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Ginza Bairin opens at the new Glorietta
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Is Manila ready for another tonkatsu brand?
Ginza Bairin is the latest tonkatsu restaurant to open at the new Glorietta 2.
What sets it apart is heritage that goes back to 1927, when the first Ginza Bairin opened in the now-posh district of Ginza in Tokyo.

Ginza Bairin

It was founded by Mr. Nobukatsu Shibuya, who formulated the first tonkatsu sauce, prior to the invention of Bulldog sauce. Watch this:

Last Tuesday we got to meet the founder’s grandson, Mr. Masaya Shibuya, who was in town to open the first branch in Manila. At right is Mr. Tetsuya Oyabu of Ginza Bairin Japan.

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We started off with a bowl of ligtly salted edamame

Ginza Bairn

and got acquainted with the sauces on the table

Ginza Bairn

Grind your own sesame seeds

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Add the special sauce

Ginza Bairin Special Tonkatsu Sauce

Also on the menu is this unique-looking gyoza

Ginza Bairn

Eel katsu

Ginza Bairn

Kushi katsu with meat and onion inside

Ginza Bairn

Meet my lunch: a sampler set of prawn, rosu, and hire katsu. The price is surprisingly affordable (around Php 475) for this and unlimited unlimited Japanese rice, fresh cabbage salad and dressings, miso soup, seasonal tsukemono (Japanese pickles), and genmaicha (Japanese brown rice tea).
All teishoku (set meals) also include a serving of seasonal fresh fruit.

Ginza Bairn

Ginza Bairin uses only the freshest meat using Japan-approved quality standards.
For its Kurobuta Tonkatsu, it uses Black Berkshire pig—prized for its marbling, juiciness, flavor, and tenderness. For frying, they use only cottonseed oil, a healthier alternative with zero trans fat.
The panko (breadcrumbs) used to coat the katsu is imported from Japan, made from an exclusive, in-house recipe especially made for katsu.

Miyakozawa

International Head Chef Yoshijiro Miyakozawa flew in to Manila to train the Philippine chefs the Ginza Bairin way

Ginza Bairn
Ginza Bairn

Now you can enjoy authentic katsu in three delicious ways:
First, as tonkatsu, or pork cutlet

Ginza Bairin dishes

Secondly, as Bairin Katsu Sando, or hire katsu sandwich

Ginza Bairn

Third, as katsudon, particularly the Ginza Bairin Special Katsudon, often hailed as “Number One Donburi in Japan.
It combines tender hire katsu, Japanese rice, special sauce, and farm-fresh eggs.

Ginza Bairin dishes

From a small store in Ginza, Tokyo, Ginza Bairin has branched out to Honolulu, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul, and now in Manila.
And for Scott Tan, Philippine Managing Director, Ginza Bairin is a passion project. “I recall eating at Ginza Bairin as a young, katsudon-obsessed boy on family trips to Japan. Ginza Bairin pioneered the katsu house as we know it—and today, I am deeply honored to have been chosen by Shibuya-san to be part of his family’s legacy.“

Ginza Bairn
From L-R: Mr. Yukio Hayashi (Ginza Bairin Philippines head chef), Scott Tan and Jimmy Tan of Ginza Bairin Philippines, Mr. Masaya Shibuya (President of Ginza Bairin), Mr. Yoshijiro Miyakozawa (Ginza International Head Chef), and Mr. Tetuya Oyabu, also of Ginza Bairin.

Ginza Bairin is at the Ground Floor, Glorietta 2, Palm Drive, Ayala Center, Makati City.
For inquiries and reservations, call 553-7350.

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Cavitekid

This was the best Tonkatsu restaurant until 13 December 2015 at 1800. I went there and there were 2 booths occupied by customers and 1 by some guy doing the books and his laptop on a table that we wanted to sit at. Then there were 3 tables occupied by couples of 2. Not the busiest I have ever seen, so were seated next to the window. There appeared to be 2 servers and one supervisor and took us nearly 10 minutes before we could even get somebody to attend to us. Finally, the “Supervisor/Manager approached and my wife began… Read more »

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Bella

not impressed with the food. yabu and saboten are much better. we waited for 45 mins for a table and our orders took forever. we had to ask for the sesame seeds 3x before it was given. we will not come back. 🙁

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Paolo

Food was good but not great. Service was really poor. I was in Yabu’s opening day in MOA and I had a much better customer service. The table on my left had his order not delivered after several follow-ups and one customer walked out because she was not accommodate well. You still have to ask for sesame seeds when other katsu places would give it upon ordering. I’m doing this post while in Ginza, waiting for my bill and my glass of water . [Reply]CVS Reply:July 31st, 2013 at 11:48 AMlol. for a while there I thought you were in… Read more »

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Anonymous

Not as good as i thought it would be. I have to say Yabu is better, in terms of taste and service.

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noonaj0

The best Katsudon ever! If only my waistline could afford it, I would eat it everyday.

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Walang ganyan sa Amsterdam. Boo. Everything looks so good, nagtatakam ako!

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CVS Reply:

meron namang Wok To Go diyan! hehe 🙂

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Deepa Reply:

Wok to Walk! Haha

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Christopher Sevilla

Last Tuesday we got to meet the founder’s grandson, Mr. Masaya Shibuya, who was town to open the first branch in Manila. At right is Mr. Tetsuya Oyabu of Ginza Bairin Japan. ——–who was town…… or who was in town? nawala po si in hehe joke…

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CVS Reply:

thanks 🙂

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Jay Lozada

Good good good!

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hew me

omg, eel katsu? get out.

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