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“Tasty katsu, excellent setting” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Tonkatsu Maisen Aoyama Honten

Tonkatsu Maisen Aoyama Honten
4-8-5 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo Prefecture
+81 120-428-485
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Ranked #19 of 4,553 Restaurants in Shibuya
4.5 of 5 stars 146 Reviews
Price range: $8 - $33
Cuisines: Japanese
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“Tasty katsu, excellent setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

If you love katzu (crispy deep fried pork cutlets breaded in panko) you have to try this Tokyo institution in the Omote-Sando area. Just a short walk from the Omote-Sando metro stop, down some very pretty alleys, you will find this large, 60s-70s style building. The entrance leads to a counter seating area, followed by a large dining room with tables. The interior is an appealing throwback to times gone by. The food is excellent; you will get katzu, rice and soup, as well as cabbage, grated radish and plenty of sauces. The meal will end with a small gelato and tea. There are select cuts of pork on offer in limited quantities, but standard issue varieties are just as delicious. The restaurant is set in a lovely neighborhood for strolling and shopping and is a ten minute walk from Shibuya, so it’s perfect as an after dinner sightseeing walk.

Visited August 2013
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“Don't talk on Tonkatsu without going to here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

In Tokyo, you can see many Tonkatsu (fried pork cutlet) restaurant everywhere.
It is very popular food.
All of my friends, colleagues came from US and Europe love Tonkatsu.
You can see many popular restaurants in guide books.
But I believe, this, "Maisen" is one of best.
Once you enjoyed their crispy outside layer and tender meat inside, you can't forget it.
It must be unforgettable experience in Tokyo.

Unfortunatelly, they don't have English menu. But some staff can speak English (not fluent, but it is enough to suggest recommendation and get order).
In lunch time, long queue will welcome you!
But after eating nice Tonkatsu, you must forget how long you had been waiting.
Most challenging point for foreigners, is location. It is located in backstreet of Omitesando.
Please check it in Google Map.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Ultimate tonkatsu in Tokyo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

You see tonkatsu places all over Japan, so I suppose it's one of their most popular dishes, but the kurobuta black pork version at Maisen is in another league altogether. We discovered Maisen by accident, while walking around Harajuku station looking for somewhere to eat. We decided to explore the small village-y roads in back of the high street, and we were so happy we did. After you get past the See's Chocolate shop, just keep walking and you will find this large-ish restaurant. Anyway, back to the pork cutlet, which was melt in the mouth tender, with a light crumb coating so flaky, fine and light that to call it simple panko would not be describing it properly. This panko you cannot buy at an Asian food store or grocery. Incredibly fine and almost ethereal, it has to be made in-house. There are different types of pork on the menu but if you are just visiting Japan as a tourist, may as well go the whole hog and get the super-prime Okita Kurobuta black pork, rosu (loin cut). It is the best pork you will ever eat. I went back a second time and had the katsudon, which was also good, but the tonkatsu was definitely the winner, as the katsudon goes soggy with the egg and sauce served with it, and therefore you miss the whole point of the perfectly crisp and light crumb coating. Anyway, if you are a food person/food traveller, you owe it to yourself to check this out. You know the japanese--when they focus on something, they get it down to sublime perfection.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Best Tonkatsu I've tasted”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

Price-wise, it was really really affordable. If you're going for the black pork tonkatsu, be prepared to pay up to 20USD, but the basic normal pork loin Tonkatsu was 10USD for a whole set and worth every penny.

The food was amazing. It wasn't oily at all, yet the meat was still tender and the layerings crunchy.

Don't miss out on this, there's most probably a queue during lunch hour, but it will be worth it.

Waiting staff were very helpful and friendly. The only drawback might be that it's tough to find, but once you find it, you can have a nice good walk around the Omotesando backstreets with all the nice small shops.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Tonkatsu heaven”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

My husband and I just accidentally saw arrows leading us to Maisen and oh were we glad we followed them! The tonkatsu was very delicious without being oily. I didn't feel guilty at all eating fried pork! :) The waiters were very friendly and tried their best (it gets really busy in this restaurant). Highly recommended. I bought one of their salt & spice products and I put in almost everything I eat at home!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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