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Tonkatsu by Ma Maison

The Japanese style of cooking that coats pork in breadcrumbs, fries it, and serves it with rice and side sauces was alien to me, yet also strangely familiar

by / Published: 9 Sep 2014

Tonkatsu by Ma Maison

I hadn’t tried tonkatsu before last week. The Japanese style of cooking that coats pork in breadcrumbs, fries it, and serves it with rice and side sauces was alien to me, yet also strangely familiar.

Swap the pork for fish, and the rice for chips, and you’ve got something actually very similar to British fish and chips. But, tonkatsu being Japanese, things here are a little more refined—as I discovered during a visit to Tonkatsu by Ma Maison.

The first thing you notice at this new outlet in Publika is a magnificent triangular table lit by a cluster of bare-bulb lights that dominates the dining room. It seats nine and looks to make an excellent platform for conversation.
 
 
But we were a two, so it was off to the regular tables. A quick look at the menu reveals one thing: this place is serious about breaded food. It’s also crazy about pork. There are other meats on offer here but the prominence of pork forces your hand somewhat. 
 
I opted for the special pork fillet, my wife for the pork loin with jumbo prawn. All sets come with a choice of white or multiseed rice and a side of cabbage—both of which are advertised as ‘refillable’. It didn’t take long for the sets to arrive and one thing struck us instantly: they weren’t kidding when they called the prawn jumbo.
 
Sprawled across the tray, it dominated my wife’s dish, packing good flavour once you’d got through the batter.
 
In fact, the batter can be our only complaint at Tonkatsu by Ma Maison. It’s not that it’s not good, it’s that there’s just so much of it.
 
 
So despite the incredibly tender meat in my special pork fillet set, and the equally good loin, it’s hard to leave without the feeling that most of what’s in your stomach is fried breading.
 
We’ll put this one down as an experience to enjoy in the moment then, because before the breadcrumbs start to settle, tonkatsu is absolutely delicious.
 
 
Lot 56 & 57, Level UG,
Publika, Jalan Dutamas 1, KL
Tel: 03–6211 9399
 
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