After a day with Dodo's girlfriends spent gossiping in the hair salon and loitering in the mall as they tested skin cream and shouldered pricey bags, I felt like I'd grown ovaries. What saw me and my shrinking gonads through it all was the anticipation of a deep-fried pork loin dinner at Tonkatsu by Ma Maison. They served me the juiciest, most succulent, mind-bending tonkatsu - I cannot imagine a better one - not even on my upcoming Japan vacation! If I find a superior version, as improbable as that is, it will be purely by chance. I feel about their tonkatsu as I do about the Dodo - no need to search any further.
The Kurobuta loin, when placed before me, glistened and sparkled next to a ragged pyramid of shredded cabbage. They'd crafted a work of art from an ugly black pig. I counted out the seven slices and hoped it would be enough - all the gossiping and shopping had created a mighty appetite.
The food blogger me fought off the starving me. The shots don't convey the juiciness. I knew it was going to be good, I was already congratulating Pirate Pixels on the choice of restaurant. Ever humble, she formed a stop sign with her small fingers "we'll see, we'll see." When I took the first bite, I looked over at her. She was chewing and neither of us spoke - a knowing silence. MC, sitting to my right, fired a warning shot "don't talk to me, busy, busy." There was little conversation during the whole dinner - remarkable for this chatty crew.
With each mouthful, the crispy first bite gave way to tender pork and a rush of viscous fats. Kurobuta is a superior pig precisely for the way it stores fat throughout the muscle and it shows in the way the rich taste pours forth from all directions. In my daze I didn't even notice that one of us had ordered deep-fried oysters. I didn't think to try any - the ladies said later it was nice as well.
Katsu I Chi. I remember it well and we plan to visit next week. With Ma Maison fresh in my memory, how will it stack up? Stay tuned.
One thing's for sure - you cannot top the logo. I might commission an artist to reproduce it in my apartment.
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