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Feb 11, 2009 04:06 PM

Maisen Tonkatsu Specialist in Tokyo - Perceptor's Report

the search is over.... my "rosu" special black pork tonkatsu i had at Maisen was the best tonkatsu i have ever had.... Maisen is a very popular place and it does get crowded... their tonkatsu sandwhich is also a best seller... damn good

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  1. He he. I had the hire kurobuta just last night, mmm. As for the tonkatsu sando, that has to be the biggest abomination food-wise ever created. Don't get me started, what a foul creation. And I believe Maisen invented it. Shame on them!

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    1. re: Uncle Yabai

      It's just tonkatsu, sauce and bread. I don't see how the inclusion of bread instantly causes it to rise to the biggest abomination food-wise ever created (especially given how many other awful things exist), but to each his/her own.

      1. re: tjr

        Two things: bread is on the outside, breaking the cardinal rule of "crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside", and worse, it is white bread. If they are going to pick some invention from the white man to create a new dish, couldn't they pick something less pathetic and vile?

        1. re: Uncle Yabai

          I agree with tjr. Yes, to each his/her own, I personally think it is an acceptable dish, not crazy or abominable about it. Macau has a similar thing with a pork chop and a bun on the outside and it is real popular there.

    2. I love Maisen Tonkatsu!
      Last year they became a part of Suntory Limited. I have heard that their quality has slid. I noticed the tonkatsu was thinner, but it still tasted great to me.

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      1. re: Hakone Concierge

        Interesting, I didn't know that. I did notice two things, now that you mention. One is that their menu changed, and is much "rationalized", not necessarily for the better, and second they always used to run out of the kurobuta, but it has been a while since they've ran out.

        Taste-wise, can't tell much of a difference over the last few years. Although there is better tonkatsu out there (e.g. Tonki), I really do like Maisen, conveniently a five minute walk from my house.

      2. I used to hate tonkatsu sandwiches too, but now I've converted.
        even eat the conbini variety.
        best eaten on the shinkansen with can beer.

        1. I just had the Okinawa kurobuta from the Tokyo Daimaru branch for lunch, and I thought it was really lame. The meat was very thin ("and such small portions!"), had no appreciable pork flavor even without sauce, and the sauces were all quite sweet. The pork is also really soft (I didn't know until now that their slogan is "Tonkatsu so soft you can cut it with chopsticks", but it says that on the business cards). The outer fry coat was good, but the inner batter was a little airy, so the whole thing almost seemed like a soft, fluffy tonkatsu cake or tonkatsu donut. Taken as a whole, aside from the cake aspects, it tasted a lot like a conbini katsu sando. I expected a lot more for my Y2100, and it sounds like a different shop than that described above (except the Suntory...quality slid bits).

          I haven't written a longer review yet, but I'm trying to go to tonkatsu places on Tuesdays now. The last few weeks have been better.

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          1. re: jem589

            Weird. Doesn't sound at all like what they serve at the home branch. My Kurobuta has always been thick cut. The sauce while a bit sweet always seems a little more complex than that in taste however I usually use Karashi with my Tonkatsu. Maybe try the home branch? Or you could go to Tonki instead...