Experiencing Japan’s finest tonkatsu restaurant: Maisen

maisen-3Joining in on the tonkatsu craze here in Manila is Japan’s finest tonkatsu restaurant: Maisen. Even by just looking at it from afar, its place shines golden. Making a name for itself for decades now, let’s see how fine this restaurant really is.

maisen-2maisen-7maisen-8maisen-4maisen-6Its interiors are pretty straightforward and simple. Just enough for one to focus on their dishes yet still have a comfortable dining experience.

Complimentary Cold Rice Tea
Complimentary Cold Rice Tea

maisen-rice-teaThis was their complimentary rice tea which had a nice roasty feel to it. Good to cleanse one’s palate

Prawn Katsu Set (P 495)
Prawn Katsu Set (P 495)

maisen-prawn-katsu-set-1You know how sometimes the photo on the menu really entices you to get it? And then you find out that the actual thing doesn’t match to it. This was an exception. This Prawn Katsu Set looked very much like the one in the menu (and better too since it’s real. Haha). Got a taste of this and I must say, every bite was prawn-filled. It was just good. You really get your money’s worth on this. 😉

Pork Sukiyaki Set (P 520)
Pork Sukiyaki Set (P 520)

maisen-pork-sukiyaki-set-1maisen-pork-sukiyaki-set-2maisen-pork-sukiyaki-set-3I was really expecting a bowl of soup. I was just used to this being as such (go figure why). But I soon found out that it’s actually a dish served in a hot pot. And boy was it yummy! The pork pieces were so tender and the base was very flavorful. It was served with a cute piece of tenderloin katsu.

Kurobuta Tenderloin Katsu Set (P 630)
Kurobuta Tenderloin Katsu Set (P 630)

maisen-kurobuta-tenderloin-katsu-set-1maisen-kurobuta-tenderloin-katsu-set-2maisen-kurobuta-tenderloin-katsu-set-5maisen-kurobuta-tenderloin-katsu-set-4A must on everyone’s order when dining here is of course, getting one of their tonkatsu sets. For that night, something grand was a requirement. Having their Kurobuta Tenderloin Katsu Set fit in perfectly. The pork was so tender and really had no fat in it. It really goes to show the high quality meat, which was Black Bershire from the U.S., was used for this dish. As for the sauce, it was paired with Kurobuta Sauce which was made from freshly grated apples. It had slight kicks of heat but it paired well with the natural sweetness of the fruit. I just wondered why it was served cold but I didn’t mind it in the end. All the additions on this set just worked perfectly. Yes, it is expensive but every bite was absolutely wonderful. 😀

maisenmaisen-1So how fine was this restaurant? From a rating of 1 to 10 (10 being the highest), it gets a 100! 😀 Hahaha. But seriously, we truly got to have our money’s worth here. Service was good. And of course, the dishes are just divine. The line could get long especially if you’re part of a big group. In case you want to take some home, they do have a take-out counter. Place is a bit small if you dine inside while the al fresco area offers more space for its budding diners. And if you can tell, yeah, I became a fan. Not advisable for everyday meals (hello budget!) but perfect for family gatherings and friendly bondings.

Maisen
G/F Greenbelt 5,
Ayala Center, Makati City
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MaisenPH
Instagram: https://instagram.com/maisenph/

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