“Tonkatsu by Ma Maison at Mandarin Gallery has the BEST tonkatsu in Singapore,” my pal Fred would tell me every time when we meet up for our glutton outings with Beatrice and Velda. After hearing this, how do you expect me to pretend that nothing had happened?
The few of us finally arranged a date to go there for dinner. And after trying it, I have to agree with Fred. Tonkatsu by Ma Maison has one of the best, if not the best tonkatsu in Singapore.
From rosu katsu ($29.8), to hire katsu ($29.8), to katsu curry ($21.8), to katsudon ($21.8) – Tonkatsu by Ma Maison offers options for everyone. We ordered in our usual manner (which means too much food) and after a short wait, the table was filled with plates and plates of gorgeous tonkatsu.
If you have a big group of friends to share the calories, try the deep fried jumbo prawns ($38.8 for 2 pieces) — it is a great starter while waiting for the tonkatsu to come.
The hire katsu ($29.8), on the other hand, was a little too dry and lean for my taste. But it was a hit among the girls because the fillet cut has less fat than pork loin.
The kurobuta rosu katsu ($31.8) was up next. It was very good; in fact, much better than most tonkatsu restaurants. I was about to declare it as the best tonkatsu in Singapore, until Fred told me to try the Hungarian mangalica rosu katsu ($31.8).
I took a bite, and for that few seconds, words failed me. It was, hands down, one of the best tonkatsu I’ve ever had. My life will never be the same again.
Tonkatsu by Ma Maison at Mandarin Gallery is very popular. Go before 7pm, otherwise, be prepared to queue for at least 45 minutes. Good luck!
Tonkatsu by Ma Maison
333A Orchard Road
#02-35/36 Mandarin Gallery
Tel: +65 6733 4541
Mon to Fri: 11am–3pm, 5pm–10pm
Sat, Sun & PH: 11am–10pm