Maisen Tonkatsu

Restaurant Japan, Tokyo, Shibuya, 2 Chome−24−1, LIVING HOUSE. 西武渋谷店, 東急東横店西館9F Published on: 06-04-2016

11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
18.00 - 36.00 USD

Maisen Tonkatsu is good for

Good for family with kids Family with kids Good
Good for senior Senior Good
Good for couple Couple Good
Good for solo Solo Good
Good for group Group Good
  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Maisen has been known for serving tonkatsu since 1965, located in a former World War II public bathhouse, thus you can still appreciate some of the original design details and high ceilings which stand through the test of time.

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Why Maisen Tonkatsu is special ?

Tonkatsu is deep-fried breaded pork cutlet which originated in Japan in the 19th century. There are two main types, hire (fillet) and rosu (loin, more fatty), often served with shredded cabbage, sometimes used as a sandwich filling or in curry.

Their signature is the kurobuta pork, also known as the Japanese black pork from the Berkshirepork pigs known for its fine meat fibers and juicy flavors.

BUT, look out for their specially reared and locally sourced pork brands such as Amai-Yuwaku and Tokyo-X, available in limited quantities per day. Much more pricey of course.

The Kurobuta Loin Pork Cutlet (set at 2,600 yen, SGD$29.60) was revolutionary – crispy yet so tender the meat could almost be cut with chopsticks.

The Maisen tonkotsu is said to contain four distinctive features: fat-rich meat with finest sweetness; fine meat texture; tenderness that melts in your mouth; and deep, delicious taste.

The Grand Mix Set (1790 yen, SGD$20.40) is great if you would like to try a bit of everything – Kurobuta bite-size pork fillet cutlet, with minced meat cutlet, deep fried tiger prawn, and cream prawn croquette.

For tonkatsu lovers, you need to visit Maisen Tonkatsu both for its historical significance and taste.


Selling points

  • Best Ever Tonkatsu
  • Worth every single calorie
  • Perfect for a group booking
  • Sweet sauce of black pig
  • Delicious pork


  • Noise level Normal
  • Budget High-end
  • Alcohol YES
  • Air condition YES
  • Had kid menu NO
  • Accept credit card YES
  • Serve breakfast NO
  • Serve halal NO
  • Serve vegeterian NO
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Japan, Tokyo, Shibuya, 2 Chome−24−1, LIVING HOUSE. 西武渋谷店, 東急東横店西館9F

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Tips for you

  • Tonkatsu Maisen is known to be one of the best places to go to for port cutlet.
  • Go for it but get there early for lunch because the quantity is limited but worth every Yen you pay extra for
  • To get there, get out of omote sando metro and look for cafe anniversairre. Walk down and turn right at the first small road and look for the maisen sign on the lamp posts. Follow the direction on the sign and you will reach the restaurant on your left.
  • After the meal some attentive and helpful restaurant staff ordering a taxi for you
  • There's free flow of cabbage and rice too, just ask for the staff and they will top it up for you.
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TripAdvisor View more

Unfortunately we went to the branch on the ninth floor of the department store. This is where the famous Scramble of cross/walking takes place outside. So, this location doesn't have the nice ambience as the other location. I've been eating tonkatsu for decades and make it at home several times a year. I respect the pork quality here and the chef's use of panko I doubt to ever master. I do prefer my sauce, however. I would not order the loin again, too fatty. My wife's fillet was better. Each cost ¥3100 but you can order cheaper. You probably don't need the vaunted dark pork. After dinner do cross the street during the scramble. Then take escalator up one flight to Starbucks, no need to buy anything.

TripAdvisor View more

This restaurant's tonkatsu was really good, the pork was very very soft, the crumbs were perfect they are flaky and not overcooked, this tonkatsu was so soft that I could cut the pork with ease using a chopstick, the sauce was just stunning, tastes very homemade, the salad dressing was amazing, and I love how the sauces, dressing and other flavour enhancements are neatly and conveniently packed on the tableside. The croquette outer piece had the same texture as the tonkatsu, and the inside was a creamy potato mash, yum! Staff were super friendly and attentive, the atmosphere is a nice busy but quiet restaurant.

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