On one Saturday, August 31, 2013, my college buddies decided to meet and play bowling. I almost ditched them. My introversion kicked in. I just want to stay at home and rest. Besides, I plan to go to Mckinley Hill for Up Dharma Down’s gig. (Yes, I;m a super fan) A couple of texts, flooded facebook inbox and a promise to accompany me to Mckinley, I decided to follow them at Starmall to bowl.
After 2 games, we decided to call it quits. Besided, our shoulders are getting kinda stiff already. We finished around 7pm. I was ready to go Mckinley by that time but my companions discouraged me. Saying its already late blah blah blah.. Finally, after a promise to accompany me on the next gig, I gave in and decided not to go. We were getting kinda hungry so we decided to just have dinner before going home.
We decided to dine in Yabu: House of Katsu in Megamall. (Ang haba ng introduction. lol)
Yabu is a Japanese Restaurant that specializes on Katsudon. Chicken, pork, and others. It was dinner time so the place was a little packed. We reserved seats for 7 people and waited for us to be called.
We decided to order the Rosu pork loin tonkatsu set (120g) as seen in the picture below:
One thing good about yabu is the unlimited everything in the dish except the katsu itself. Cabbage, fruits, rice, pickles and miso soup is unlimited.
While waiting for our food to arrive, the waiter explained to us the Yabu Tradition. Basically, its mixing your own sauce to go with your katsu. It goes like this:
1. Grind the black and white Japanese sesame seeds with mortar and pestle provided. It was actually fun. Also a way to kill time while waiting for your food.
2. After grinding, mix three (3) helpings (three is their recomended but you can still add whatever number of helpings you like) of their katsu sauce with the grinded seeds.
3. Add spices as desired. There are chili powder, chili oil and japanese pepper.
Our food then arrived while we are preparing the sauce. I swear, its a good tactic from the restaurant. Keeps the customers busy aside from just waiting for their order. Bored customers = not good.
You also have a choice for the rice. Either Japanese white rice or brown rice. I chose the brown rice. Brown rice is more scattered compared to the sticky white rice so it was harder to eat as we were using chopsticks.
The dish was served with shaved cabbage. They also have sauces for your side dish. You can chose from Goma (sesame dressing), Shoyou and wasabi. The most popular is their Goma dressing. I also prefer this out of the three. A little sour and just right for the bland cabbage. The shoyou taste like bland soy sauce and wasabi, well, its wasabi. self explanatory.
I find their pink salt container cute. Its a piglet with its mouth wide open.
Yabu did not disappoint. The taste and quantity is just right for its price. Will definitely be going back. The staff are also nice and accommodating. The ambiance is also nice.
Our smiles below will be the judge. Satisfied and full. Happy tummy!