Food Reviews

Review: Nara Chicken & Tonkatsu

Nara Chicken and Tonkatsu - Edmonton - Japanese - Korean

There’s a new Korean fried chicken and Japanese tonkatsu spot in town and it is really tasty! Nara Chicken & Tonkatsu is located at 8712 150 Street in west Edmonton and recently opened this summer (end of July).

Nara Chicken and Tonkatsu - Edmonton - Japanese - Korean
Nara Chicken and Tonkatsu at 8712 150 Street west Edmonton.

Nara is a pretty unassuming, casual spot – located in a strip mall and set up (I think) to be more of a order at the front and take home kind of restaurant, though they do have some seating and will take your order from your table if you do decide to eat-in, which our group did when we tried it earlier this month. 

Its straight-forward restaurant name is your main indication of what their food offerings / specialties are! ;)

Nara Chicken and Tonkatsu - Edmonton - Japanese - Korean
Inside Nara Chicken and Tonkatsu!

Korean Fried Chicken (or KFC, not to be confused with North American KFC, lol) is a pretty popular dish (and in past years, has become more popular/more common in Edmonton). Korean Fried Chicken is fried twice – so you can usually expect a crispier skin with this type of KFC. 

Tonkatsu is a popular Japanese dish where meats (typically pork or chicken) is breaded and deep fried. 

Nara has quite a few different options for both chicken and tonkatsus. Nara’s fried chicken options include half and whole size seasoned chicken, spicy chicken, grilled chicken, and chicken fingers. Their tonkatsu offerings include pork sirloin, pork tenderloin, “pizza” tonkatsu with pork and cheese, minced pork tonkatsu and a sirloin + tenderloin combo. 

In addition to these specialties, Nara also offers a ramen (Japanese) dish and various bulgogi and bibimbap (also Korean) dishes, plus gyoza dumplings, homemade pickled vegetables, and other small appetizers and desserts (including mochi ice cream and rice puffs). 

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A view of the menu from Nara Chicken & Tonkatsu.

There was four of us that night so we each selected a dish to share with the table, plus a gyoza appetizer!

At Nara Chicken & Tonkatsu, we ordered: 

Nara Chicken and Tonkatsu - Edmonton - Japanese - Korean
The tenderloin Tonkatsu from Nara.

The Nara Tenderloin Tonkatsu ($14.99) – deep fried pork tenderloin with Nara special sauce, pickled cabbage, and your choice of rice or french fries (which on the menu, is lovingly referred to as ‘F.F’ lol). 

Nara Chicken and Tonkatsu - Edmonton - Japanese - Korean
The ‘Pizza’ Tonkatsu from Nara!

The Nara ‘Pizza’ Tonkatsu ($15.99) – deep fried pork sirloin with Nara special sauce and cheese, pickled cabbage, and your choice of rice or french fries. 

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Nara Spicy Chicken (with spice on the side!)

The Nara Spicy Chicken (full size – $26.99) with tasty hot sauce on the side. 

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The Bulgogi from Nara!

The Nara Bulgogi Noodle plate ($13.99) – thinly sliced beef with Nara special sauce, vegetables, glass (japchae) noodles and kimchi. 

Nara Chicken and Tonkatsu - Edmonton - Japanese - Korean
Excellent gyoza from Nara!
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A close-up of the delicious gyoza filling.

12 pc. Gyoza ($9.99). (You can also get a 6 pc. plate for $5.49 but $9.99 is so reasonable for this delicious gyoza you might as well just spring for the 12 pc. 

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And a bibimbap to round out the meal!

And the Nara Bibimbap Spicy ($12.99) – seasoned beef, pan-broiled vegetables, fried egg, sesame oil and spicy sauce. 

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And then we feasted! 

We had such a great meal at Nara. It was really casual, really comfortable, and really tasty. The stand-out dishes, understandably since they’re in the name, was the chicken and tonkatsu, which both had great, crispy texture and flavours. The interesting ‘pizza’ tonkatsu with cheese though could have been oozier, was really good.

The bulgogi and bibimbap were good but not necessarily the best, and wouldn’t be dishes I would come to Nara for specifically. The gyoza though, was fantastic, however not made in house. I also wondered why Japanese curry (which typically comes with a tonkatsu protein) wasn’t an option on the menu – as it seems like an obvious choice for tonkatsu offerings. (I personally LOVE Japanese curry. Kazoku Ramen, also in West Edmonton, makes some really good curry dishes). 

Also, the plates at Nara are so cute! 

 

Our server was really friendly and very sweet and in addition to the great-tasting dishes, Nara Chicken & Tonkatsu is also pretty affordable. The bibimbap and bulgogis are in the $12.99-$13.99 range, the tonkatsu in the $12.99-$24.99 range (the $24.99 dish is the combination of sirloin and tenderloin), and the fried chicken half sizes are $13.99-$14.99 and whole sizes $24.99-$26.99. 

Nara Chicken & Tonkatsu is a wonderful addition to the neighbourhood! I’m told that there have been a few different (unfortunately unsuccessful) businesses in that same space over the years, so fingers crossed Nara is the one that sticks.

Our whole group was really happy with the meal and the experience and will definitely be back! I can also see it being a place we stop by on our way home for quick take-out. 

So have you been to Nara? What did you think?! Leave a comment below or let me know on social media. 

Linda

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Linda Hoang is an Edmonton blogger who writes about food, travel, lifestyle/events and pets. She's also a social media/digital specialist with a journalism background. Linda is in love with her city and loves exploring and promoting Edmonton and other places she visits with her husband Mike. Linda is also the founder of the Edmonton International Cat Festival (and has 2 cats herself, along with 2 dogs).

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2 Comments

  • Ellie Woo

    Hi! Linda
    This is Ellie from Nara chicken and Tonkatsu.
    I would like to thank you for your advice.
    I add Curry Tonkatsu on my manu.
    Thank you & have a nice day!

    • Linda Hoang

      Awesome!!! Thanks Ellie I can’t wait to come back and try it! 💕💕

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