CHECK IT OUT: Ma Maison in Greenbelt
Escargot joins tonkatsu at the Japanese franchise’s first branch in Manila.
This establishment is closed.
Ground Floor, Greenbelt 2
Tel. No. 729-9122, 729-9121
Open 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. (Mondays to Thursdays); 11 a.m. - 12 midnight (Fridays and Saturdays); 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. (Sundays)
Old English cottage charm provides a cozy backdrop to Japanese-Western dishes at Ma Maison. Click for more.
(SPOT.ph) The signage outside the first branch of this Japanese franchise bearing a French name is not entirely a misnomer. Ma Maison, translated to "my home" from French, serves an assortment of French and Japanese-Western dishes while relying on traditional Japanese food staples such as tofu, soybeans, soba noodles, and rice for everything else. The result? A menu that lists Escargot and Camembert cheese fritters alongside Japanese food favorites such as Tonkatsu and Omu Rice.
The dining spot traces its roots to Nagoya, where the first branch opened in 1976, and the interiors of the first Manila outpost are no different from its other Asian counterparts: the dimly lit dining space has an English country home charm replete with copper pots and pans, brick walls, wrought-iron chandeliers and floral tablecloths. According to owner and chef Mr. Akinori Terazawais, the first very branch of Ma Maison opened as a place to showcase dishes that would go well with wines. Thirty-five years later, Ma Maison has 25 branches in Asia, with the newest joining the throng of dining spots in Makati’s Greenbelt 2.
What to try at Ma Maison? Start with the buttery Escargot and the Camembert Cheese Fritters with vinaigrette sauce, both great choices to nibble on while you wait for the recommended mains such as the Tonkatsu and the Hamburger Steak. Ma Maison’s hefty serving of Tonkatsu hits the spot with its perfectly deep-fried pork cutlets and signature "brown sauce," a thick demitasse of sweet sauce used in a lot of the dishes at the restaurant. But the servers will also urge you to try eating the tonkatsu cutlets the Ma Maison way: by slathering them in rock salt sans the sauce, which results in a pleasant, salty-juicy bite that highlights the crisp-on-the-outside-tender-on-the-inside deliciousness of the pork cutlets.
If you still have room for dessert, try the locally made sweets infused with Japanese flavors. The Frozen Green Tea is Ma Maison’s delightful version of Brazo de Mercedes with green-tea flavored ice cream in the center, and the Mochi a la Mode is a Japanese take on the halo-halo, with a mix of strawberries, pears, and mochi served with ice shavings.