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Yabu: House of Katsu

The first authentic Katsu restaurant in the country, Yabu prepares this much-loved dish so differently making it a succulently delicious cut above the rest.

Many say Yabu is reminiscent of their restaurant experiences in Japan. That's because Yabu's chefs are trained by Chef Kazuya Takeda Master of Katsu at Tonkatsu Tanesshin one of the best tonkatsu restaurants in Tokyo!

Here, delicious is in the details. Everything is prepared meticulously from using Koshihikari the finest Japanese rice to lifting the pork from the bubbling oil at the exact second.

 in Japanese also means to be victorious. In fact it has become somewhat of a tradition for Japanese students to eat Katsudon on the night before a major exam. So literally Yabu: House of Katsu can also be loosely called Yabu: House of Victory. With Tonkatsu as good as theirs? It might as well be.

Contact Info

Glorietta
2/F, Glorietta 5
Ayala Center
Glorietta Complex
Makati

Redemption Hours:
Monday-Friday, 11AM to 9PM

SM Megamall
2/F, Mega Atrium
SM Megamall
Ortigas
Mandaluyong

Redemption Hours:
Monday-Friday, 10AM to 9PM

SM North EDSA
2/F, The Block
SM City North EDSA
Quezon City

Redemption Hours:
Monday-Friday, 10AM to 9PM

SM Southmall
G/F, SM Southmall
Alabang-Zapote Road
Almanza, Las Piñas

Redemption Hours:
Monday-Friday, 10AM to 9PM

Alabang Town Center
2/F, Alabang Town Center
Alabang, Muntinlupa

Redemption Hours:
Monday-Friday, 11AM to 10PM

It has been said: the proof of the pudding is in the eating. In the case of Yabu, it's definitely in its Katsu, short for Tonkatsu, or pork cutlet. Packed to the brim, the restaurant always has hordes of diners waiting by and no one cares if it's lunch or dinner. They just want to try the authentic Katsu anytime of the day. Whether out of curiosity or simply to follow the Katsu craze, the owners said there has been no let-up.

Asia Tatler Dining

The Yabu experience reminds us of the tonkatsu restos we frequent in HK and Japan. Yabu has been getting a lot of buzz online and for good reason. Of the five [katsu] places we visited, only Yabu serves sesame seeds with its tonkatsu sauce. You grind it up with the pestle before pouring the sauce. We love the extra kick of flavor the seeds give the sauce. The service was good, the wait staff attentive.

Pam Pastor & Tatin Yang
Philippine Daily Inquirer

We suggest you check out this Japanese katsu place with your man, your barkada, or your family. You won't regret it. Yabu: House of Katsu would satisfy your craving for deep-fried Japanese food--it's both something new and pleasantly familiar, sinfully savory yet still good for you.

Heidi Ng
Cosmopolitan Philippines

It feels almost like a ceremony, I thought to myself as our server instructed Pad on how to prepare the tonkatsu sauce. We were waiting for our food to arrive at Yabu: House of Katsu when the short tableside lecture began. “Grind the black and white sesame seeds to your desired texture, before pouring the sauce in,” he demonstrated using a long wooden scoop. “Then stir with your chopsticks, not the mortar.” It was two in the afternoon on a weekday, yet Yabu was still full of diners. Surprising since the lunch rush was supposed to be over already, but we’re told that it’s always like this at Yabu. Honestly though, after tasting the food, it’s easy to understand why a lot of diners are raving about this katsu-centric restaurant. For a restaurant built on a single dish, Yabu excels, delivering quality, delicious food and good service. Be prepared to beat the lunch and dinner rush, or be prepared to wait if you plan on dining. Rest assured though, it will all be worth it.

Kaoko

I choose Yabu’s tonkatsu because it is honest food that doesn’t try to imitate something you’ve tasted in Japan before, since IT IS that dish you tasted in Japan. It sets the standard for those who will attempt to cook this dish.

Erwan Heussaff
Esquire Philippines