loved Japanese-style, panko-crumbed pork cutlet, which comes with your choice of traditional tonkatsu sauce (we recommend) or a rich curry, zesty pickles and a cabbage salad (also a banger).
Don't fancy the crumb-age? No problem. The award-winning signature Pork Ribeye Steak and 18-hour slow-cooked pork ribs are bloody good too. Our advice? Bring the whole fam and order a bunch of different things. It’d be rude not to wrap your mouth around a lil bit of everything.
Whilst pork may be the hero, there’s also a seafood option for all you pesco’s out there, and it’s nothing ordinary. Think perfectly poached salmon with a honey miso glaze, seaweed crust, shiitake mushroom broth and sake steamed leeks. Sweet sides are up for grabs too, including creamy Japanese potato salad, crispy fries and edamame. Wash all of this down with a plum wine or a good old Japanese beer to complete the experience. You’ll be one happy camper.
You can check this place out on High St in Windsor, just near the Chapel St intersection. Just look for the little pig logo out front (and the hoards of hungry tonkatsu fans).
Image credit: Mel Desa