Suffering fish overload? Meat-lovers should head to Maisen. Set in a quite back lane off the tree-lined boulevard Omotesando, the restaurant specializes in tonkatsu – breaded deep fried pork. Famous among savvy Tokyoites for more than four decades, Maisen’s tonkatsu is in a class of its own: as well as being tender enough to cut with chopsticks (not to mention melt in the mouth), the experience is boosted further by the restaurant’s famously tasty sauce.
Join the queues of fashionable locals that trails as regular as clockwork outside the restaurant. Once inside, the décor is traditional and elegant. Sit at a table in the main back area where its high ceilings give away the building’s former status as a public bathhouse.
There are also private rooms upstairs or a downstairs wooden counter. Tonkatsu in all its glory invariably takes centre stage on the menu and is not to be missed: accessorize with bowls of rice and cool, fresh tofu, washed down with green tea.