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Location: 2/L Bldg. A, SM Megamall, EDSA corner J. Vargas Ave., Brgy. Wack-Wack, Mandaluyong City, Wack-Wack  
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Seafood
Smile 2013-11-08
I had dinner with my former colleagues at Yabu. My friend and I decided to share their Seafood Set. This set consisted of Salmon, Black Tiger Prawn, Creamy Crab and Oyster. It was delicious but I think I still want beef or chicken with it.

Their salad was delicious even if it was just shredded cabbage. The reason why it tasted good because they have delectable dressings and it tasted well with the katsu dishes.

   Seafood Set

Recommended Dish(es):
Seafood Set,Chicken Set,Rosu & Hire Set,Mixed Katsu Set

Date of Visit:
2013-07-19

Spending:
Approximately
Php350(Dinner)

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YabuYabu!
Smile 2013-06-22

 

Yabu, House of Katsu is a Japanese restaurant. My girlfriend and I were looking for a place to eat dinner and we decided to eat in a japs resto. So Yabu it is.

We ordered their original katsudon sets which includes miso soup, Japanese pickles, unlimited cabbage with sesame dressing and a bowl of fruit which cost 315 pesos for the Rosu Original Katsudon.

The service so far is good so the next time I'll eat here I'll be starting with an empty stomach because I wanted to try their mixed sets consists of unlimited Japanese rice, miso soup, Japanese pickles, unlimited cabbage with sesame dressing and a bowl of fruit, and I'll go with their Seafood Katsu Set 1 for 485 pesos.

For dessert I'll try their Vanilla Lava ala Mode worth 155 pesos and bottomless Lemonade for 80 pesos.
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Back-to-Back Yabu Experience
Smile 2013-04-18 (Related Review)
Coming off from an unpleasant first time in Yabu, I hoped that my next visits would be more delightful. I did look forward to trying it out again, I just didn't expect that I would be eating in Yabu twice in the same week.

The Second Visit: SM Megamall's Atrium (October 28, 2012)

For my dad's birthday, he requested to eat in Yabu (because he became an instant fan of the restaurant's famed Katsudon). Thus, we patiently queued up in their SM Atrium branch.

   Chicken Katsu

   Sesame Seeds

Price: P310
Description: 90 g Deep-fried breaded chicken strips with unlimited rice, miso soup, pickled cabbage, fruit bowl and unlimited cabbage strips

I loved how Yabu serves up their dishes in neat plating bento-box inspired arrangements. The chicken strips were 3/4 inch thick, and one has several options for its serving size. For the sauce, one is given a saucer filled with black and white sesame seeds which need to be crushed before the tonkatsu sauce is poured. Each bite is a crispy delight because the batter was so light that you can taste the full flavor of each chicken piece. Aside from that, a dollop of horseradish is included to refresh one's palette. In addition, one is treated to unlimited shredded cabbage which one can pair up with the sweet ponzu sauce or light cream dressing.

The Third Visit: Robinsons Magnolia, October 31, 2013

For my third visit, I accompanied my good friend Erich Vicerra to the Yabu branch in Robinsons Magnolia

   Original Hire Katsudon

Price: P335
Description: Deep-fried breaded pork tenderloin served in a miso-based sauce with scrambled egg

This time, I decided to try its Original Hire Katsudon. I have to say that it was able to surpass my expectations for this dish. Everything I was looking for in a Katsudon was superbly delivered by Yabu. Crunchy, non fatty, lightly breaded and tasty pork strips, sweet katsudon sauce, with a heavy serving of rice (that I myself can't finish) made up my meal. Of course, it still came with the miso soup, fruit bowl, pickled cabbage and unlimited shredded cabbage!

Recommended Dish(es):
Chicken Katsu,Original Hire Katsudon

Date of Visit:
2012-10-28

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Missed Expectations
Just OK 2013-03-27
Yabu definitely took over Metro Manila by storm (evident in how all its branches are jam-packed all the time); so I was quite excited when we finally had a chance to enter the restaurant's premises (after around half an hour of waiting).

