From a Scale of Classic to Modern: Japanese Creations by Maisen

by - Monday, May 13, 2019

Maisen is a famous restaurant from Japan known for their pork tonkatsu. But though this restaurant prides itself with its delicious tonkatsu recipe, they are also home to a lot of other no-fail Japanese dishes, both classic and modern. 

Tenderloin Katsu Curry Set P395
Let's begin with the more commonly ordered dish, if not just the plain, kurobuta tonkatsu or katsudon, people tend to go for the katsu curry, and Maisen's is definitely different from the ones I usually have. Maisen's curry mixture is a bit on the sweet and mild side. I'm not sure if you can ask for them to adjust its spice level (like in other restaurants), but what I liked about it was that it wasn't too overwhelming. You can enjoy it without getting your tastebuds numb.

Tenderloin Katsu Sandwich
Ebi Katsu Sandwich
I liked the ebi katsu sandwich better than the tenderloin katsu version just because I liked the taste of shrimp better (in general). But since I'm not really a fan of bread, I see myself ordering katsu sets instead of the sandwiches in the future. The combination of bread and katsu just really isn't for me.

Pork Hamburg
Now we go to their newest offerings - beginning with the more classic Japanese dish, the pork hamburg. This is a steamed pork patty with breadcumbs in the mixture, which makes the patty more tender as it cooks. It's a bit weird that the meat seems to be falling apart when broken into, but it's just how it's supposed to be. An order is also served with a demiglace made of wine, and a side of vegetables. 

Katsu Doria

Now we go to one of my absolute favorites - the katsu doria. It's a special curry rice cooked with butter, topped with a mixture of melted mozzarella, cheddar, and cream, and cheese-filled tonkatsu. I like to compare the texture of the rice to a risotto. It's a bit sticky (but not mushy), although this one is less creamy and therefore less tiring to the tastebuds. I also really liked how the light taste of the curry just complemented so well with everything else. 

Aburi Cheese Katsuni
Let's end with this with a bang - the best for last, which is the aburi cheese katsuni. It's like a tweaked version of a katsudon where the tonaktasu is cooked in a light, sweet soy sauce, topped with egg and onions, except that this one also has cheese in it. It may not seem like much in the photo. Believe me, none of us saw it coming, but the flavors altogether was just heavenly. I'd certainly go back for this one. 

Check out their new offerings below!

My Scores:
Pricing - 4/5
Service - 4/5
Ambiance - 3.5/5
Taste - 4/5

Hungry for more,

Address: Shangri-La at The Fort, 30th St. corner 5th Ave, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Operating Hours: 11am to 11pm (Mon-Fri); 11am to 10pm (Sat-Sun)
Contact: +632 246-9069
Budget: from P300 per person
Parking: Pay Parking 
Instagram: @maisenph 
Facebook: @MaisenPH 

(Date of Visit: May 10, 2019)

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