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Tonkatsu remains to be one of the latest Japanese foods to be introduced in Malaysia. For those who aren’t familiar with this Japanese dish, it is basically a breaded, deep-fried pork cutlet served with shredded cabbage. In fact, this dish is originated in Japan in the 19th century, so even in Japan it isn’t a particularly old dish.

Tonkatsu at Ma Maison, at One Utama shopping mall
Tonkatsu at Ma Maison, at One Utama shopping mall

My first time trying tonkatsu was at the version by Wa Kitchen at Pavilion, then probably the first and only tonkatsu restaurant in Malaysia in 2011.

Fast forward a few years later, we have another worthy contender in the tonkatsu landscape – Tonkatsu by Ma Maison. We tried to 1 Utama branch (they just opened another branch at Publika) after hearing good things about this place.

so this is how you use those condiments
so this is how you use those condiments

The set up is slightly different from their counterpart at Pavilion, with clear instructions on how to enjoy the dish printed on a little instruction panel on every table. There’s a choice of salt, sweet, and spicy sauce on the side, and of course there’s a sesame grinder and peanut sauce for cabbage as well. You’re also encouraged to consume the accompanying rice with pickle.

Wafu Negioroshi Hire Katsu and Hire Katsu
Wafu Negioroshi Rosu Katsu and Hire Katsu

The menu at Ma Maison is rather extensive (check their menu online). There’s the traditional hire (pork filet) and rōsu (pork loin) sets with a few variations, plus deep fried oyster, crab croquette, jumbo prawn, chicken, and so forth.

I tend to stick with the pork, and in particular, pork loin, only because of the layer luxurious pork fat accompanying the meat.

salad, deep fried pork, miso soup, perfect
salad, deep fried pork, miso soup, perfect

Every set comes with pretty good quality miso soup, pickle, and refillable cabbage that goes very well with their version of peanut sauce.

As for the pork, they are glorious. It is lightly salted with very crispy yet light breading and always piping hot when served. Dipping the meat in either the sweet sweet, spicy sauce, or mustard and any pork lover will be in ecstasy. The experience is like the first time you have KFC as a kid.

KY & Haze, after a satisfying dinner
KY & Haze, after a satisfying dinner

So if you find yourself at 1 Utama, this is definitely a place worth checking out. Average meal would be around RM 30+ per person including drinks.

Happy eating!

Tonkatsu by Ma Maison @ Eat Paradise
Level 2, Isetan, 1 Utama Shopping Centre,
1, Lebuh Bandar Utama,
Petaling Jaya, 47800 Selangor
GPS: 3.149080, 101.615896
Tel: 03-7727 3337
HoursSunday to Thursday, 11.00am – 9.30pm;  Friday to Saturday, 11.00am – 10.00pm

Discuss : KY eats – Tonkatsu by Ma Maison, 1 Utama

  1. Haha…just had their Wafu Negioroshi Rosu Katsu last weekend…u shud try their Mille Feuille (layered pork) Katsu too…as for me the Cheese Mille Feuille katsu and more of their addictive sesame dressing! 😀

  2. KY, most of the time in past Japanese food was not filling but now it is. The katsu dish so good. In states American see portion small but not anymore. Downtown of San Francisco I sometime head to sell sushi size of burrito and people line up outside for it .

  3. RealGunners

    Good, I like the step by step guide on the proper dining methods 😀

  4. uncle, where got sell horse meat, i feel like a neigh ol time

  5. The pork is great and the cabbage + sesame dressing is equally good too! Had quite plenty of it on my last visit 😛

  6. most of the time in previous Japanese individuals meals was not stuffing but now it is. The chicken is great and the clothes + sesame putting on a costume is similarly good too! Had quite a lot of it on my last check out

  7. Pork? Ooooo….I like!!!

  8. Dissapointed

    Had a very bad experience in Publika branch. They didn’t allow refill of the salad cabbage, because we had 5 pax only ordered 3 portion of the set meal, as my kids were not eating only took a piece of meat and continued playing their ipads. The rude lady manager refuse refills!!!

    Reason given by the Manager is that they cannot monitor if we are sharing or not, but the fact that we have 5 pax only order 3, they cannot allow refill. What a load of horse shit. Never coming back here!!

    The disgusting experience Spoilt my appetite, food taste terrible.

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