CHECK IT OUT: New katsu sets at Ma Maison, Greenbelt
Breaded treats with a Japanese-Western twist.
This establishment is closed.
Ground Floor, Greenbelt 2, Makati City
Tel. Nos. 729-9122, 729-9121
Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Mondays to Thursdays); 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. (Fridays and Saturdays); 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Sundays)
(SPOT.ph) The name French, with escargot fronting the carte du jour; the interior decidedly British pub with American embellishments; the bestseller tonkatsu and soba.
Curiosity more than confusion will draw you to Ma Maison, the multipersonality Japanese-Western restaurant at Greenbelt 2. It’s a hodgepodge of seemingly opposing elements that effectively come together in one bite.
But between the Japanese Carpaccio, French bread and fries, and Japanese fries, things could get baffling. When confronted with such confusion, we find it’s best to grasp the familiar, the certified, the bestselling. In this case, all it takes is a slice of Ma Maison’s tonkatsu (and a dollop of homemade tonkatsu sauce) to find all the reason you need. Ma Maison, whatever culture it represents, is just plain good.
Adding to its perfectly seasoned breaded pork is a new lineup of sizzling plates and katsu sets that will engage the palate. The Chicken Katsu (P345) is a favored alternative to the pork favorite. With the same crisp coat blanketing juicy, gorgeously fried chicken, this one will be a bestseller in no time. If one is for variety, the Mixed Seafood Katsu (P450) is a medley of dory cutlets, calamari, and giant prawns. Tongue-teasing miso soup, a side salad, and Japanese rice complete the picture.
For those who crave a bit of sizzle, the stir-fried Sizzling Beef (P425) is a sweet and savory indulgence served with yakiniku sauce and egg. The Sizzling Chicken Rice (P425), on the other hand, is a colorful display of teriyaki chicken tossed with egg bits, nori, and wasabi mayo. It’s a perfect combination of fieriness and succulence.
Questions may greet Ma Maison customers at first look, but stay long enough for a bite or two. The flavors will do the explaining.
Photos by Sasha Lim Uy