   Appetizer

Price: P195
Description: Seaweed salad topped with ebiko paired with potato and egg salad

   Creamy Crab

Price: P115
Description: Deep-fried crab salad filling

   Salmon

Price: P150
Description: Two slices of deep-fried medium rare salmon

   Hire Katsudon

Price: P350
Description: Katsudon rice bowl, with nori, bonito flakes and sunny-side up egg

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Yabu offers its diners to choose from two of its appetizers for the price of P195. We picked the Seaweed Salad Topped with Ebiko, and the Superior Potato and Egg Salad. The former was an interesting treat as it featured pickled seaweeds which were crunchy and sour. It is a nice treat to munch in between bites of Yabu's fried main courses. The Potato Salad was simply divine, that we ended up ordering an additional two orders of it. It's simply potato chunks, with light Japanese mayonnaise sprinkled with black sesame seeds.

Since my entire family ordered Yabu's Katsudon and Tonkatsu sets, we decided to order additional pieces of its other variants to get a taste of the other items it offers. We sampled the Creamy Crab, which I didn't really enjoy. It was flavorful, but not delicious; because I wasn't really a big fan of its creamy filling. In contrast to this would be the amazing fried salmon pieces; that we just had to keep on ordering. It was not fully cooked; which gave it that amazing freshness and velvet texture only raw salmon can give you. This was truly a delight to devour!

Like its other rice bowls, my Hire Katsudon, Yabu Special, came with the usual unlimited salad (which is amazing; it has two crazy delicious sauces you can't get sick of!), pickled appetizers, fruit and a bowl of miso soup. Of course, since it was my first time, I decided to try out the Special version of its best-seller. However, to my utter disappointment... due to its 'being special', it didn't come served with the slightly sweet Katsudon sauce. It was also drier than its normal variant. Perhaps, I should have stuck with its normal variant (which my brother satisfyingly devoured). I guess, if they didn't call it Katsudon, I would have liked it? I guess, it's just because one can't help but associate distinct flavors with certain dishes, that innovating on them so much may lead to disrupting the essence of the dish entirely.

Recommended Dish(es):
Salmon,Seaweed Salad Topped with Ebiko,Superior Potato and Egg Salad

Date of Visit:
2012-09-16

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Craving starts and ends here
Smile 2013-03-26
Since i was craving for japanese food, i pushed myself and my friend to eat here.

Usually this place would have long lines and what not. Luckily for us, there wasn't any.

My friend and I ordered our usuals. While waiting, we were served our drinks and hot tea. Not to mention the grinding of the sesame seeds starts.

To prepare the sauce one would need to grind the seeds using a somewhat cool and mortar and pestle.

After doing such, one would get the sauce and pour it in the container.

Anyway after a few minutes of waiting, we got our dishes.

 

 

There is unlimited rice and cabbage. I believe they also started serving unlimited miso soup and brown rice.

woops my bad.. i guess it didn't auto fix itself here.. anyway.. sorry for the upside down pics.

In terms of service, they were fast and efficient.
In terms of price, it was a bit steep.

Tips: arrive early. ask for hot tea instead of ordering drinks. Megamall is still the best branch among them all. Experienced horribly service in their rob branch. The Mall of Asia branch is a little small for me. I believe they are opening another branch in sm southmall in a week or so.

Recommended Dish(es):
curry

Date of Visit:
2013-03-09

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Soft yet crunchy
Smile 2013-01-24 (Related Review)
My boyfriend simply loves eating here because of the unlimited rice and the cabbage salad. He also likes the sesame sauce where you can grind while waiting for your order. He calls it the "ultimate hands on experience". For him that's cooking already. Anyways...

As usual, he would order his favorite. It can be tiring but when it hit my mouth, I instantly remembered why my guy loves this place so much. Everything is just cooked really well.

 

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Regular Tasting Katsudon at Yabu
Just OK 2013-01-24
YABU is the new trend now because of their famous Katsu. I've heard from other that it was none like I've ever tasted. The place is always packed when I pass by it so me and my team decided to give it a try.

I ordered the Rosu Special Katsudon because it was their best seller. It came with a full set meal -- drink, soup and cabbage salad which was refillable. I enjoyed the refillable cabbage and the iced tea was good. For those who have a big appetite, their rice is refillable too so be ready to get your stomach really full.

The ambiance was a bit stressful since there are so many people and it took a while before our orders were served, presumably because of the traffic in their kitchen. The service was good yet compromised because of the number of guests they had at that time.

Overall, it was a regular Katsudon for me which was a bit overpriced. Nothing special in taste, so I wonder, what's the fuzz all about?

