Katsu Cafe:  Like Yabu, for Less

Katsu Cafe: Like Yabu, for Less

If you’re a girl or gay, then chances are, you’re in love with Derek Ramsay. I can’t say I blame you though, even I have a man crush on the dude.

Ren’s cousin tells us that his colleagues call him “Derek Ramsay” at work. About the same height, dark, bald, and with rugged, manly features, he’s a decent-looking guy, but the resemblance pretty much ends there.

Which is why I like to call him “Derek Ramsay Lite.” 😆

Katsu Cafe, this homegrown katsu specialist in the likes of a Yabu or a Saboten, reminds me of Ren’s cousin. Similar in offerings, in presentation, and in its promise of unlimited Japanese rice, it’s like Yabu, but at a fraction of the price (and metaphorical good looks).

Which is why I like to call it, “Yabu Lite.” 😉

I loved the minimalist, very Zen-like interiors of Yabu. Had there been less people, I would have enjoyed taking more pictures of the place.
Katsu Cafe

Like Yabu, you grind the sesame seeds using this personal mortar and pestle. If I’m not mistaken, they even use the exact same bowl, though they do give you noticeably fewer sesame seeds.
Katsu Cafe

Gyoza – PHP 120 – Pan-seared pot stickers

These were ok, not as seared as we would have liked and a little mushy. Frozen maybe?
Katsu Cafe

Pork Katsuretsu Set – PHP 215 – Deep-fried pork cutlet battered with special Japanese panko breading. Paired with tonkatsu sauce and sesame seeds, and served with miso soup, side salad, and unlimited Japanese rice.

Their pork katsu was pretty good, though not as delicious as Yabu’s. The breading wasn’t as flaky, and the pork itself not nearly as fatty. It was noticeably darker in color too. Still, for less than half of what you’d pay at Yabu, it was a good deal and something that I wouldn’t mind ordering again. Their katsu set comes with a side salad, Japanese rice, and a delicious miso soup, though only the rice is unlimited.
Katsu Cafe

Pork Katsu Curry Rice – PHP 255 – Deep-fried pork cutlet battered with special Japanese panko breading. Paired with curry sauce and served with miso soup, side salad, and unlimited Japanese rice.

Like the katsu above, except swimming in a tasty, hearty Japanese curry.
Katsu Cafe

Had I not experienced Yabu’s kurobuta katsu, then I probably would have appreciated this more. Not that I didn’t enjoy it, it’s just that I can’t help but make the comparison now, unfair as that may seem.

Regardless, Katsu Cafe serves some pretty decent katsu, especially considering the price. If you’re fond of this dish, then I sugggest giving them a try. Just don’t expect Derek Ramsay. 😉

Katsu Cafe Tomas Morato

186-A Tomas Morato Avenue corner Scout de Guia, Quezon City
Mobile: 0932-232-5499
Facebook: KatsuCafe
Email: katsucafe.ph@gmail.com

Katsu Cafe Katipunan

329-I Katipunan Avenue corner B. Gonzales, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
Mobile: 0939-920-0000
Operating Hours: Mon-Sun, 11AM-10PM

Katsu Cafe Banawe

86-C Maria Clara, Barangay Sto. Domingo, Quezon City
Mobile: 0939-920-0000
Operating Hours: Mon-Sun, 11AM-10PM

Katsu Cafe Maginhawa

189 Maginhawa Street, Quezon City
Mobile: 0939-920-0000
Operating Hours: Mon-Sun, 11AM-9PM

Katsu Cafe Marcos Highway

Ciannat Complex, Marcos Highway, Antipolo
Mobile: 0939-920-0000
Operating Hours: Mon-Sun, 11AM-10PM

JB Macatulad

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JB is one half of Will Fly for Food and its chief itinerary maker.  He's the one to blame for all the crappy photos and verbal diarrhea on this blog.  Don't listen to him.
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