Yabu: The House of Katsu


Konnichiwa! Me and boyfriend watched Chibi Maruko Chan (for the nth time hehe) and Killer Virgin Road last week which were really good! We both love Japanese movies. That made us crave for Japanese food! After the movie night, we decided to try Yabu: The House of Katsu located at 2nd floor, The Atrium, SM Megamall the next day.




Yabu is the first and authentic Katsu restaurant here in the Philippines. They offer different signature Tonkatsu dishes - like pork, beef, chicken and seafood. I love the cozy ambiance inside the restaurant and the interesting manga wall decors. The waiters would greet the customers warmly and check you from time to time if you need any assistance.



Complete Japanese condiments. From left: Katsu sauce. The two tall bottles contained the cabbage dressing (soy vinaigrette and sesame dressing). The red small bottle was Togarashi (chili pepper), the yellow one was Chili Oil, and the green was Sansho Pepper. The pig container is for the Pink Salt - a bit sweet and gingery.

Here's the fun part: You need to grind the sesame seeds with our mortal and pestle and mixed together with 2 scoops of their Signature Katsu sauce. It is called the Katsu ritual. Just Grind, Pour, Mix, and Dip. Mine ended up too salty XD

For appetizer set, we ordered Wakame (seaweed salad with Ebiko) and Potato Salad (P175 for the set). Well, I think I made the right choice 'cause I love seaweeds! How I wish we could have an unlimited wakame side dish.


We ordered Chicken and Seafood Katsu Set - Black Tiger Prawn, Cream Dory, Scallop, Oyster, and Squid (P475 for this Katsu set).


Complete with Japanese rice, miso soup, unlimited cabbage with sesame dressing, and a bowl of pineapple and watermelon slices. HUGE serving! We cant even finish our Katsu set so make sure to prepare enough space in your tummy before dining here.

I really love their Katsu! One of a kind, indeed. Crispy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside. I wonder what's their secret? :) After that, we had Magnum ice creams for dessert. We had happy and big tummies after the meal.



Thank you to Ms. Isay, Ms. Jessica, Mr. Mon and the rest of the Yabu team who accomodated us that day! I highly recommend Yabu. It's one of the best Japanese restaurants we've tried so far. With their hard working team and excellent customer service, everyone will truly enjoy the "Katsu Craze"!


21 comments:

leirs said...

i love Yabu too.. will also bring hubby there soon.. the food is great and not too expensive

Sumi Go said...

I super love Yabu! :D Had the same appetizers as you had and I love them to bits! I actually want to go to Megamall now after reading this post, and try the Kurobuta! Anyway, here's my Yabu experience last December.

animetric said...

Haven't tried Yabu yet although I've heard so much about it online! Must go one of these days... the seed-grinding part is very interesting!

Itsberyllicious said...

i love their sesame dressing for the unlimited cabbage! :) 

Carizza Chua said...

your hubby would love their Katsu for sure ;)

Carizza Chua said...

hahaha i wanna go back there this week too!

Carizza Chua said...

you shoulddd and try their Kurobota pork set :D

Carizza Chua said...

buti ka paaa, i wasnt able to maximize the dressing cause i love the unli cabbage with squeezed lemon only!

Mich said...

Everyone's been talking about the Yabu Katsu Craze! I should make it a point to try it na!!!! :))) It's so near my work place so I must invite my friends to go there for lunch. Your bento looks soo good and filling! I'm getting excited na just thinking about it :D

Pink MagaLine said...

That katsu ritual is cute. I would love to do that but I am not a big fan of Jap food. Hehe.

Thanks for visiting dear! :D

Blanca said...

I love Japanese food, I'll surely try this resto when I am in the area.:)

Hazel Mae said...

Japanese cuisine is famous the world over. I'm a fan too but I'm still wondering what makes them really tick.

©juanderfulpinoy.com|Chino said...

They serve really good food. I was here earlier this afternoon with friends. 

wonderwoman45 said...

YABU IS THE BOMB!!!

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Joeyboy said...

Interesting!  Wifey and I will definitely check this out.. :)

Rachelle said...

looks really yummy! I wonder, was it affordable? Oh, I guess they're worth your money.

marrimye said...

Having your BE:LOVED around...
the dishes certainly would taste like cray.
I'm sure you enjoyed this dining experience.
The photos just tell me that I have 
to try eating Japanese foods already.

Food Quest said...

Just like Rachelle, I would like to know if the price of their foods are affordable?

Carizza Chua said...

the katsu that we've ordered is already good for two (P475) with rice, fruits and side dishes already. They also have katsu meals that costs only P200+. :)

Carizza Chua said...

similar to other restos. budget would be P200-P400 per head, you wont make any addtl orders for sure cause 1 set is as good as a sumo meal!

Matsumoto Chan said...

awww, fave! We love Japanese food, hope we get to try this soon too!