yabu_chopsticksLet’s do some simple word mathematics.

YABU + (delicious – deli) = YABUlicious

And that’s how I came up with the title for this post. The end.

Kidding! Haha. But seriously, if we add the points for Yabu’s dishes, it’s a perfect 10. It really is worthy of its own adjective (yeah…I’m pushing for yabulicious). On to the interiors and the food!
yabu_insideWhat strikes me most about the place are the comic strips laid out in some walls. It’s their fun take on telling their tonkatsu story. They also have this wall that looks like a honeycomb. The place was well lit with plush black leather seats, and wooden tables.
yabu_saucesThey have a selection of sauces to choose from that you can add on your chosen dishes. But the one sauce that you must add on your tonkatsu is of course, their tonkatsu sauce which is the one on the far left.
yabu_seedsThis is my favorite part: the crushing of the sesame seeds. All you have to do is roll the wooden stick around the bowl (which was designed to have those lines for better crushing), and bask in the lovely aroma of black and white sesame seeds.

Hire Tonkatsu Set (100 g: P 380)
Hire Tonkatsu Set (100 g: P 380)

I chose their Hire Tonkatsu Set which had no fat. The other type is Rosu which is their premium pork cutlet with some fat. Each set comes with white rice, miso soup, Japanese pickles, cabbage, and fruit. The great thing about this set is that the rice and cabbage are unlimited. Yay!

yabu_tonkatsuI must say that the pork was really tender, juicy, and just…GREAT. It really had no fat which made me extremely happy as I’m not a fan of that part. Pour some sauce in and BAM! Heaven. 😀

Chicken Katsu Curry Set (P 375)
Chicken Katsu Curry Set (P 375)

Same with their Tonkatsu Set, their Katsu Curry Set comes with white rice, miso soup, Japanese pickles, cabbage, and fruit. Also, the rice and cabbage are unlimited.

yabu_curry2I have already tasted this before, and I can say that it’s pretty great too. The katsu is fried just right. One could have the curry sauce adjusted to either hot or very hot. Since this has their homemade curry sauce, there really is no need to add any of the condiments. It’s good on its own.

Honshea (P 140)
Honshea (P 140)

I’ve been frequenting this place for quite some time but never knew about their alcoholic drink list. The curious cat in me just had to try their Honshea which was a mix of sake and lemon. It was very light and quite lemony. I would recommend this for non-heavy alcoholic drinkers (like me!).

Yabu's Kick (P 190)
Yabu’s Kick (P 190)

Lo and behold Yabu’s Kick! A concoction of cayenne, whisky, casis, orgeat, and lime, this will have your heart in a bit of a race. It does live up to the act of its name.

yabu_facadeTheir dishes may seem expensive at first but if you look at the whole set, it’s really worth it. Plus, you get unlimited rice and cabbage. The service is really good. I made this mistake with their tonkatsu sauce (the cap of the container “swam” inside the container) and they happily replaced it. The servers very attentive by checking up on us, and asking about our dining experience.

Out of all the tonkatsu places out here in the metro, Yabu still tops my list. And yes, it was one yabulicious experience. ;p

2/F Glorietta 5,
Ayala Center, Glorietta Complex, Makati City
Official website: http://yabu.ph/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yabuhouseofkatsu
Twitter: https://twitter.com/yabuPH
Instagram: http://instagram.com/yabuph
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