Maisen is on many “best” foodie lists as the best tonkatsu in Tokyo. So, naturally, we set out on our way to visit the Shibuya area of Tokyo with one goal in mind – find this fabled establishment and try the renowned fried pork cutlet!
We’ve had tonkatsu before, and it always comes on top of a mini rack to let grease drain and let it cool, and served with shredded cabbage and a dipping sauce for the pork and the cabbage. It may not sound like much, but it is really delicious and always served this way.
After searching for a bit, we found Maisen in the Hikarie Shibuya building on the 6th floor. We arrived around 11:30 a.m. And were the third and fourth in line (with a line starting behind us – so great timing).
We were provided an English menu that explained the cuts of pork and the sizes (corresponding with the price), and we had to go with the “No. 1” Kurobuta pork loin set. It was the priciest, but we wanted the best recommendation. We ordered in line, so when we were shown to our seats at the counter, it didn’t take long at all to get our food (and to keep the restaurant turning over in good pace).
The dipping sauce provided, and the extra on our table, was great with the tonkatsu and with the cabbage. We also liked the small touches of tiny mushrooms in the miso soup, and the lightly pickled veg.