Yabu: The House of Katsu Revisited

yabu house of katsu

Yabu: The House of Katsu

Last Monday, I got to meet up with three of my closest friends in Elementary and High School for a night of celebration and fun-filled catching up. Since these people actually believe that being a food blogger makes you an authority on what to eat, they asked me what I would recommend. I considered that our birthday boy, Jeff, who is currently living and working in Cebu City and Angeli, our future surgeon, both have not had their fill of Yabu, I thought they would really enjoy a dinner at Yabu: House of Katsu.

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With Jeff and Angeli flipping through the menu, my best friend Lynette and I can tell that these two first-timers to Yabu are having  a difficult time deciding what to eat: everything seems delicious! Lynette and I went with our usual Menchi Katsu Set.

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Wet Towels and a cold glass of water

I still couldn’t believe I was eating here again barely two weeks after my first time here at Yabu. There were a few things I didn’t get to do last time, like use the wet towels. The last time I was here, I touched the wet towels only after our dinner, and commented that they were cold, but were probably warm before we ate. I realized now that the towels are really served cold. It would have been better a little warmer.

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Achievement: Grinding the sesame seeds

Also, last time, the server did the grinding of the sesame seeds for us. This time, the server left us to do the grinding ourselves. I never realized it was difficult to grind it to powdered perfection! My arms were already getting sore and tired, but I didn’t want whole sesame seeds on my katsu sauce, so persevere I did.

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Jeff’s Set: Salmon Set (Php 475.00)

And also, last time we kind of did felt cheated because our food arrived after minutes from the time we ordered, later than their commitment to deliver the order within twenty minutes, or else it’s free. We kind of already warned Jeff and Angeli of this Yabu rule, so we told them to pray that the food gets served later. If it does, then we get our orders for free; if it doesn’t, then we get to have our katsu earlier. That’s a win-win situation right there.

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The first-timers: Jeff and Angeli with their Salmon Set and Katsu Curry set

Well, unfortunately for the birthday celebrators (read: the sponsors of this wonderful dinner), Jeff and Lynette, food came early, latest at fifteen minutes. Jeff was the first one to get his order, a Salmon Set. It’s a little more expensive than the other katsus in the menu, but considering that its high-grade salmon, breaded with panko and deep fried, and still retained its tenderness, the price is worth it. If you’re thinking four chunks of salmon wouldn’t be enough, just imagine the appetite of this big guy we were with, yet was still able to spare a chunk to be shared by me and my best friend.

 

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Katsu Curry Set (Php 375)

The Katsu Curry set, priced at Php 375, was different from the usual Katsu set, because the katsu was swimming in curry sauce. This was Angeli’s pick, and she seemed satisfied with her order. I didn’t get to try it for myself, though, so I can’t say anything about the taste.

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My favorite from the menu, Menchi Katsu

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A slice of Menchi Katsu on my katsu sauce with chili powder

Lynette and I ordered Menchi Katsu, which was wonderful as always. Since I never really liked eating too much rice, I settled for more cabbage refills.

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Mad for cabbage! Swimming in Sesame Salad dressing. YUM!

I think we all got too full and everyone went katsu crazy that night. At some point, I felt the need to stand up and walk around, because my stomach felt like it was going to burst any minute. I even caught myself just staring at the comics, unable to open my mouth anymore because I wasn’t feeling too well from eating too much.

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Yabu Manga: The Origin of the 45-ingredient Katsu Curry

 

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Yabu is more fun enjoyed with friends <3

Overall, I’m really glad that Lynette invited me to try Yabu two weeks ago, and got to share my love for Yabu with two other friends who have not yet tried it for themselves. Thank you Jeff and Lynette for treating us to dinner! Thank you to the two of you, and Angeli too, for being patient enough to allow me to take photos of your food. :)) All in a day’s work for a food blogger.  And Happy Birthday, you guys! I’m glad we were able to meet again despite our busy schedules, with Jeff working in Cebu, and Angeli practically living as a slave in the hospital, training to become a doctor, and Lynette and I being the working girlfriends that we are. ILY guys, and I look forward to more dinners and just hanging out more with you. -HANA

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