From its inception in the 19th century Japan, people from across the globe had been clamoring about katsu with tenacious gusto. Katsu, a short term for Katsuretsu, which means "cutlet" is a de facto classic Japanese dish and a default yearning for those who wanted to have something crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, you can even slice it through your chopsticks.
This is where Yabu: The House of Katsu, the Philippines' only authentic Katsu haven, seek a standing ovation from the culinary sphere, with its fine array of signature Katsu.
Obviously for a restaurant like this, an accolade isn't too far off.
Some of its specialties are even trumpeted at the restaurant facade.
Condiment. Never start your plate without it. Did you notice the piggy?
Green Mango Shake to compliment with what's in store for us.
Like a ceremonial concoction before you stuff yourself, a bowl of sesame seeds and a wooden mortar is provided. Grind it, pour and mix it with kits sauce.
Hire and Seafood Katsu Set.
It's a piquant mix of pork and seafood, Hire, Black Tiger Prawn, Cream Dory, Scallop, Eggplant and Pepper.
Chicken Katsu Set-- because the gourmand in me is asking for an unlimited rice, miso soup, Japanese pickles, unlimited cabbage with sesame dressing and a bowl of fruit.
It's a soft chicken fillet covered in golden panko and fried for crispy goodness. It's so soft, you can even cut it with chopsticks.
The face of a happy dinner.
All things Katsu in Yabu is done with meticulous attention to quality and an artistic whip. The ABC of cooking starts from its fresh produce. Sourced from its partners locally, they are delivered fresh and never frozen, not mentioning the best meat there is. Yabu prides itself on one of its produce, a centerstage of Kurobota premium pork which is a "Kobe beef of the pork world", pink and heavily marbled, making it as succulent as a juicy that it even literally melts in your mouth.
They also have other things to boot, like pork loin, pork tenderloin, chicken and seafood cuts that will surely make you dip, taste and enjoy.