Thursday, May 21, 2020

Take-Out Review: Cafe Hiro - Cypress

If you’ve never been to Cafe Hiro, believe it or not, now is the time to go, especially during lunch on a weekday.

It’s the only time you can try this beauty of a meal: Menchi Katsu.

What is Menchi Katsu?

It’s basically a ball of seasoned ground beef that’s been breaded and deep-fried.

Imagine if someone crossbred a juicy hamburger patty with an onion ring.

Eaten with a zippy tonkatsu sauce (think A1 but better) and a bracing hot mustard (think Grey Poupon but sharper), what you get is an experience unlike any other.

The beef is loosely packed, so it melts in your mouth like a meatloaf while contrasted by that crunchy deep fried crust.

And although you’re essentially eating an amount of meat equivalent to six Double-Doubles, it’s actually an amazingly light dish.

This dish also proves that you can’t have too much starch on one plate.

It comes with not one but three kinds of starches: a warm scalloped potato; a cold pasta salad; and steamed rice.

I mean look at it! That covers ALL the carbohydrates on the food pyramid!

But that’s not to say you don’t get your vegetables, too. Not pictured is a green salad paired with their signature ginger dressing.

Also, let’s not forget the shredded cabbage under the katsu, which you know if you’ve eaten katsu before, isn’t garnish; it’s an essential part of the dish.

And right now, if you order this lunch, which retails for $13.95, you also get a free dessert, something that would not normally happen at Cafe Hiro before the pandemic.

So call ahead, go to Cypress, and take a long lunch break. I mean, you are working from home anyway, aren’t you?

Cafe Hiro
10509 Valley View St
Cypress, CA 90630


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