I was invited to the grand opening of one of my favorite restaurants, Yabu House of Katsu, at the newest mall in town — Robinsons Magnolia. Robinsons Magnolia is named such because it stands where the iconic Magnolia Ice Cream House used to be. I still remember eating Ernie and Bert ice cream sundaes there as a child.
Since the place was brand spanking new, I got to take a photo of Yabu’s condiment tray in perfect condition! These are what you need for dipping and dressing your tonkatsu and your unlimited shredded cabbage. There’s tonkatsu sauce, sesame dressing, pepper, chili oil…
Since it was a full house, I was seated outside with fellow blogger Richie Z, also known as The Pickiest Eater in the World.
We had two appetizers, Superior Potato and Egg Salad (above front) and Wakame (above back), as we waited for the main course. How apt since these are my favorites among Yabu’s four appetizers (the other two are Edamame and Hiyayakko Tofu)!
I decided to order something I haven’t had yet, and that was the Rosu Katsudon Set (P315, pictured above). Yabu’s signature crisp outside and tender inside pork tonkatsu is served over a bowl of steamed Japanese rice and covered in miso-based sauce and eggs. It’s really delicious! If you want your tonkatsu saucy, soupy, and drenched in flavor, this is the way to go!
We were also served Yabu’s Creamy Crab! Shredded crab meat in mayo is coated with crunchy tonkatsu breading and served hot off the frying pan. It comes with a small bowl of tartar sauce and lemon wedges. Yum! I’d eat more than one if I weren’t so afraid of gaining weight. XD
Congratulations Yabu for a very successful opening at Robinsons Magnolia! This is now officially my favorite branch! I will definitely be back soon. 😀
Yabu House of Katsu
Lower Ground Floor Robinsons Magnolia (across food court)
Aurora Blvd. cor. Hemady Ave.,
New Manila, Quezon City
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