Oh I’m on the roll here. Two consecutive posts for this week. What has gotten into me? XD
It just so happen that it’s our friend Gin’s birthday, age unknown, so we decided to treat him food! We were choosing between Yabu or Dohtonbori. Obviously, you know what we chose.
This isn’t the first time we’ve been in Yabu : House of Katsu, we did enjoy the first time we were here but I’m not blogging yet that time. It’s located at 2/F SM City North EDSA, SM The Block. This will be a short review since I have limited categories to discuss and this place is an established restaurant already. Let’s see if they would live up to its reputation. 😉
You might be thinking that it’s an overpriced piece of deep-fried meat served in a fancy restaurant. It all comes down to the right executions, and differs in quality of the ingredients. I’ve tasted so-claimed Katsu that ranges to ₱50 – ₱500 and if you’re a foodie like me, you would really notice and appreciate the difference. In terms of getting you full, Yabu will not disappoint since they offer variety of refillable, which I know we Filipinos really dig.
Let’s discuss their interior first. Since this is considered a Japanese Restaurant, what’s more applicable representation than Manga? It’s also incorporated on their menu. It’s not Shokugeki no Soma-ish but still, entertaining. Though this isn’t new anymore since I’ve also seen several Japanese Restaurant that has this design.
They also kept it sleek and classy. To be honest, it’s one of the reasons why I didn’t dare eating here before. But hey, there’s no need to be scared really.
Let’s head on to these pretty condiments on the side: (from left to right) Katsu Sauce, Chili powder, Chili oil, Japanese pepper, Goma, and Shoyu sauce. I have a habit of tasting condiments and trying to familiarize my taste buds with them.
To be baptized as a true Yabu disciple, you need to undergo their ritual.
That’s an exaggerated way of saying you need to grind your own sesame seeds and mix it with the Katsu sauce. And a way to busy yourself while waiting for you food to be served.
After all the grinding and babbling, here’s our first set…
Menchi Katsu Set consists of authentic Japanese minced meat, made with superior ground beef and pork, mixed together with special spices, and stuffed with creamy cheese. Juicy and cheesy, this sort of reminded me of my mom’s Spring rolls – maybe because of the cheesy taste and that’s a compliment. My mom’s an awesome cook, of course. Another plus point for then is that even though these are deep-fried, their Katsu’s not swimming in oil. 🙂
We also had their limited edition Hire Kurobuta Katsu 80g ₱570. Kurobuta or Black Berkshire Pig is also known as the “kobe beef” of pork. At first look, I thought it was beef because the meat’s color can be compared to it. Tender and cooked just right and it doesn’t have fat. I don’t have a separate photo of this since, they basically look the same.
Menchi Katsu Curry Set is basically Menchi Katsu in curry sauce.
It’s either beef or seafood for me. And I chose the Seafood Katsu Set 2 which has Salmon, Black Tiger Prawn, Crab and Oyster. First time we ate here, the oyster’s not available so they changed it to prawn instead. So when I tasted it today, I fell in love. I’m not a fan of oysters being fully cooked since for me, it removes the fresh essence of the sea – but they amazed me. It doesn’t have the uncomfortable fishy taste that you would expect on oysters but instead, it was refreshing. You can never go wrong with salmon cooked right or even raw, their Black Tiger Prawn’s legit in terms of prawns vs batter, it does have prawn till the ends. XD And the Crab Katsu isn’t the processed crab meat. This set is heaven for me. (Can’t finish it the second time though since I’ve tasted all of the food available to make this post. XD)
What makes this experience awesome? As I’ve said earlier, refillable! Most of the Katsu sets are served with unlimited Japanese white rice or brown rice, miso soup, Japanese pickles, cabbage with your choice of dressing and a bowl of fruit. Though when we were here today, they didn’t have us choose between brown or white rice and they got confused with our order. If you would notice, they don’t take notes, they memorize it. We were also well attended and they made sure that our bowls are always filled with rice and our glasses won’t run out of drinks. They did apologize as soon as they realize the lapse in our order, so no point taken there.
Overall, this would be my favorite Katsu place. A bit on the pricey side but if you’re a big eater and a lover of fried breaded food, this would be your stop.
My, my, look at what happened. This turned out to be a detailed review after all. XD How about you, how’s your Yabu experience? 🙂