For the love of japanese food… Sigh…After months of drooling over the photos on blogs, social networking sites, print ads and all, finally last April 20, 2013 (yeah backlogged post again), I, together with Cilla, was finally able to taste the famous and pretty much the talk of the town- The Katsu of Yabu at the Mall of Asia
! Okay, I’ll just jump into the food part!
On every table, a variety of condiments are available specifically for each dish that will be served. Now let’s go to the entertainment part while waiting for the main star of our meal.
While waiting for our tonkatsu sets, we are told to do Yabu’s “traditional” ritual of grinding the sesame seeds in the mortar. I was really excited on this part! Oh the sound and feel of grinding sesame seeds…. Just look at the photos! Okay, meh, I chose the wrong set of photos because the happy one’s were all blurry. :P
Okay enough with that. We started our meal with a set of appetizers. (195 pesos for two appetizers) I chose the “Edamame”, young green soy beans and Cilla chose the “Wakame”, seaweed salad topped with ebiko, shrimp’s eggs. I’ve always wanted to try edamame just because I’m curious and they were good! The wakame tasted better though and I’m glad Cilla picked that one out.
We ordered two bottomless glasses of their house blend iced tea (95 pesos/glass). It was good too!
Me before digging in to the divine meal of the day and a closer look at the main stars of this blog post.Cilla’s order: 150g Hire (Pork Tenderloin) Set (405 pesos)
Served with UNLIMITED Japanese rice, miso soup, Japanese pickles, UNLIMITED cabbage with sesame dressing and a bowl of fruit. My order: HIre and Seafood Katsu Set (485 pesos)
Served with UNLIMITED Japanese rice, miso soup, Japanese pickles, UNLIMITED cabbage with sesame dressing and a bowl of fruit.
I’ve wanted to try the Hire and everything, (and also because I love seafood) so I settled with this set and the verdict- EVERYTHING WAS DELICIOUS
! The katsu was juicy, tender + the crispiness of the coating is perfect with the sauce! Same as the seafood. I didn’t know which to eat first. haha! The cabbage, miso soup plus the Japanese rice, plus plus the wonderful katsu…. ay nako, basta masarap!*BUUUURP
The aftermath. I don’t eat rice but that day was an exception. I had two rounds (three maybe?) of rice! Jusko ang diet ko! haha!
But I don’t regret everything I ate that day! Minsan lang naman.
The staff were really nice! Another ++ points for them. Apologies for not been able to describe each dish properly and if I left you hanging, better to check Yabu out for yourself! I will definitely go back again and try their other dishes!Yabu: House of Katsu
SM Mall of Asia
2/F SM Mall of Asia, Main Mall Atrium, South Arcade, Pacific Dr Manila Bay Reclamation Area, Pasay
Rating? 9.5 out of 10 stars!