Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Tonkatsu Bistro by Ma Maison (Westgate)

Believe it or not, tonkatsu is actually an adaptation of the Western deep-fried breaded chicken. The Japanese adopted this cooking technique in the 19th century, replacing chicken with pork. The Japanese tonkatsu has grown to become one of the world's favorite foods. 

Established food critic, Ladyironchef, says Tonkatsu by Ma Maison "has one of the best, if not the best tonkatsu in Singapore". Let's go and find out how true that it. 



At Tonkasu by Ma Maison, there is no lack of variety when it comes to tonkatsu.  There is the classic Rosu/Hire Katsu, Iroiro Katsu if you feel like sampling a little of everything or Ebi Katsu for seafood lovers. There are also options to have your katsu in the form of Katsu Don or Katsu Curry. 



I took up the staff's recommendation and ordered Rosu Negi Shio Lemon Katsu from the Chef's Recommendation menu and I was not disappointed. The tender meat is breaded and fried till a beautiful golden color. Rosu is Japanese for pork loin, a meat known for its fattiness but most of the fats has already been used up during the frying process. Hire is Japanese for pork fillet which is leaner, perfect for those who are health-conscious. Served with copious amount of onions and radish, it is best eaten dipped in salt (shio) and lemon, the saltiness and tanginess compliments the tender meat perfectly. 


I am not at all impressed with the dessert of jelly which is pretty much tasteless. If it were me, I would have had mochi ice-cream or green tea tiramisu. 

I have not eaten enough to conclude if Tonkatsu by Ma Maison serves the best tonkatsu in Singapore, but it's definitely better than many places. 

Tonkatsu by Ma Maison
Address: 3 Gateway Drive, Westgate #04-06
Telephone: 65659556

Tonkatsu by Ma Maison 
Address: 333A Orchard Road, Mandarin Gallery #02-35/36
Telephone: 67334541

Tonzaemon Tonkatsu & Sake Bar 
Address: 30 Victoria Street, Chijmes #01-09
Telephone: 63385907

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