Tokyo eats: Maisen Tonkatsu

Days before our Tokyo trip, I was craving for some really good Tonkatsu.  The Man kinda ignored my request citing that we could get better ones in Japan.  Well, I couldn’t really fault him for thinking that way.  I wasn’t really contented going back to the one that we used to visit so I went on a ‘hunt’ on google in search for new places to try out.  Stumbled upon this ‘Tokyo’s Best Tonkatsu” list compiled by Lady Iron Chef and shortlisted 2 of the 5 : Kimukatsu (you had me at Cheese, Yuzu Pepper and Sour Plum flavours) as well as Maisen Tonkatsu.

We eventually settled on the latter since the former wasn’t opened on Sunday and the latter was located near some of the shopping places that the Man wanted to check out.

IMG_2289Located behind Omotesando Hills somewhere in Aoyama is where Maisen Tonkatsu is located.  This is the main branch and they have several ones located around Tokyo but this one is pretty special as the restaurant is located in a former World War II public bath-house.  The restaurant doesn’t take reservations and I hear that the line fills up pretty quick, so we decided on a light breakie and head early to join the queue. IMG_2279We arrived at about 10.50am and just beat the long queues.  Phew!  Table seating is available for bigger groups or if you don’t mind, being seated at the counter is also a quick way to beat the queue.  😉 IMG_2280


They have an English menu (with pictures) so not to worry if you don’t understand any Japanese.  We went for the Okita Kurobuta Fried Pork Loin menu (¥3,780) which comes with its very own special tonkatsu sauce.  It’s a little pricier than the other restaurants that we’ve been to but it was worth it!

IMG_2287The pork cutlet was juicy, the batter was light and crispy.  I really don’t like deep-fried pork cutlets that leave a greasy after-taste but this was so good.. the kind that just melts in your mouth is really the best way to describe it.  I opted the smaller cut while the Man went for the regular-sized menu.   The set comes with a bowl of rice, pickles, a bowl of Tonjiri soup (miso soup with cabbage, carrots and pork slices), the Tonkatsu served on a heap of cabbage (which is refillable upon request).

IMG_2284We also had an additional order of Fried Kaki (oysters) – ¥240 per piece and it was delicious!  Japanese oysters are a lot creamier so this fried version topped with some lemon juice was a perfect accompaniment to the meal and we headed off to the shops with happy bellies!  🙂

Maisen Tonkatsu
Address: 4-8-5 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Telephone: +81 3 3470 0071
Daily: 11am – 10pm

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