At the time of this posting, hubby and I have officially visited Kimukatsu at Shangrila Plaza Mall a total of two times. The first visit was on February 1, 2014 when we had dinner with our high school friends. The second one was on February 17, 2014 when we were invited by the folks at Kimukatsu. Kimukatsu was opened by the same group who franchised Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen. I decided to blog about it after two visits so I can post a more thorough review.
Kimukatsu is illuminated by what seems like a gazillion hanging lamps on the ceiling.
This is how the table it set up — there’s a plate, a pair of chopsticks, and a dipping sauce container with three compartments. I just ordered cold mugicha (barley tea), which is their complimentary house tea, as my drink.
These are the condiments that can be found on each table — Himalayan Pink Salt, Tonkatsu Sauce, Ponzu Sauce, as well as two house dressings (sesame and special Kimukatsu dressing) for the shredded cabbage which accompanies every kimukatsu order.
This is how you’re supposed to compartmentalize your dips — ponzu sauce, tonkatsu sauce, and then the ground sesame seeds. It’s up to you if you will mix the sesame seeds with the sauces or just have it as is with some pink salt.
Every Kimukatsu order comes with unlimited miso soup (you can choose between red or white miso soup). I like the more flavorful red miso soup as it has a deeper and more savory taste, white is kind of bland in comparison after you taste red.
Of course, there’s unlimited cabbage too. It’s served up for sharing with a pair of serving chopsticks. I used to like to pour sesame dressing all over my cabbage but in this case I prefer the less cloying special Kimukatsu dressing.
I was impressed by their steamed Koshihikari rice, which is also unlimited. It’s subjected to a special immersion process to enhance shine and help keep its moisture.
Wow, the rice is so shiny and sticky and chewy! It’s so hard to control your portions with rice this good.
During our first visit, there was just 5 of us so we ordered the platter which had 6 kinds of kimukatsu. There are 7 flavors though so we were unable to try one variant. On our second visit, we were served with all 7 kinds so at least now I can say that I’ve tasted everything, lol! The 7 Flavor Kimukatsu Set (P2,400, pictured above) is good for 6 people as it comes with 6 unlimited soup-cabbage-pickles-rice sets. So if you have a group of 6 dining, you’ll need to spend P400 per person for the complete kimukatsu experience.
The Kimukatsu variants are: Plain (no filling), Garlic, Black Pepper, Cheese, Negi Shio (Leeks and Salt), Yuzu Kosho (Lime and Green Chili), Ume Shiso (Sour Plum and Shiso Leaf). The fillings are typically in the middle portion of the kimukatsu (see the cheese above) except for Black Pepper where the black pepper is incorporated into a coating underneath the crunchy breading.
This is a piece with the Yuzu Kosho filling, hubby’s favorite. See how the pork is in super thin layers folded inside the breading? This is what sets Kimukatsu apart from all the other tonkatsu places. They don’t serve regular tonkatsu, they only have 25 layers mille-feuille tonkatsu on the menu. Mille-feuille is a kind of French layered cake.
Everything’s sooo good, Plain is the variant I like least because it’s so boring if you compare it with all the others. I was told the bestseller is Cheese. As for me, I can’t make up my mind if I like Cheese, Black Pepper, Garlic, or Yuzu Kosho best. Since there was just three of us dining that time, I got to take home the unfinished katsu. The neat thing is, they tasted just as good at home after I heated them in the oven toaster for several minutes.
I super loved this Kimutaku (P110, pictured above) which we got to try on the side. It’s Japanese pickles mixed with Korean kimchi then sprinkled with lots of sesame seeds. It’s so good that my hubby who doesn’t eat pickles and kimchi thought it was yummy!
We also tried the Kimukatsu Plain Sandwich (P210, pictured above). It may look intimidating due to its overall thickness but it’s really not hard to eat since the bread compresses when you hold it and the kimukatsu is so tender it’s very easy to bite off. The kimukatsu here is glazed with tonkatsu sauce. This would be perfect for merienda.
Ebi Mayo (P210, pictured above) was served too. Although I’m allergic to shrimp I did try one piece. No can do for me as I found it quite cloying.
I would’ve wanted to taste something off Kimukatsu’s roster of interesting desserts but I was too full to eat any more after trying out all the Kimukatsu variants. I highly recommend Kimukatsu if you’re looking for a different kind of tonkatsu experience as they are the only ones who serve it this way here in Manila. I can say that they are consistent as the Kimukatsu tasted the same on both visits. It’s a good idea to dine in a group so you can order a group set and try different variants. Will we be back? Yes, definitely!
Level 5 Shangrila Plaza East Wing
Shaw Blvd. cor. EDSA, Mandaluyong City
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