I can’t keep up with so many new restos popping up lately. As they say, so many restos, so little time, and just one tummy to fill. Whenever we’re in SM North Edsa, we usually eat at the usual places. But when I saw Maisen, I knew that I had to try this, I’m just waiting for a special occasion. Finally, my birthday came and it’s a Maisen dinner for us.
Maisen is one of the finest tonkatsu restaurant in Japan and Ben Chan brought it here in Manila. The facade is really warm and inviting.
We came a tad early for dinner and yet the place is already full. A good sign that Maisen can please us.
Cold towels, complimentary tea, and miso soup were immediately brought to our tables while we browsed their menu. I thought to myself that it’s slightly pricier compared to Yabu so they’d better be good.
Cheese Minced Pork Katsu Set comes with rice, cabbage, pickles, fruits, and miso soup. Yes, it’s overflowing with miso soup because it’s refillable as well as the cabbage. I enjoyed the miso soup because of the generous amount of miso, tofu bits, and wakame.
These are perfect! The minced pork and melted cheese gave a stark contrast from the crunchy outer layer.
Jeff, the curry lover, predictably ordered the Tenderloin Katsu Curry Set.
Tenderloin Katsu Curry Set comes with rice, salad, fruits, pickle and miso soup. Honestly, I can’t find any difference between Maisen’s katsu from the other famous katsu resto. Both are tender and juicy for me.
But what makes this katsu curry set stand out is the Japanese curry sauce. Spiced just right even Gwen got to eat the katsu mixed with curry sauce.
Of course, Filipinos love to eat while mixing different kinds of sauces and Maisen provided enough condiments to satisfy our tastes.
The two ceramic jars are for your katsu, Amakuchi (the sweet sauce) and Karakuchi (the Worcestershire sauce). I prefer the sweet sauce. While the two tall containers are dressings for your cabbage.
It’s Roasted Sesame dressing for me!
The staff at Maisen are really attentive and are always ready to refill your soup, water, and salad. Plus points because they have a comfort room inside the resto. Arigatou gozaimasu Maisen for making my birthday extra special.
Maisen SM North Edsa
Ground Floor beside St. Marc Cafe