Maisen

G/F Main Bldg., SM City North EDSA, EDSA cor. North Ave., Quezon City, Metro Manila

Maisen
4.4
4.5 Stars

17 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 9
  • 4 stars 6
  • 3 stars 2
  • 2 stars 0
  • 1 star 0
  • 20 Reviews
  • 12 Recommend
  • 17 Reviewers
Category:
Japanese
Business Hours
Open: 10:00a - 9:00p

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 10:00a - 9:00p
  • Monday
    • 10:00a - 9:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 10:00a - 9:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 10:00a - 9:00p
  • Thursday
    • 10:00a - 9:00p
  • Friday
    • 10:00a - 10:00p
  • Saturday
    • 10:00a - 10:00p

Payment Options

Cash, MasterCard, Visa

More Business Info

Kids Menu:
Yes
Take Out:
Yes
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
Menus:
Lunch, Dinner
Waiter Service:
Yes
Good for Groups:
Yes

Most Recent Reviews

Chieo O.
5.0 Stars

Hello Looloo-zens, was curious to try what's the PHP 199 craze all about at Maisen and I got myself the Stir Fried Pork Set, thinly sliced, sweety-salty tender pork goodness with pickled vegees, sliced fruits, hot steamy rice and oh miso soup! Wait, there's also hot tea to chug it down 10084️10084️10084️

If you're not into refillables and simply craving for a quick japa-fix, well thizzizit12852210084️128077🏻127881

They also have the Karaage Set, Katsu Set and imagine Sukiyaki for only PHP 299 10084️10084️10084️

Such a great deal! And a happy tummy of course 12852210084️128077🏻

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Kaye L.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Angela Bernadette R.
4.0 Stars

Just had crab and cucumber salad a while ago and it was soo good. For the sets, my favorite is the seafood katsu set. The salmon is cooked perfectly, not too dry like other salmon katsu. The dory melts in your mouth. Very reasonable for a meal worth 595(?) pesos. 128522

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Ruth D.
5.0 Stars

For months now, I've been telling myself I need to lose some weight. But it's just so difficult to say no to all the food crawls, food trips, rendezvoos, post-rendezvoos, and eat ups. Plus there's Inflooence and FOMO. So sometimes, I try to not eat too much, just like what happened when we dined in Maisen.

Maisen's katsu sets are good for one person. It includes unlimited rice, miso soup, cabbage, pickles, and fruits. But what I did was I shared the katsu with my mom then I ordered the rice set which has all the side dishes except for the cabbage. 128521

Service was great when we went since there were only a few tables occupied then. Hopefully it's the same when they're packed. 🙂

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Charo T.
5.0 Stars

Our first time here. It didn't disappoint. The loin tonkatsu, with a bit of fat, was far better than what I have tried at Yabu and Katsu Sora. The breading was not oily and it was very light. The house tea was served even without me asking for it. The miso soup was really tasty with tofu so soft, it melts in your mouth.

Chad, the manager, came over to our table to check how we liked their food. He even asked if the a/c was just right and if there was anything else to make our visit memorable. I think that alone made it memorable. Chad was a people-oriented person and chatting with him seem like talking to an old friend who happen to be the manager of the joint you are in. This place is worth coming back.

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Julie J.
3.0 Stars

I usually order the Katsumabushi set here but decided to try something different this time around...

Finally settled on the mixed Katsu Set @495 which comes with a Mini Tenderloin Katsu, a Prawn Katsu & Potato Croquette served w/ rice, cabbage, pickle set, fruits & miso soup. The meat was tender, crisp and crunchy to bite, I also loved the potato croquette..however, it was very oily 128534 Of course I expect Katsu to be oily but it was oilier than it normally should be. I had to dab it with tissues before eating it....

Also tried the Dashimaki Tamago (egg) @170, this one was good, although I expected it served chilled but it was hot when the order came 128514 It was pretty good nonetheless.

Service was ok...However, I noticed a funny smell the day I visited, sort of a combination of the basahan smell and oil or something 128517 it was very obvious when I first went in but I guess my nose gradually adjusted after awhile 128541 Anyways, I definitely like the Greenbelt branch better than this one!

#50ksummergiveaway

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Diego S.
3.0 Stars

TONKATSU : pork tenderloin is tender enough,the breading is also good crispy and thin served with special pineapple house souce and goes with rice ,cabbage, miso soup, pickels and tiny slices of water melon and. pineapple for 630 pesos .the quality of pork tenderloin is not enough to impress me it should have a good nice tenderbite without loosing the integrity of the tender and juicy freshly deep fried pork tenderloin meat .needs improvement to compete with the famoso tonkatsu !

