Cuisines served in Yabu, Mandaluyong City Philippines
Yabu, Ortigas timings
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User Reviews for Yabu
My love affair with Yabu started more than a year ago in this particular branch. Sir Mon, the manager and all the staff are very accommodating that I started introducing this place to friends until it has become our usual turf for get-togethers.
My favorite appetizer is the Superior Potato and Egg Salad, which I order every time.
I had dinner with my friends recently, this time I had the Chicken and Seafood Katsu Set (Php475), which has chicken, fish, scallops, veggies, and prawn.
Note that aside from the organic cabbage, Japanese rice and miso soup, even the fruits are now unlimited.
For quality dishes, top notch service and value for money, I highly recommend Yabu.
Premium Katsu at a premium price makes me avoid Katsu (I did not realize pork was this expensive)
(Disclaimer: I don't like Yabu due to how expensive it is. It will be very evident in this review. I do not of course mean to offend anyone - the owners, employees and patrons of Yabu. This is merely my opinion and I respect that you love Yabu and its dishes)
Note: when you write katsu on google search, yabu.ph is on top of the list (now you know where the premium price you paid for goes)
After spending time in a country that had bad tasting pork, my wife treated me to the latest pork craze in town: Yabu (the house of Katsu) (I think Max's tagline was better).
1st things 1st: I can't believe I'm paying this amount for fried pork. (I recommend to Avoid! - as Zomato puts it)
Edamame is free in some Japanese Restuarants (Kimono Ken if I'm not mistaken)
Unlimited free rice is available at Tokyo Tokyo if I'm not mistaken (and if you are willing to pay for unlimited japanese rice - I think you are also health conscious and would not really partake of the unlimited japanese rise as it will likely increase your blood sugar level in a very unhealthy way)
The Katsu ritual in the Philippines looks innovative (additional 0.5 points) but did not really do much to the taste of the fried pork
The amount served is astonishingly small as to what I paid for. I guess you are paying for quality of the pork and ambiance (which again cannot satisfy a hungry man's tummy).
My wife's selling point for Yabu was the quality of the pork and how crispy it was (high quality of preparation).
The taste: it taste like very well made fried pork.
Long story short: it tasted clean. (Which is of course a big deal in Manila). I think you can be sure that you will not be afflicted with cysticercosis when you enjoy a pork tonkatsu from Yabu.
I do think there are better value sets of Katsu in town.
My wife was sooo sad that I did not like Yabu. I think my wife and I were supposed to celebrate something when we ate at Yabu. I totally forgot what to celebrate when I ate at Yabu.
I will not recommend Yabu: It is very bad (In my opinion).
I have never gone back to Yabu.
Update: after discussing with my brother over lunch at Tokyo Tokyo, I am tempted t go back and give Yabu another try (increasing rating by 0.5)
Miso happy! The next time you find yourself mucking around a Yabu near you, order up a storm and try their newest creations and find out how they fare against your old favorites. Not only are all their sets pretty affordable, they are also served with unlimited rice (they have organic brown rice if you ask!), cabbage, and miso soup.
Miso curious no longer, Yabu: House of Katsu! They have really outdone themselves this time with their newest offerings, and because I couldn't wait to check it out, I dragged good ol' Jericho with me all the way to Megamall (with his car dying on us twice) so we could bear witness to the deliciousness that emanated from the belly of the beast - Yabu's first branch.
We started our dinner with Yabu's Cold Spinach Salad with Goma Sauce. The steamed spinach is topped with delicate bonito flakes while wading in goma sauce. I can just have this at Yabu and be a happy camper. The spinach gets lathered with the goma's sesame goodness, and the every so delicate bonito flakes balance out the flavor.
They didn't have the Iidako Salad yet. It's a baby octopus marinated in a sweet-savory sauce, tossed with crisp slices of cucumber. I don't know if I want to try that - chomping into a baby octopus head isn't my idea of yum.
Jericho ordered his favorite Yabu dish, Menchi. The minced premium beef and pork protect the oozing creamy center, and the whole thing is covered with the crunchy panko that they make themselves.
Although it's a lot more tender than the Kurobuta (it is minced, after all), I find the Menchi to be a bit too salty for my palate, which was probably from the cheese. Jericho loves it though and commented that the cheese lent another layer of flavor with each bite. Still, too salty for me.
Another one of Yabu's newest creations is the Miso Katsu. Choose from their Rosu, Hire, or Kurobuta pork cutlets topped with sweet miso sauce, sprinkled with spring onions and ground sesame seeds, all served on a Japanese hot plate!
I tried their Rosu cut with the Miso Katsu. The sauce is a bit salty and sweet, giving the plain ol' katsu a whole new flavor profile. I would alternate between giving my piece of rosu a good swish in it's miso bath and dipping it into the sesame tonkatsu sauce (old habits die hard) before enjoying all the new, complex flavors this dish brings.
Another new roll out are that Yabu's Rosu dishes - Rosu Katsu Curry, Rosu Special Katsudon and Rosu Original Katsudon - are now made with US Pork!
As a side note, I want to commend the people who handle Yabu's social media. They're doing such a great job of making sure their online and offline marketing work like clockwork. The staff at the restaurant knew what promos were happening on Facebook, and their Facebook moderator keeps pointing people back to the stores.
Yabu, you can't help but keep coming back. Seriously! There's really something about this place, and the food...
This is my second time to eat at Yabu, though the first for this branch. I had dinner here with my younger brother (shoti) after one of our shopping excursions. I've been hyping about Yabu since i got back from China, so he was super okay with the idea of choosing Yabu for our dinner venue.
As always, there were a lot of customers, but it was worth waiting for despite the fact that i was starving. I was going to try and go for another dish because everything just looks so good and you want to try out all the dishes at least once, but I ultimately decided to order the rosu pork 120g again, even when I had mentioned before that 120g will really make you full! (I really don't listen to my own advice!)
My shoti on the otherhand ordered the curry rosu, which came recommended by our really helpful manager - Stephanie, who when she heard that my shoti was a Yabu virgin, introduced the condiments to us and answered his questions about the restaurant and such. She even talked to him about the spicy levels for the curry rosu, because my brother really really loves spicy food. She even moved the spicy condiments over on his side of the table!
I really enjoyed my food, and looking at my brother's satisfied face, I think he was too. I let him grind the seed things for my sauce, just to let him try it out. I even offered him my sauce for his rosu so he could try out a different flavor. He also enjoyed the cabbage and had 3 refills, while I only had 2 and one extra scoop of rice.
I think sitting inside the restaurant is much better than outside (where i sat last time), and the servers often come by asking if i want more rice or cabbage. And since i ordered the bottomless lemonade, refills for that too. Stephanie (the manager) would drop by our table a couple of times too, asking how we liked our food, if we wanted anything else, things like that. Thumbs up to Yabu for getting someone so competent! :)
What can I say other that I still really love Yabu!! It kind of empties out your wallet (though the price is reasonably a bit expensive) but you leave full and happy. If money wasn't an issue, I'd be here every week, in spite of the lines. :)
Try it out! I hope that whomever reads this also meets Stephanie when they visit the SM Megamall branch.
After writing this review, I'm craving again. Oh my!
I have dined several times already and the food does not disappoint me. Their katsudon are tender and the portion of the meat is good enough to satisfy one person.
I also love the attentive staff. They are sensitive to the needs of the guests. The unlimited cabbage is also a plus!
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