A Private Tasting Event at YABU The House of Katsu

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Hey everyone! A month ago, we celebrated a friend's birthday in one of the most raved about restaurants in the metro, YABU The House of Katsu in Robinson's Magnolia. We only knew of two other branches, SM Aura and Mall of Asia so after that tasteful celebration, I literally wished for a nearer branch to open soon. 

That wish came to reality when YABU emerged in SM The Block. On their first opening week, Yabu catered only to invited guests. Fortunately, we were invited by a good friend to attend their private tasting event.

An array of condiments are on the table including their Goma dressing which reminds me so much of thousand island dressing and is best drizzled over shredded cabbage; Shoyu dressing used to season your chosen katsu or shredded cabbage for added flavor; Wasabi sauce which gives you just the right bite without being overly spicy. If you love spicy food, then you may enjoy your dish with other condiments like Japanese pepper, chili pepper and chili oil.

While waiting for your food, a mini mortar and pestle is served for grinding black and white sesame seeds which by the way smells so appetizing. Add in 2 to 3 scoops of the katsu sauce and voila! You now have a personally prepared sauce for your katsu.

Appetizers are also served and since I already ordered chicken for main course, I opted for prawn as a starter. It tasted really good and I love that you get more meat than breading. 

I ordered a complete meal consisting of chicken katsu which comes with unlimited brown rice, miso soup, shredded cabbage and fruits. 

The chicken katsu was deliciously cooked to perfection with tender chicken meat covered in crispy breading. I am not a veggie eater but their shredded cabbage was also a hit especially when drizzled with Goma and Shoyu dressing. If you're not fond of eating spicy food then keep away from the yellow sauce served with your katsu. 

You have a choice between brown and white Japanese rice but for a healthier choice, I suggest you get the former. 

They also serve unlimited fruits like Watermelon and Pineapple.

One of my friends ordered the Kurobuta Premium set consisting of imported flavorful pork in a crisp golden crust.

This is their Chicken and Seafood Katsu set consisting of Chicken, Black Tiger Prawn, Squid, Oyster and Eggplant. 

They also serve Katsu Curry Set of your choice whether, pork, chicken or minced meat with cheese.

To cap off the night, we ordered Chocolate and Strawberry Lava Cakes for dessert both of which tasted heavenly.

Yabu SM The Block Private Tasting Event
(L-R) me, Kristen, Leo, Honey, Rochelle, Roygien

Birthday celebration at Yabu Robinsons Magnolia
(L-R) Twinkle, me, Rochelle, Honey, Aileen, Manel (celebrant), May and Jef

Yabu SM The Block
(L-R) Honey, Rochelle, Aileen, me, May, Kristen and Twinkle

Overall, I really enjoyed our Katsu experience at Yabu and I have to say that they serve the best Katsu I've ever tasted in Manila. Aside from the nice ambiance, I'm also impressed with their competent crew of servers who attend to your every need, constantly refilling your plates and glasses. 

I highly recommend this restaurant to everyone who wants a taste of reasonably priced authentic Japanese Katsu. To date, they have six branches around the Metro including SM Megamall, Robinsons Magnolia, SM Mall of Asia, SM South Mall, SM Aura Premier and SM The Block. So if you want authentic Japanese food, head now to Yabu and let them solve that craving for you. 

Special thanks to Ms. Erika Lim of Yabu, Mr. Roygien Co and Dr. Rochelle Abuan for the generous invitation.


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