Sunday, August 26, 2012

BLOGGER EVENT: YABU THE HOUSE OF KATSU OPENS AT ROBINSON'S MAGNOLIA

DISCLAIMER:  I WAS NOT PAID TO REVIEW OR BLOG ABOUT THIS RESTAURANT.  HAVING SAID THAT, I DO NOT HAVE ANYTHING AGAINST THE RESTAURANT, THE FOOD, OR THE PRICE RANGE.  SO PLEASE REMEMBER THAT WHILE YOU READ THIS POST

Some of you may recall that I was invited by Yabu House of Katsu to have lunch and try out their new menu and that post is here.
and most recently Yabu House of Katsu invited me again to an opening of their new branch.  see the purtee purtee inivte ;-)
and this time the branch is at the new swankin spankin' poshey posh high up there alta de siudad new mall.
the familiar yabu the house of katsu sign ^_^ this branch is located at level 1 (meaning the LG level if you're using other malls as a ref)
the guests arrive.
and get served with merlot.
but while we wait, we get to see a small display of Yabu the House of Katsu collaterals...if any of you who follow my instagram, y'all know that i'm a foodie, and defo, Yabu the House of Katsu deserves this dish of the year award.
and well, below, their version of Saul Bellow's 'seize the day' cuz really (scroll up two pictures up) that picture and the merlot really describes the impecunious picturesque Tommy Wilhelm.
oh i don't know, i didn't graduate from marketing nor am i an advertising person, i graduated from BSPT and Medicine but actually having seen dead poet's society when it first came out and actually knowing about Bellow's novella versus the crowd and the price range at yabu and the bottles of merlot, i kinda find this sea's the day cheeezee.
oink oink hehehe this is one deep bowl! super awesome katsudon and is deserving of the SRP ^_^
fancy shmanzee  ^_^
condiments
and the set menu for the guests this evening, please remember the rosu, at the top of the menu, the pork loin set, i'll be referring to that in a few moments.
and we wait some more and i do my artsy Fartsy macro shooting.
the starters arrive 
the tofu i so dearly love ^_^
the sesame seeds for the katsudon
that we ended up grinding to a pulp while we wait
the main characters front and center ^_^
sweet Denise thanking us all for waiting and for waiting and waiting.
the hubby ordered the light beer ^_^
while i ordered the sochu and i once again i play around with my cam's AF and macro settings because, wouldn't you know it, we were still waiting.
waiting for what you may ask??
THESE AWESOME goodieSS of course
this is my set.
and miso soup, for my hungry tahmeee
and the well julianned  cabbage, that is btw, unli
and the frooITs to cleanse the palette.
here i am again, playin' the macro :P because you guessed it, we were waiting, this time for the hubby's rosu (remember the rosu pork loin reference from the menu set up above?) 
dressing dressing dressing...both dressings are wonderful pairings with the finely chopped cabbage
and yes, i get to admire that awesome finely fried breading that melts in your mouth and isn't prickly at all.  it's the type breading crumbles and melts at the same time in your mouth as you bite into the tender and juicy goodness of the well fried but still soft chicken.  yeah, it's kinda really tough to go wrong on chicken, but my point here is the katsu breading.
purteee pweeetee flaaawerz
the interior of the entire restaurant.  this branch is a tad smaller than the megamall branch.
oh are we forgetting something? yep, the rosu pork loin set.  yeh, twice over we followed up for that order, and twice over we were brought the chicken katsu set, it was a sign from our waiter that if we wanted to actually eat that night we had better take the chicken katsu.
so we headed out after our din din and after giving up on waiting for the rosu O.o
from left to right.
John Concepcion, the owner, Kazuya Takeda, well, me, and restauranteur, yes, ladies, i had to figure that one out, Teiji Nakamura, thank you.  thank heavens for google.
you remember Kazuya Takeda? he's this one, the master chef for that awesome crunchy yet melt in your mouth katsu breading.
this awesome addition to a wonderful new mall opened last August 22.
hahaha look at the smirk on Chef's Takeda's face...were you as lost as i am in this opening as i was? LMAO

Will I come back to Yabu's branches? yes definitely! their's is a super non-boring, leveled up katsu breading that isn't floppy/soggy and gives my mouth a whole new texture that makes it an entire experience apart from the rest of the meal itself.
Do i recommend? - most definitely,  i recommend y'all visit their branches at off peak hours that way your correct order will arrive and arrive in a timely manner **wink wink**

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