As I walked - with positive signs of extreme hunger from hours of retail therapy - towards the SM Megamall Atrium searching for a place to have my late lunch, my eyes zeroed in on this sign...
Hmm...must be good. I browsed through the menu and liked what I saw. Table for 1 please! Followed by table for 2 the next day! Two days in a row - yep, it was that good!
I rarely saw this place empty the few times I passed by here
Amused by these comic strips about how their famous katsu's made
Rows of sake ornate the walls
While waiting for my order, I got oriented to these different sauces, dressing, and spices thanks to my very friendly server.
I got a knack preparing my katsu sauce. Step 1: Grind the sesame seeds first - love the smell of sesame seeds! No need to powderize. Step 2: Pour the katsu sauce over the seeds and voilà!
Appetizers come in pairs. I chose a combo of Wakame (seaweed salad topped with ebiko) and my favorite Japanese appetizer: Edamame (young green soybeans)! The wakame is so good! A perfect mix of salty and sour.
|Appetizers PhP 195 for two|
I ordered Hire (pork tenderloin) Set 100g for day 1 at Yabu. I initially wanted the Hire 150g but my server told me that it would be too much for one person so she suggested that I should get the 100g. The 100g's big enough for one actually but not for me. I wolfed it down easily. *flexes biceps*
This pork tenderloin's simply delicious! Real crunchy on the outside but marshmallow-soft on the inside. Yabu also has the Premium Tonkatsu Set made from Kurobuta pork (Berkshire pigs) which is lean and has fine streaks of marbling which makes them oh so tender when cooked! The tender meat is coated with just the right amount of fresh panko (Japanese breadcrumbs). Don't worry, there's more meat to eat than the coating. Abhorred when it's the other way around.
I was engulfed with regret after I was done with my Hire. I should've been firmer and insisted on my initial order of Hire 150g instead of 100g! So delicious!
|Hire 100g PhP 330|
I ordered the Creamy Dory Set 90g for day 2 at Yabu. Same goodness, different day! Each set comes with unlimited Koshihikari rice and shredded cabbage, slices of fresh fuits, pickled veggies, and miso soup.
|Creamy Dory Set 90g PhP 310|
J2 (my love slave) ordered the Chicken Katsu Set 120g. You know that fried food problem where one side turns soggy? Doesn't happen in Yabu's katsu because they're served on a stainless steel wire mesh strainer which makes the other side retain its crispness.
|Chicken Katsu Set 120g PhP 325|
The sesame dressing mixed with the shredded cabbage is just heavenly! I didn't hold back on the dressing. I heavily bathed the cabbage with it!
The service made our Yabu House of Katsu experience extra special. The staff were very much attentive and courteous, especially the manager and assistant manager. They would often check on the customers' needs. Thank you and good job!
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Yabu House of Katsu
2/F Mega Atrium, SM Megamall, 1552 Manila, Philippines
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgTEL. NO.: (632)576-3900
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