Yabu: House of Katsu

Initially my mom and I were supposed to go to Ogetsuhime at SM Aura but instead we ended up going to Yabu. We had never eaten at Yabu, despite all the craze about the place. So we were both interested to see how their tongkatsu tasted like. I really love going to Japanese restaurants together with my mom because I know that she knows what she is talking about all the time, being Japanese and all.

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Dressings and Other Tsukemono

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Menchi Katsu Curry Set (Php 395)

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Oroshi Katsu Set (Php 395)

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Oroshi Katsu

  Tongkatsu as the waiter told us is their specialty, and I agree that It definitely is. My mom and I loved the fast style of their service and their manager was constantly watching all of them. Very Japanese styled and healthy served food. You even have an option for brown or white rice, in fact my mom only asked for half rice. You get unlimited Rice, Organi Cabbage, Miso Soup and Fruits for the set. That is very cheap considering the price. My mom loved the Organic Cabbage, it was really crunchy and good. They also serve hot barley tea which is not on the menu. It tasted like mugicha but the hot kind. I would recommend you all to try their Oroshi Katsu set if you are a lover of tongkatsu and healthy combinations. It was definitely worth our money to come here, and the manager was also very friendly to us.

There are a lot of different Katsu sets that you can choose from so I suggest that you try all of them as they all look very good. And they cook it very well here. Try their Wasabi dressing for your cabbage! It was my favorite dressing.

Budget per person: about 400-500 pesos each

Tsukiji Restaurant, Makati

Tsukiji Restaurant is a Japanese restaurant located beside Greenbelt along Arnaiz Avenue where most of the good Japanese restaurants I know are located. I have eaten here once before with my family, this time we came here to eat as a whole family for Mothers day. So we were about 24 people. My mom being a Japanese loves good Japanese food and she is very hard to please, but the Japanese food here is one she really loves. They get their ingredients here fresh from Japan which is what my mom loves about this place. Plus their chef is Japanese and a friend of hers.

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Ume Ochazuke – Pickled plum (Php 450)

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Ikura Don – Salmon Roe (Php 990)

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Taco vinegared dishes with Wakame seaweed (Php 550)

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Kaiso Salad (Php 680)

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Sushi plate set

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Tuna

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Takenoko sweet bamboo shoot (php 220)

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Wagyu Sashimi (php 1200)

We tried this place last year as well and my mom and I agree that though the food here is pricey as compared to the food we eat in Japan. It is the closest you can get to good Japanese food here in the Philippines. It is very hard to find good Japanese restaurants here in Manila. If you’re looking for a place, this is it. However be prepared to spend. A LOT.

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Address:900 A Arnaiz Avenue Corner Paseo De Roxas Street San Lorenzo Village, Makati, Makati 1200
Phone:(02) 812 2913

RECOMMENDATIONS: Sushi and Sashimi, Wagyu Sashimi (This is amazing and very soft)

BUDGET: We spent about 40,000 Pesos all in all for 24 people, and we even shared for some of the meals. I suggest that you allot about 1500-2000 per person. Just in case you would like to order and share different dishes.