One aspect of pre-COVID-19 life that I miss the most is dining out.
The excitement as I step into one of my go-to restaurants, the anticipation for my favorite dishes and the joy of biting into familiar flavors and textures… all these are part of the enjoyable experience of dining out.
Some of the dishes I enjoy most when eating out are the katsu sets from Yabu: House of Katsu.
Yabu takes pride in its tokatsu. Thick cuts of premium meat from local farmerd are coated in panko (Japanese bread crumbs) and deep-fried at precisely 165 deg C then allowed to rest. The result: brightly golden katsu with crispy panko coating giving way to juicy and tender meat.
Aside from the freshly-made tonkatsu, each Yabu katsu set consists of refillable steamed rice, miso soup, shredded cabbage and slices of seasonal fruits.
The fam and I enjoy dining at Yabu for the delicious katsu and the unli rice and shredded cabbage. Being able to eat our fill at this resto makes for great value for money.
However. the pandemic made itself known to the world in quite a big way, and with all the restrictions resulting from the quarantine, dining out will never be the same.
There was a time when I despaired of ever getting to enjoy the katsu sets I craved for.
Then, Yabu introduced the notion of enjoying its signature katsu sets without having to leave the house.
Thanks to #YabuAtHome, now available via GrabFood’s long-distance delivery, I had my family’s katsu faves delivered to my home, where we can enjoy them in comfort and safety. These included:
Rosu (Pork Loin) Set (Php460). Thick and juicy pork cutlet with a trimming of fat.
Hire (Pork Tenderloin) Set (Php425). Thick and juicy cutlet with no fat.
Chicken Set (Php430). Thick chicken breast fillet.
Each katsu set comes with pre-packaged katsu sauce, miso soup, shredded cabbage with dressing, and a serving of steamed rice. While we had to waive the unli rice refills, we were able to make do by cooking additional rice at home. Problem solved!
I’m so glad that I won’t be deprived of my katsu faves during quarantine.
This Yabu: House of Katsu branch is located at Lower Ground Floor, Ayala Malls The 30th, Meralco Avenue, Ugong, Pasig City, open for dine-in and takeout Sundays to Thursdays from 11am to 9pm, and Fridays to Saturdays from 11am to 10pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 87293872 or +63 915 5130094.
Yabu’s katsu sets and more are available via GrabFood.
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