Some time back, my friend introduced Tonkatsu by Ma Maison to me while we were deciding on a place to go for dinner within the Orchard area. While there are many restaurants that serve Japanese cuisine, there are not a lot that specialise in serving up Tonkatsus, so we decided to head down to check it out.
Tonkatsu by Ma Maison is a restaurant under Ma Maison. The restaurant is easy to find as it is just located after a turn from the escalator. It is a mid-sized restaurant that had seats within the shop space as well as along the corridors outside the restaurant. The usual dining table seating and booths are mostly catered for groups of fours, so be prepared to take up the counter seating facing the kitchen if you are going alone or with another friend. The menu is pretty extensive, with different types of meat available and with or without curry, though it revolves around fried items mostly.
(Chicken Cheese Roll)
I went for the Chicken Cheese Roll which somewhat resembled Chicken Kiev/Chicken Corden Bleu less the ham in favour of some vegetables. I pretty much liked the tangy sauce that is placed on the table for you to dip your Tonkatsu because it was sweet yet sour at the same time which makes it insanely addicting. The breaded crust was also crispy and not greasy at all. The shortfall was that the chicken was quite tough and it felt a bit little on ingredients to justify the hefty price tag. For the record there was so little cheese in it it was barely cheesy at all; no stringy goodness coming off from it. All you pay for was the soup, rice, a rather tough chicken roll stuffed with vegetables and a heap of salad with no dressing.
While no doubt the Tonkatsu here has the quality for its crispiness without being sickly oily, I would not come back for its food again due to exorbitant pricing on its items. Maybe it is just me, but I do not really fancy fried items as much as grilled items, sushi or dim sum, which explains why I would not pay that price for the food.
Tonkatsu by Ma Maison
333A Orchard Road
Telephone: +65 6733 4541