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Tonkatsu or Japanese pork cutlet is something I like to eat but don’t get to eat often except when abroad, because what we have here in Manila is usually close to a breaded porkchop.
In Singapore, I used to eat this with Ana, at the basement of Takashiyama

Romankan Yokohama
romankan yokohama

Until something better came along: Tonkichi can be found in many places in Singapore and Hong Kong.
My favorite combo is pork (rosu katsu) and oysters

Tonkichi

Don’t forget a side of soft-shell crab

Soft-shell crab, Tonkichi

As far as the real thing goes, there’s Maisen, practically an institution in Omotesando

Maisen

It’s not my favorite tonkatsu, but I get this warm fuzzy feeling when I’m there because Omotesando is one of my favorite places in the whole world

Maisen tonkatsu

Recently I’ve been looking forward to Saboten at the Hong Kong airport. I always plan my meal around it—meaning, I make sure I have appetite and time to eat before flying. There’s always a crazy line

Saboten

Here’s my favorite meal

Saboten

Now, Yabu comes to SM Megamall. Recently opened last November 11th, I was invited to have dinner there by its owners Peachy and John Concepcion. One wall has manga

Yabu

The other has sake cups

Wall of sake cups

Peachy tells me it started with her husband’s obsession to bring authentic tonkatsu to Manila. The concept of Yabu was developed through the help of a Japanese consultant.
I can’t tell you how much food we ate.

Keri, Grace, Jay, Len

What I liked most were the rosu katsu (pork with a little bit of fat) and the plump Japanese oysters (Hint: I don’t like tonkatsu sauce, so I dip this in ponzu sauce and sesame seeds, which they have on the table as a salad dressing).

Yabu

Here’s the seafood combo

Mixed seafood katsu

They were on soft opening when we dined there last week, so the service still needs some polishing (sesame seeds should arrive before food) and the seafood tended to crumble in its breading. But I’ll definitely be back with Jeroen very soon.
I’m just happy with have something like this in Manila, and very close to home.

Yabu, the House of Katsu is now open on the 2nd level Atrium of SM Megamall.
Open daily from 10 AM-10 PM.
Tel. 576-3900
To know more, visit https://www.facebook.com/yabuhouseofkatsu.

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looks good! do they serve japanese beer?

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jemriz

im going back to sg in two weeks, me and husband are planning to go straight to saboten.. will try YABU pagbalik next year..hehehe 

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What kind of rice do they use? If the food’s good but they use ordinary rice, sayang naman. I hope that’s not the case. [Reply]CVS Reply:November 21st, 2011 at 7:59 PMit was OK. My guess is Jasponica [Reply]Christopher Sevilla Reply:November 22nd, 2011 at 2:02 AMano sapalagay mo ang yakitori market dito sa pinas straight from the master yung sauce.. sa tingin ko malabo kasi bbq lang ok na eh pero sabi niya tonkatsu at iabng condiments pwede niya ituro…..kaya isip isip ako  since 35 years na sila dito sa japan at very local lang market nila isip ko authentic din… Read more »

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Korek, sesami seed should be served first before the food para madikdik na cya ng mas maaga at ma mix na with other sauce

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me and husband tried it last sunday, they are still on soft opening. after 40mins of waiting for our order, we asked for our bill and the lady supervisor, apologized and asked not to pay anymore but we insisted to pay and after 2 mins, finally, dumating rin yn food.  after it was served, we asked for the bill na rin kasi bka matagalan ulit, they charged us only for 1 meal. hope they’ll improve service bec tonkatsu is good, sayang naman. we’ll still come back but probably not on peak hours. [Reply]CVS Reply:November 21st, 2011 at 8:00 PMSunday’s not… Read more »

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Can’t wait to try Yabu out!

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Who’s the cute guy with you? Talagang yung cute guy ang napansin noh? Hehehe. I admire the quality of the pictures and the style of photography. Hopefully, I could come up with such amazing photos!

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St. Peter in the midst…

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Jong

Thanks for the heads-up! Do they serve Japanese beer?

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Mags

Do they have soft shell crabs too? If not, would you know where we can get soft shell crabs here in Manila? :3

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CVS Reply:

i didn’t see it in their menu. none in Manila right now. before it was super uso.

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sariecruz.com Reply:

Mamou has a soft shell crab salad if that’ll do? 🙂

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divasoria Reply:

omakase has spider maki(fried soft shell crab) and soft shell crab tempura

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Maggmaggq Reply:

fish and co. they have softshell crab salad

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sariecruz.com

Mamou has a soft shell crab salad if that’ll do? 🙂

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omakase has spider maki(fried soft shell crab) and soft shell crab tempura

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Maggmaggq

fish and co. they have softshell crab salad

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Tara

I passed by the resto last week and thought of you because of the tonkatsu! 

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Whooooaaa authentic Tonkatsu!!! Oo nga Ms. C I love to taste authentic Tonkatsu. 🙂
Kesa puro breaded porkchop lang. Haha.

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