I have been reading and hearing a lot of good things about Yabu, a Japanese Katsu restaurant. Being a newly-converted Japanese food fanatic, I dragged my friends here for dinner.
Yabu: The House of Katsu is the first and only authentic Katsuretsu (Japanese for "cutlet") restaurant in the country. Guided by the head chef of popular Katsu restaurant in Tokyo, Yabu assures each katsu is perfectly and deliciously-made.
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My friends and I tried different katsu sets. Each set has Japanese pickles, miso soup, Japanese rice, a bowl of fruit, and unlimited cabbage. A server is moving around with a bowl of shredded cabbage that you can ask for a refill anytime.
While waiting for our orders, we were given a mortar set with sesame seeds to grind, before pouring the tonkatsu sauce. It was really fun grinding the sesame seeds, though I'm not sure if it really made any difference with the tonkatsu sauce. You may also ask for a house tea while waiting for the dishes to arrive.
My friends ordered 120g Chicken Katsu Set (Php 290 + 12% VAT) and Chicken Katsu Curry Set (Php 290 + 12% VAT).
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The bowl of fruit included in each katsu set has two slices of watermelon and two slices of pineapple. I'm not used to having fruits for dessert but I realized it was meant to break the umay.
Overall, Yabu is quite a learning experience for a new Japanese food fanatic like me. The service was superb that a server is always nearby if customers need anything, the dishes were served quickly and the staff is accommodating. The prices are a little above average but if you really want to experience the authentic katsu, this is the only place you should go.
Yabu: The House of Katsu
EDSA corner Julia Vargas Avenue,
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