December 12, 2015

Yabu: House of Katsu

Besides Mediterranean food, another cuisine that I enjoy eating without taking consideration of the added weight is Japanese food. Well, Japanese food is actually non-fattening if you try to look at their staple ingredients like fish and veggies. But they also often use chicken, pork and beef in their cuisines too. 




It's quite embarrassing to admit, (well, maybe not) that I only got to try Yabu just recently even though it's been a well known katsu house in the Philippines for quite sometime now. I'm not really a fan of ramen but katsu is a different story. Who could resist anything breaded and deep-fried? Definitely not me who loves pork chops. 




What distinguishes Yabu from all the other Japanese restaurants in the metro is that they take pride in the quality of their katsus. It is a form of art for them. Yabu's katsu are authentic. Authentic katsu mean generous cuts of meat, nothing less than 0.5 inches. Can you imagine there's even a measurement for the cut of the meat?! Authentic katsu should never be thin, greasy, dark and dull. When served fresh, it always exudes a bright crisp golden color and an aroma of deliciousness that stimulate the senses.




Yabu also uses only the finest pork, sourced from local farmers and delivered fresh to their kitchens and they proudly offers Kurobuta pork, known for its incredible flavor and softness. They also use 100% Canola oil which is rich in omega 3 with zero trans fat and cholesterol. This results in crisp, non-greasy breading and allows the flavors of pork to shine through. 




I love that Yabu also makes their own Panko (japanese breadcrumbs) fresh everyday, resulting in long, light, crispy flakes, instead of the ready-made ones. After ordering, it's the only time that they make the katsu which takes a while but you know you are being served with something fresh and best. 




I visited Yabu's branch in SM Aura with 2 other fellow bloggers, and since it was on a weekend night, the place was packed with people. We did wait in line but it didn't take long for us to be ushered to our table. I actually enjoyed the service of their staff because they know their thing and they speak in English hahaha! 




Their menu is quite extensive ranging dishes using chicken, seafood, pork, mixed, curry, katsudon, menchi and miso. So here's what we ordered:

Rosu Original Katsudon Set - served with unlimited white rice or brown rice (your choice), miso soup, japanese pickles, bowl of fruit, unlimited cabbage with your choice of dressing. Rosu is pork cutlets with fat trimmings.



Ebi and Fish Original Katsudon - also served with unlimited white rice or brown rice (your choice), miso soup, japanese pickles, bowl of fruit, unlimited cabbage with your choice of dressing. This is a combination of shrimp and fish fillet katsu.



Premium Kurobuta Pork Set - still served with unlimited white rice or brown rice (your choice), miso soup, japanese pickles, bowl of fruit, unlimited cabbage with your choice of dressing. This set consists of  3/4inch cutlet made from Kurobuta pork with a trimming of fat. 




Miso soup - this came with all the sets. Really flavorful with the right amount of saltiness.



Bottomless Lemonade and House Iced Tea



They also have readily available condiments in each table. Although they give you a bowl of white and black sesame seeds that you need to grind in a circular motion (proper way of doing it according to the staff) using a wooden pestle; then you can pour the katsu sauce and enjoy your meal! I prefer the sesame dressing for my cabbage, btw, it was really yummy!




Overall I had a great dinner and conversation over my katsudon. Love that "a bit of fat trimmings" in my katsu! A slice of heaven if I must say. Definitely up my alley - this katsu craze. Yabu really knows their katsu. I'm going to try something else the next time I visit them. 


Yabu House of Katsu 
Branches:
SM Megamall / Robinsons Magnolia / SM Mall of Asia 
SM Aura Premier / SM The Block / Glorietta 5 
Alabang Town Center / SM Southmall / Power Plant Mall 
Robinsons Place - Manila 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/yabuhouseofkatsu
Twitter: twitter.com/yabuPH
Website: www.yabu.ph


For more information and restaurant reviews, check out their Zomato profile:
Yabu Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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