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Diego S.
4.0 Stars

TAMAGO: the texture is soft and creamy and the taste is natural creamy scrambled egg, one of the best TAMAGO i ever tasted for 170 pesos the price if not bad .

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Michelle M.
5.0 Stars

Will definitely come back to try other dishes. 128149 The interiors were nice, I kinda liked the open kitchen where you can watch the chef prepare your food. I ordered cream dory katsu set, hay ang sarap and super nakakabusog, I thought mabibitin ako, I was wrong; super full!! The generous serving of cabbage was nice too. The veggies were fresh & I loved the pineapples and watermelons!! The miso soup was nice128525 I wanted to try the cheese thing pork katsu & tenderloin one but I felt like ordering cream dory today, maybe bukas naman uli. Haha! Or later after shopping.. Bwahaha 128523

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Dolly M.
4.0 Stars

Ordered the chicken karaage
Tenderloin donburi
And kurubuta loin set. All very tasty!! Super worth it and best katsu for me.

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Adee C.
5.0 Stars

Tonkatsu paradise!🍽

A little expensive but sulit.128088

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Angela Marie C.
5.0 Stars

In my recent stay in Manila, I got to dine in Maisen, and boy was it magical! 128525128525128525128525128525

Maisen's menu is not that much different than other katsu places in the metro. That's why I made sure I got to try something only found in Maisen, which was thhe Katsamabushi Set. 128513

Where do I even begin describing this amazing dish? 128522 It was a bowl of utter Japanese goodness! The meats were so tender and the breading had just the right crunch. The rice had a sauce with pieces of nori and it was absolutely delicious! The rice was cooked perfectly too! The different add-ons was divine too! 128514

Ang hirap talaga i-describe, pramis. But I can't wait to come back for this! 10084️10084️10084️10084️10084️

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Roy T.
4.0 Stars

On this visit, I tried their Kurobuta Loin Meat version just because I said in my previous review that I want a bit fat on my katsudons. The tenderloin was too boring for my tastebuds though it's good 128514

So now, I can say better stick with the tenderloin. 128514 the loin had more fat than I expected though overall it tasted good still plus the special sauce.

Now I have to go to Yabu next time to compare how their Kurobuta version is vs Maisen's. 128514

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Paul E.
4.0 Stars

Pork Sukiyaki on a cold weather! this is what my body needs right now. This one cost me 520php, everything is worth it! not to mention the unli cabbage, fruits, rice and miso soup

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Kyle B.
5.0 Stars

Oh my god, their Tenderloin Katsu's actually better than Yabu's!!!!!!!! Waw!!!! I freaking love Yabu, but when I took a bite into Maisen's Katsu, kinalimutan ko na po ang Yabu. Hahaha. The meat was really soft and perfect. Their service is excellent too! 128076

Ugh sobrang dami kong backlog sa looloo reviews grrrr promise to get back to it!

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Roy T.
4.0 Stars

After my first visit in Maisen last month... and learning about how they call their breading... panko, my curiosity for katsus began. If you've read my first review, I liked Maisen's Katsumabushi, only that I found the serving too small... I visited again sometime early November to try their other katsus. Super late review! 128517128517128517

This time I tried their KUROBUTA TENDERLOIN KATSU SET, which is made from imported and high quality meat thus the price (630php). Liked everything about it. At first, I was complaining (deep inside) because I found the meat quite difficult to chew. Then I realized I chose tenderloin meat meaning lesser or no fat at all... which is actually what i was looking for. More fatty, yes, but I think some fat wouldn't harm? 128514 for those pa-healthy people like me, go for the tenderloin meat. 128518128518

The panko was gooood! What I like, compared to Yabu's or other katsu places, is how fine the panko was.. I don't really know how to describe it but you have to see it to yourself! 128077🏻

They have two kinds of sauces available for everyone to try. One is made from apple concentrate, which is the more sour one. The other one I actually forgot what it's called and how it tasted like. Basta they're both served on all tables, that two quite identical jars. 128514 If you order their Kurobuta, they serve a special sauce which has apple puree. Compared to the concentrate they serve to all, I loved the puree because I love apples 128077🏻128077🏻 it was not too sour like the concentrate. Perfect with the kurobuta meat. I remember putting a lot of sauce on each bite. I almost finished all the sauces in that one jar! Haha! 128514128514

Kurobuta came with the usual shredded cabbages, perfect with their goma sauce, watermelon and pineapple, miso soup, and japanese rice. I think all were refillable.

I'm coming back for their other katsus, prolly ones with some fat? Bye diet! HAHA!

