I recently tried Yabu House of Katsu in Megamall Atrium after reading about the restaurant in other food blogs. The place was packed even on a weekday but I was alone so I was able to get a table fast. I decided to get a Tonkatsu Set which came with Japanese rice, miso soup, Japanese pickles, unlimited cabbage with gomatake (sesame dressing) and a small bowl of fruit. When ordering, you have to choose the kind of meat and its size. They have imported “Kurobuta” pork and local ones which are always delivered fresh, never frozen, or so their menu says. The local pork has 2 variants: Rosu which has fat and Hire which is lean. Of course I chose Rosu because I like to live dangerously As for size, there’s 180g, 120g, and 90grams. My Tonkatsu Set is a 180g Rosu which costs P365 (+12% VAT & Service Charge).
I like the fact that patrons have to grind the roasted sesame seeds. It’s very interactive and the smell of crushed sesame seeds can work up an appetite.
Did I like it? Yes I did. It was crunchy and meaty as it should be. The pork is fresh and soft. The batter is okay. The salad is satisfactory. However, I don’t understand why the restaurateurs said that the katsu melts in your mouth. How could breaded pork melt in ones’ mouth? I’d understand if it’s not breaded…maybe I’m just being too literal but I still disagree with their claim. There is also a slight aftertaste. A metallic aftertaste at that. I don’t know if it’s because of the oil or the pork but it makes the dining experience a bit unpleasant.
The redeeming factor is the Himalayan Pink Salt. I love rock salt and I sprinkled the pink Himalayan salt abundantly all over my katsu.
Will I eat there again? Yes, I will if it isn’t crowded.
Yabu House of Katsu
2/F Mega Atrium