There’s something exciting bubbling at Yabu, the restaurant that started the katsu craze in Manila. They are introducing two new dishes that aims to shake up our common notions about donburi (rice bowl).
I got a chance to sample them before they are introduced to the public on March 25,2015. These dishes will only be available until May 31, 2015 only and are served with the Yabu signature unlimited servings of miso soup, cabbage, rice, fruits and pickles.
The first one to be laid on our table is the Curry Katsu Don (P480/rosu, P480/hire, P470/chicken). Yabu’s signature katsu laid on top of minced beef Japanese curry and melted mozzarella cheese. Same as with their Katsu Curry, you can choose you spice level (mild, hot, very hot).
Look at all that cheese, bubbling on the sizzling stone bowl container. Mix everything together and coat the katsu in the addictive sauce. If you like socarrat/tutong then you’ll have to let it sit a bit to let the rice underneath cook some more.
It was my first time at Yabu’s branch in Glorietta 5 so I was surprised to find out that they served cocktails too. Irene got to try the Honshea (P140) and Kyohime (P140) with the more citrusy Honshea her favorite.
If you love salmon then you’ll go crazy over the Salmon Don (P490).
It’s got a 1 1/2 inch thick salmon steak, cooked perfectly with a nice pink center and glazed with teriyaki sauce. They’ve added some crunch with the crispy salmon skin bits on the side as well as sauteed bell pepper and eggplant on top of teriyaki fried rice.
Look closely on the other side, partially hidden by the vegetables and you’ll find a bunch of ikura (salmon roe). These little balls pop open in your mouth and gives an extra dose of salmon flavor.
These two special edition Yabu donuri bowls are available from March 25, 2015 to May 31, 2015. As a little added bonus for trying them out, Yabu will be giving away a trip for 2 to Tokyo, Japan. Each order of the Yabu donburi creations will receive a raffle ticket to join the exciting contest. The trip will include airfare for 2 persons and 4D/3N accommodations.
Yabu: House of KatsuBranches: SM Megamall, SM Aura, SM MOA,SM North EDSA SM Southmall, Alabang Town Center Robinson’s Magnolia, Glorietta 5, Rockwell
Facebook Page: Yabu House of Katsu
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