Recommended Dish(es):
Rosu Special Katsudon

Date of Visit:
2012-12-07

Spending:
Approximately
Php500(Dinner)

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Yabu
Smile 2013-01-22

I definitely had a great experience dining in at Yabu. I decided to try it because it was from the recommendation I have heard from my Auntie Ann. They have lot of culinary delights to offer. So if I would also highly recommend for you to come and visit them at The Atrium,SM Megamall, EDSA corner J. Vargas Ave., Brgy. Wack-Wack, Mandaluyong City. If you are badly craving for authentic Japanese cuisine- Yabu will surely be a good place to go to and visiting them is the only way to satisfy your cravings. Aside from the delicious treats, I would have to commend the service. Two thumbs up for you Yabu. It was a job well done. i hope to come back here next time soon!
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Ebi Tempura
Smile 2013-01-19

 

Ebi Tempura

We have been a fan of Yabu because of it's big meals costing you only Php300++ but what's notable to me whenever we dine there is their ebi tempura. My wife loves tempura and yabu's ebi tempura satisfies her craving. Their tempura is really bit not because of the breading but because the shrimp is big. You can even consider their tempura as a meal given it was served with unlimited vegetable salad too.

Date of Visit:
2013-01-13

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Addicted
Smile 2013-01-17
Actually, I'm not the one who got addicted to it... it was my boyfriend who got so into the unlimited cabbage and the sesame seeds. I on the other hand, am still okay with it since every time he craves for some Yabu tonkatsu, I get to try out the other stuff on their menu. This last time, I tried out their rice bowls and it was good. We love the big servings and I was even able to share it with the boyfriend. Will try out the others next time.

 

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worth every cent
Smile 2012-12-26

 

Yabu in megamall is one of the restaurants that get really full
everyday which got me so curious to try it. finally one of my
food buddy invited me for a dinner here she treat me for a dinner
because she also like to try what yabu has.
We're both first timers here and it was a really fun and satisfying experience
the food here were really good and delicious worth every peso that you'll pay.
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Yabu never fails to amaze me
Smile 2012-12-03

 

 

At our last visit to Yabu, we tried a mixed katsu set and the hire katsu set. Both were phenomenal and I really loved their Japanese rice. I know I have to watch the amount of rice I eat but I just can't resist eating a lot of their rice. The organic cabbage is also a must try and I guarantee you will have a lot of that by the time the meal ends. Their katsu is spectacular and I hear there are new ones on the menu. I can't wait to get back.

Recommended Dish(es):
Hire katsu set,mixed katsu set

Date of Visit:
2012-11-20

Spending:
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Php400(Lunch)

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Rosu Katsudon
Smile 2012-11-26 (Related Review)

 

Rosu Katsudon, Php315.00

My first experience with Yabu is with Rosu Katsudon. There's nothing special with Yabu's Rosu Katsudon given it has the same taste as other restaurants offer except for the experience that you get to prepare your own katsu sauce. I think this also gives the restaurant ample time to prepare the food while the customer enjoys preparing his/her own katsu sauce. The meal includes miso soup, japanese pickles, unlimited cabbage with sesame dressing, which is my favorite part of the meal, and a bowl of fruit.

Date of Visit:
2012-11-16

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Fond of Curry
Smile 2012-11-22

 

Katsu Curry, Php330.00

Yabu's katsu is becoming more popular nowadays. And with its growing popularity, my husband and I tried their Katsu.

Today is Katsu Curry day. We tried the Katsu Curry. The Katsu Curry is presented in a small tray served with rice on a bowl topped with katsu with their curry sauce, small bowls containing their refillable salad, miso soup and fruits.

The curry that is mixed with the katsu is quite spicy that makes you crave for more rice, good thing rice is unlimited. The meat is soft and the breading is just right to taste the meat inside. The salad that comes with the package will help you cleanse your palette if you find it too spicy.

Date of Visit:
2012-11-16

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Quality Katsu
Smile 2012-11-13
A lot of people have been raving about this place and it was about time that I get to try it. My friend told me that it gets really packed during dinner so I made sure I make it there extra early. There still wasn't much people and so I was seated almost instantly. I have to commend their servers, for they were very accommodating and nice. They patiently told me everything on the menu, seeing that it was my first time. I got the salmon katsu and I didn't regret it. It was cooked to perfection and I enjoyed every bit of it. I wasn't able to finish it though, since fried food can get really heavy. But still, I had a good time and I can say that katsu fans will really enjoy this place.

 

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