Yabu The House of Katsu: Crazy for Katsu! (SM Megamall Atrium)

I'll admit. I love Japanese Cuisine.  But, you will never catch me ordering a katsu dish.  Yet, it was one Saturday evening as we were searching for a place to eat when the crowd around Yabu The House of Katsu immediately caught our attention.  As we approached the staff, we were told that we were 11th on the waiting list.  Although we were shocked, it made us yearning to try Yabu more.  

yabu house of katsu

yabu house of katsu
While waiting, we can't help but notice their recognition.  

After 35 minute of waiting, we were finally ushered to our seats.  

edamame hiyayko tofu
Edamame and Hiyaykko Tofu (195 php)
For the appetizers, they offered four kinds of which you can choose two among them.  We wanted to try the Wakame and the Superior Potato & Egg Salad but they were not available so I guess we didn't have much option in the end.  But, no regrets as the simple Edamame and the Hiyaykko Tofu were pretty good.  

Premium Tonkatsu Set
kurobuta pork set
♥ Kurobuta Pork Set 90 g (515 php)
We ordered the Kurobuta Pork Set because we were convinced by the description on the menu which I quote "Kurobuta, also known as the Black Berkshire pig, is the world' finest pork, due to its rich marbling, softness and flavor."  Upon first bite, I was converted into a katsu fan.  I'd go crazy for this katsu any time of the day.  It was soft and moist with a the perfect crunch from its breading.  I'm amazed that this katsu was not oily at all too.

Each set also comes with an unlimited Japanese rice, miso soup, Japanese pickles, unlimited cabbage with sesame dressing and a bowl of fruit (pineapple).  Fellow Tsinoy Foodie Kurt was glad with the unlimited Japanese rice.  While, I preferred the unlimited cabbage because I loved their dressings.  

special sauce
We were a bit disappointed that they ran out of the wooden pestle so we didn't get to experience the actual grinding since they did it for us.  Albeit the incomplete sensation, we still loved their special sauce.  It complements their Katsu well.

Tonkatsu Set
kire pork tenderloin set
Hire (Pork Tenderloin) Set 100g 330 php
The Hire (Pork Tenderloin) Set is not as moist and tender as the Kurobuta Pork Set.  But, this is more healthy because it is lean meat.  Anyway, it has the same breading still and you get to enjoy it with the same special sauce.  

chicken katsu set
Chicken Katsu Set 90g (310 php)
The Chicken Katsu Set consists of three chicken breast fillets along with the other set items.  This is probably our first and last time to order the Chicken Katsu Set because we can't help but compare its texture with pork and the latter is way better. Moreover, a chicken fillet has actually more cholesterol and fat than a pork tenderloin.

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Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Yabu The House of Katsu offers Katsu that can make any non-katsu fan crazy for katsu!  We'll probably come back for their Kurobuta Pork Set again and try out some of their other offerings.  Any suggestions? =D  Their service could still be improved as their staffs are all over-occupied.  But, its nice to see the manager doing her best and apologies for the delays.  She even ran towards us just to deliver our take outs.  I'll put an A+ for her effort.  

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Yabu The House of Katsu SM Megamall Atrium
Business Address 2/F, SM Megamall Atrium
EDSA corner Julia Vargas Ave.
Mandaluyong, Metro Manila
Business Hours 10am-9pm (mall hours)
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 5%
Budget/Person 300-600
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (02) 576-3900
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