YABU: All Things Katsu

ordered the Fish Set (from the Seafood Katsu Sets) composed of 180g (PhP 335) of Cream Dory fish fillet (smaller portions available at 120g and 90g, at PhP 300 and PhP 275 respectively) served with Japanese rice, miso soup, Japanese pickles, unlimited shredded cabbage with sesame dressing and a bowl of sliced fruits. I thought this was a small meal good for one but when the food was served, I had a hard time finishing it as it can be actually be good enough for two. The fish katsu was golden brown in color, perfectly cooked -- crunchy on the outside while fish is soft and juicy on the inside. I love vegetables so I had a grand time munching on the cabbage with sesame dressing.


TONKATSU is the fried chicken of pork. It is pork that is sliced, breaded and then deep fried.

Just as there are "Filipinized" versions of Spanish creations, the Japanese have what we might call "Japped" versions of European dishes as well. Tempura, for example, while being one of the most popular Japanese dishes today, was reportedly introduced to the Japs by the Portugese; tonkatsu, meanwhile, is said to have been influenced by the French.


Last November 11, this new Japanese restaurant opened in Mega Palengke. I’ve heard good reviews and a lot of people are tweeting on how good the food they serve. Since then, I’ve been wanting to try their Chicken Katsu and Oyster Katsu but the place is always packed whenever I’m in the area.

Yabu, The House of Katsu

I must say I like the interior of the restaurant. I like the soft, warm light which gives some touch of intimacy among groups of diners but it does not make you feel stiff and too business-like. It's cozy-laid back as a matter of fact. I like the murals on the left side of the dining area - kind of cartoonish focusing on Japanese characters and katsu. Next time I will take pictures of the mural as well as the facade.

Simple Eats: Yabu

Yabu is located at the 2nd floor of Megamall’s Atrium. It claims to offer the best Katsudon in town. It has a minimalist interior and its walls are lined with Comic type design depicting of a sensei teaching this kid how to make a good Katsudon.