Katsu Cafe: Delicious and Affordable Katsu in Banawe

April 4, 2013

Even on a tight budget, there's no need to put your Katsu cravings on hold because I've discovered Katsu Cafe along Maria Clara Street near the corner of Banawe.  

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It has sufficient parking spaces and its glass windows allows you to take a peek of what's inside.

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I liked the clean wooden feel.  It's very spacious and well-lit too.

Food

Ala Carte
kani salad
Kani Salad (120 php)
Kani Salad (120 php)
The Kani Salad is served in a huge bowl which is compacts so I really appreciated the generous portions.  I like that they didn't scrimp on the ingredients especially the roe.  It is neatly presented with the vegetable shreds at the bottom, then the kani (crabmeat) strips, Japanese mayonnaise and the roe.  This is one of the best Kani Salad I have ever tried and I highly recommend this!


Katsu Curry Rice
pork katsu curry rice
Pork Katsu Curry Rice (235 php)
The Pork Katsu Curry Rice comes with a bowl of miso soup which I found too strong for my taste.  The curry flavor is appetizing and they use quality Japanese rice with fragrant sesame seeds too.

pork katsu curry rice
Pork Katsu Curry Rice (235 php)
It is actually composed of two hamburger patty sides katsu.  The breading is nice and crunchy while the pork meat, which I think is grinded, is tender.  I'd say this is one satisfying pork katsu and it comes surprisingly cheap too.

Donburi
gyudon
Gyudon (Beef) (215 php)
I've always been a fan of Gyudon.  The Gyudon is served with a bowl of miso soup too.  I was glad that this had huge shitake mushrooms and beautiful raw egg yolk on it.  But, I'd prefer if the beefs were in thin strips rather than rough shreds.  Moreover, I also think this would have been better with more sauce and onions.  I'm sure with its price, it deserves to be more than its current state.

Iced Tea
sola iced tea
Sola Green Apple Iced Tea (60 php)
For drinks, I had the Sola Green Apple Iced Tea which had a light refreshing taste perfect for any meal.
 

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Take Home
The food is great so I ordered for take home to share the experience with the family.  I really appreciate their eco-friendly packaging.  But, their soup container which is a coffee cup is not spill proof because it had a sip hole on top. 

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Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
With Katsu Cafe, you can go for Katsu anytime you want.  The price is really reasonable.  I look forward to try their other Katsu sets.  And, I'll definitely order the Kani Salad again!  The service is great too.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Katsu Cafe Menu
Ambiance Menu
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Katsu Cafe Banawe
Branches Katipunan
329-I Katipunan Ave. Cor. B Gonzales, Loyola Heights,
Quezon City, Metro Manila

Banawe
86-C Maria Clara, Bgy. Sto. Domingo,
Quezon City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge
Budget/Person 100-300
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
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