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KATSU CAFE: Riding the Katsu Hype

Location: Maria Clara cor. Banawe St. Quezon City; Maginhawa Street, Teacher’s Village; Katipunan
Facebook: Katsu Cafe

Dim the lights. Katsu Cafe is going to be very masculine in essence. (Of course, as long as you can see the food, you can dim the lights.)

Katsu Cafe

From my Crazy Katsu post, you would know I am not big when it comes to Tonkatsu Sets, but Katsu Cafe once again piqued my curiosity, being a restaurant that offers Pork Tonkatsu Sets half the price of Yabu: House of Katsu, Saboten, and Ginza Bairin here in town.

Katsu Cafe just opened their chain last February 2013, and since then, they already have four branches: Maginhawa St. Teacher’s Village, Tomas Morato, Katipunan and Banawe, where my particular review is from.

Katsu Cafe

I am going to advise my readers to come to Katsu Cafe as early as you can, because the parking space is limited.

The interiors of this very affordable Japanese restaurant is extremely masculine, almost utilitarian; something that reminded me of the Edo Era back in Japan, but with a touch of modern vibe. When you get inside, you are greeted by a tall rack of Sola, Singha beers and carbonated drinks.

Katsu Cafe

What’s good about this restaurant is that they obviously want customers to hold special occasions here, thus having three private rooms that are very clean for me. I’d love to hold some special event here with my friends some other time.

Katsu Cafe

We were given the popular bowl of sesame seeds that you can grind and crush and pour Tonkatsu sauce on it.

Tonkatsu Sauce

Tonkatsu Sauce

How to Grind and Crush your Tonkatsu Sauce

For beginners out there, I would suggest that you taste the Tonkatsu sauce bare before you add it on the sesame seeds. The lesser the amount of Tonkatsu Sauce, the more stringent the taste of the sesame seeds when you dip your Tonkatsu on it. Also the lesser the Tonkatsu Sauce poured on the sesame seeds, the thicker the sauce it becomes.

Tonkatsu Sauce and Sesame Seeds

Here is my Tonkatsu Sauce. I am used to a strong palette so it’s a thick sauce.

Tonkatsu Sauce

Also, I’ve included a video of my Tonkatsu Sauce, so you can see the texture and the richness of the sauce.

Chicken Katsudon Set

We first ordered a Chicken Katsudon Set, which only costs P195. This comes with a Miso soup. This is quite a basic order which is also available in pork.

Chicken Katsudon Set

Katsu Cafe is well-known for their cheap/affordable Tonkatsu Sets. For starters, we ordered a Pork Tonkatsu Set. This only costs P210, compared to Yabu’s P400+ Rosu/Hire Tonkatsu Set.

Pork Tonkatsu Set by Katsu Cafe

Pork Tonkatsu Set by Katsu Cafe

Katsu Cafe’s Pork Tonkatsu Set comes with unlimited rice, a side salad, miso soup, and of course the star, Pork Tonkatsu. This is also available in Chicken Tonkatsu Set as well as Jumbo Prawn Katsu Set. Their Tonkatsu is made of special Japanese Panko breading that’s very crunchy and delicious, yet keeps the meat moist inside.

Pork Tonkatsu Set by Katsu Cafe

If you’re a person who likes flamboyant settings, then Pork Tonkatsu Sets are for you!

Unlimited rice

Please don’t judge me. I had two servings of their very fragrant white rice. The waiters were actually staring at me, wondering where I keep all the food that’s been loading in my mouth since I don’t look the part.

Pork Tonkatsu by Katsu Cafe

Pork Tonkatsu by Katsu Cafe

I quite like their side salad. Too bad it’s not unlimited, which is the only criticism I can think of at the moment.

Pork Tonkatsu by Katsu Cafe

There’s no option to choose for Hire or Rosu unlike most popular Katsu joints out there, but I can guarantee you that it’s not necessary at Katsu Cafe. I’m sure lean pork (Hire) is so much better than fatty layered (Rosu) which you’re going to regret eating afterwards.

Pork Tonkatsu Set by Katsu Cafe

Jumbo Prawn Tempura by Katsu Cafe

Jumbo Prawn Tempura by Katsu Cafe

It’s pretty basic for me, but for a Tempura order to cost for only P225, it’s pretty cheap, though I can’t say it’s “jumbo” since it’s not, obviously.

Jumbo Prawn Tempura by Katsu Cafe

Well, there you have it, my experience with Katsu Cafe. I would obviously return here, because it’s cheap and something that’s making my stomach happy. If you’re looking for a Katsu joint that’s not going to punch a hole in your pocket, Katsu Cafe will give you that experience, for a fraction of the price.

Pork Tonkatsu by Katsu Cafe

Katsu Cafe Rating:

Taste and Originality: (3 / 5)
Customer Experience: (3 / 5)
Value for Money: (3 / 5)
Brick and Mortar: (3 / 5)
Average: (3 / 5)
Vhalerie Lee
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