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Chelyne C.
4.0 Stars

Craving for Katsu!!! Finally got to try the newly opened Maisen here at SM Edsa and to my surprise there were no long queues on a weekend! 128561 After we were seated, they served hot towels and roasted hot tea which tastes good by the way. The place is not that big so maybe that's the reason why they wanted to maximize the space coz the setup of the tables and chairs was not that inviting and it seems crowded. Anyway, what's important is the food and we were not disappointed. We ordered the Katsumabushi Set which according to the waiter was their best seller. You can enjoy this dish in 3 ways: First, you can just plainly eat the bite-sized tenderloin katsu chops together with the Japanese rice that is topped with tasty seaweeds. The katsu is crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Second, you can garnish your rice with the different toppings that comes with your meal - either sesame, wasabi, and green onion. For me, sesame was the best! And lastly, you can put your rice and katsu in a separate bowl and pour the Dashi Stock (broth) from the pot and enjoy a different experience (this is something I haven't tried at Yabu). Plus, I almost forgot the Onsen Tamago which is their cold soft boiled egg that you can mix with your meal too! There's more, this set comes with free fruits which is also refillable maybe that's why the serving was really cute and too small even for kids 9996️. For P390, I can say I got my money's worth. We also ordered the Kurobota Tenderloin Katsu Set which was more expensive worth P630. This time all side dishes that comes with this meal are refillable. From the miso soup and cabbage...to the rice, pickle set, and fruits. Kurobuta meat is high quality pork originating from the U.S. known as Black Berkshire and goes well with the Karakuchi (spicy) sauce that is served with it. Overall I can say we were satisfied 128077 I know lots of people are comparing it to Yabu - For me, both restos offer great Katsu and their price is close. What I felt missing from Maisen was the dessert menu. They just offer plain ice creams while at Yabu you can order mochi and more. They have more entries also in their menu even for appetizers. Hoping Maisen would add more entries in the future 128522 Will definitely be back for more YUM 10084️ #loolooexplorerpackgiveaway

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Lara Desiree M.
5.0 Stars

First to try here and I'm always a fan of katsus. But of all the katsus I've tried, this is definitely tops my list (Sorry Yabu. 128531) The sauces are too die for! And also the Goma for the cabbage. I cannot elaborate how good this is but definitely you must try this. I just don't like that they don't have Houseblend Iced Tea. That is all I can comment.

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Roy T.
3.0 Stars

finally got to try Maisen yesterday for dinner after watching a movie. luckily, there was no long queues outside, though the place was almost full. i think it's too narrow inside though. 128513 medyo masikip.

we both got their Katsumabushi set, their bestseller, and it was generally okay. some of the not so good things i think was the batter easily got off the tenderloin meat, which i found disturbing. taste wise, i think it lacked some more spice or saltiness for me to crave for. they served it with their dashi stock, which tasted so much like miso soup, pickled vegetables, fruits - pineapple and watermelon, cold soft-boiled egg they call onsen tamago, and the condiments - wasabi, sesame, and spring onion. i think they skimp on everything especially the condiments. i had to ask for another serving. 128563 all in all, i think the serving was pretty small. the whole meal did not make me full. 128531 all in all it was a good meal though and really nice presentation!

since they're still in soft opening, i'd still forgive the no-no's i found with their service. it took them a while or even needed me calling them, to have my water refilled. the server who handed us our meals struggled to explain the three ways on how to eat the it 128517 buti nalang i'm familiar with it since i tried hitsumabushi in nagoya last year 128514

i'd still try their other katsus next time! 128516 i think the batter is indeed better than Yabu's except the falling off the meat part with my order.

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Kim L.
5.0 Stars

When you look at Maisen's menu, you will instantly notice that it's more on the pricier side as opposed to other katsu places. And true enough (as mentioned in other reviews), you get what you pay for.

I had their cheese minced pork katsu while my boyfriend had the katsumabushi set. I loved the crunchiness and the juiciness of my katsu without the cheese overpowering the meat. They were cooked perfectly and each bite was heavenly!

The katsumabushi set, on the other hand, brought the whole katsu experience to a different level. Bite-sized tenderloin katsu chops on rice served with onsen tamago and dashi stock -- you can opt to eat the chops with rice alone but to further enjoy the dish, you can actually get a spoonful of chops with rice and pour the hot stock over it for some added flavor! We enjoyed this a lot because you can do so much with the condiments it came with.

I officially love this place and I'm glad that this branch is not as crowded as the first two.128522 The staff was also top-notch in terms of refilling everything from cabbage to drinks and were attentive all throughout the time.

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