Josh had been raving about Katsu Cafe for the longest time, having gone to the place on lunch breaks with friends. Now, he hasn’t tried Yabu yet (which is, quite possibly, the best katsu place in Manila), so he had no point of comparison. He just plainly told us that he enjoyed Katsu Cafe’s tonkatsu sets so we went ahead and had our usual Sunday lunch there .
The restaurant is very small. I counted about six to seven tables that could each comfortably seat two to five people. Servers are very adaptable to party size though; they come prepared with makeshift tables! Haha! (I kid you not. When the place started filling up, out came these plastic foldable tables which they squeezed into the wooden ones, and ta-dah! More dining space!)
This shelf housing their drinks selection is a great addition to the restaurant’s wooden furniture. They have everything from water, to iced tea, to soda, to beer.
My family found Katsu Cafe’s Gyoza (PhP120 for five pieces) to be a bit bland. Maybe you can skip this when you come in to dine.
Their Kani Salad (Php120), meanwhile, was actually very good. It’s heavily packed with kani and veggies, so it wasn’t all mayo. This can be split with a friend.
My dad got himself some good old Gyudon (PhP215) as his main course. He rated this a 7 out of 10. Perhaps it’s highly reminiscent of gyudon you can get cheaper elsewhere. So yeah, the taste wasn’t really commensurate with the price.
Mom seemed to enjoy her Katsudon (PhP195). If anything though, she thought the pork slices were a bit thick so they were hard to tear and chew. She rated this a 7 out of 10 as well.
Us kids each got Tonkatsu Sets (PhP195) that come with the following: tonkatsu, cabbage with Japanese mayo, miso soup, and sesame rice. Unlike Yabu’s offering, Katsu Cafe’s doesn’t come with unlimited cabbage. You can ask for more rice though, but that’s just about it.
I loved their tonkatsu! It really is the cheaper version of Yabu’s (which is priced at around PhP300+). If I were to compare though in terms of meat consistency and taste, Katsu Cafe’s is more tough and oily; nevertheless, just as close to the real deal. And unlike in Yabu, you’re not left with a choice as to how big you want your meat to be. You just have to take it as it comes. =)
I loved their rice! It’s the right amount of sticky — so perfect with the crunch of the meat.
Just like Yabu, you’re given sesame seeds to grind as you wait for your tonkatsu. These will add more flavor to the katsu sauce, which you use to boost the flavor of your meat slices. I like to make my seeds really powdery, but Jae likes to keep a few of them uncrushed.
What you do is once you’re okay with your seeds’ consistency, you add in some of their flavorful katsu sauce, then mix. It’s that easy! Check out Jae’s mix.
All in all a great lunch! I would give it a three and a half out of five. When you are up north and looking for a place that offers good Japanese food, best to drop by Katsu Cafe. You won’t be disappointed. =) Scroll down for the menu.
Taste – 4/5 | Ambience – 2.5/5 |Variety – 3/5 | Service – 4/5 | Pricing – 4/5 | Would Go Back? – Yes
Katsu Cafe | 329 Katipunan Ave corner B Gonzales Street, Loyola Heights, Quezon City