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とんかつ まい泉(青山本店) Tonkatsu Maisen Aoyama

  • Kaiseki / Course Tonkatsu (Deep Fried Pork) Rice Bowls
  • Shibuya / Harajuku / Aoyama Area
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  • Price Rangelunch1,000~2,000JPY、dinner4,000~5,000JPY
  • ClosedOpen every day

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Shibuya / Harajuku / Aoyama Area
4-8-5 Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan
  • Kaiseki / Course
  • Tonkatsu (Deep Fried Pork)
  • Rice Bowls
Opening Hours
11:00-22:45(Last order at 22:00)
Open every day
Price Range
Date of post:2016/10/24

Time-honoured tonkatsu restaurant in a trendy place, Omotesando.

Maisen Aoyama is one of the best tonkatsu restaurants in Japan. For those who haven't heard about it, “ton” is pork and “katsu” is cutlet, and is a Japanese dish of deep-fried breaded pork. It's been popular among a wide age range. Although the specialty here is pork, there are a variety of items with sashimi (thinly sliced raw fish) and deep-fried lobster. The price varies depending on the quality of pork, but Maisen offers lots of options, which you might feel overwhelmed by. If your meal contains only pork and you feel it’s a bit heavy, you can choose a set menu such as the daily special (¥990) or the season special (¥1,290) with salad and side dishes. Maisen also serves some lunch menus in a limited quantity, so it might be an idea to choose one of them and try special flavours.

Before cooking, the selected meats are well prepared to make it softer, and bread crumbs and oil are also custom made for this restaurant to make each tonkatsu the best. When you bite tonkatsu, the deep fried batter is crispy and the next texture you’ll feel is soft and juicy meat. It goes well with the special sauce which is placed on each table, and its recipe has been passed down since the restaurant started in the 60s.
The building itself was originally a time-honoured public bathhouse until the 50’s, and the main hall called Seiyo-kan (The western house) features a high ceiling which retains the atmosphere of the time. If you would like to dine at the hall, you can ask the staff, as the table you’ll be shown is random and varies depending on the time frame and how busy it is. It also has a spacious tatami (straw mat) room, which you can experience something more Japanese while eating.
You might have to queue for lunch around noon, but the restaurant provides lunch menu from 11 am to 4 pm, so you can avoid visiting there at the busiest time.

This is a restaurant chain that has 5 restaurants in Tokyo and 10 restaurants in Japan.

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