Friday, July 20, 2012

Yabu: The House of Katsu

We were supposed to have dinner tonight but because of a surprise that I received from another blogger Films and Checks, I had to move dinner with Dekaphobe to yesterday night. Luckily, she was free and so was FM.

She asked me what I wanted to have for dinner and because I just recently had Italian, Filipino, American, and Chinese cuisine, I opted for Japanese. She immediately recommended Yabu.

Now I have heard of Yabu but could not remember much about the feedback. I just remembered that there was a do it yourself thing that a lot of people liked and talked about. Looking at the photo below, it was actually the katsu sauce that you make yourself.

They give you a small bowl of sesame seeds that you grind to your hearts content and pour 3 mini buckets of sauce into. The servers would actually give instructions which I found helpful because I did not have to watch other people on how they do it so as not to make a fool of myself.

Above is the sesame seeds before I beat and swirled it to a pulp and below is me pouring the sauce.

Michy, who is the author behind Dekaphobe, and I have not seen each other since February though we do keep in touch via SMS and twitter. She's one of the sweetest girls I know and also one of the nicest. She has claws but she only brings it out when needed.

She ordered Hire and Seafood Mix, I ordered the Chicken Katsu which I shared with FM in the hopes that I won't add more fat to my body. Besides, the Chicken Katsu was pretty big that I dared not order another one. 

chicken katsu

Hire and Seafood Mix
When FM arrived, we got down to eating dinner. One bite of the Chicken Katsu and everything just fell into place. I now understood what authentic katsu is about and how 3 hours of slow cooking can make meat just melt in your mouth. The Chicken Katsu was so good, so soft, and just plain heaven. It was truly heaven in a bite. 

The other thing I loved is the rice that they used. It was sticky rice and not some rice that was made to look sticky. They really had the real deal and it simply justified the cost of Php95 for an extra cup.

FM loved the dishes as well and even as I am typing this, I am already planning on how I can bring my family and his family to this place. My Mom would definitely love it since the meat is super soft and can simply melt which is how she likes her meat.

To Yabu, thank you for making such a great meal and ensuring that we here in the Philippines get to know what authentic Katsu really is. Kudos and I hope that you maintain the quality of your food in the years to come.


  1. Awww, Kenny. That's sooo sweet. :) I'm really glad you liked Yabu. :p I can't believe I finished my order, but damn, it was so good! :)

    It was also nice meeting FM. :) Hope to see you again soon!

  2. Thanks again for introducing Yabu to us. We both loved it! Definitely, we'll see each other soon.

  3. Thank you so much! :) We're happy you loved our katsu! Next time, don't share! you won't get enough of it! ;)

    Hope to see you again soon at Yabu!


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