Tuesday, January 5, 2016

First Bite: Maisen

Last Christmas, I gave you my heart. But the very next day, you just made me fat. Yep, it was the season to get fatty two weeks ago and I have done nothing but munch, chew and munch some more. And when I was invited to tag along to visit this "most famous" katsu place (in Japan), I just couldn't say no. 

Hello, Maisen!
The place looks a lot classier than the other restaurants in SM Megamall. Not sure if it was the yellow lights but the ambiance sure was nicer.
There were a lot of katsu to choose from. R went with Maisen's bestseller Kurobuta Tenderloin Katsu Set (PHP630) while I ordered the Salmon Katsu Set (PHP550). Both comes with cabbage, rice, miso soup, pickle set and fruits. 
It took about 20 minutes or so to prepare our orders so I was quite famished when my dish arrived.
First one served was R's Kurobuta Tenderloin Katsu and it was perfectly golden brown. 
The set includes a katsu sauce specially paired with kurobuta. It was slightly thicker and lumpier than the sauce from other katsu places. 
And it was good! The katsu itself was great too. Crisp and juicy! It was one lean kurobuta! 
The salmon katsu, on the other hand, was served with tartar sauce. I drizzled it with some lemon juice for a bit of zest and... it tasted even better!
The breading was as golden and crisp as kurobuta and the salmon was undeniably fresh. It was also served piping hot so I was cautious with each bite.
I also enjoyed all the side dishes with finished everything with a bit of room to spare for BLK513's most talked about activated charcoal infused frozen yogurt

Overall, it was a good and filling meal. Maisen's katsu sets are definitely pricier than its competitors but delivers delightful meals. However, I'm still loyal to Yabu. Sorry, Maisen. 

Maisen is located at 3rd Floor, Mega A, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City.  

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