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.
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
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!
Chicken Katsu,Original Hire Katsudon
Date of Visit: 2012-10-28