Ton-katsu is Japanese for pork cutlet… but did you know the word ‘katsu’ means winning?
Despite the stigma fried food brings, one cannot deny the gratifying feeling it brings to the palate and the belly. It’s even better when the dishes are served deep fried to golden perfection. The Japanese, as always, have this one in the bag with one of their widely popular specialties, katsu.
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We put together a list of Metro Manila’s most loved katsu restaurants, some of these even come with unlimited sides! How’s that for value for money? For even more discounts, book a table at any our partner restaurants and get as much as ₱500 off you bill with just the click of a button!
Osaka Ohsho may be known for their gyoza but that doesn’t stop them from creating beautiful katsu dishes inside their kitchen! Check out their new cheese curry katsu.
Saboten’s refreshing take on their katsu is materialized in their signature Grated Radish Katsu set. Think tender tonkatsu with a generous grated radish topping and a spritz of succulent grapefruit. Insider tip: Ask their servers about the drink of the month!
Roku is a casual dining Japanese restaurant that specialize in sushi + ramen. They also offer other Japanese favorites like gyoza, donburi, and dessert freshly prepared daily.
Nikkei is Manila’s first ever Japanese-Peruvian sushi bar and restaurant serving curated specialties like ceviche, sushi, causa, tiraditos, and Japanese craft spirits. It is refreshing and new to the palate, every plate seems to have a touch of Asian and Latin flair. Read more here.
Insider Tip: Brunch sets are available 11:30AM to 5PM, Monday to Saturday. Try the Seabass Katsu set!
Formerly located in Pedro Gil, Izakaya Kenta has been serving authentic Japanese cuisine since 1997. This authentic Japanese restaurant offers a wide selection of sushi, sashimi, grilled and deep-fried meats. Their curry katsu is one of the best!
The first and only okonomiyaki restaurant in the Philippines that lets you cook-your-own okonomiyaki. Dohtonbori also offers other Japanese favorites like Sukiyaki, Yakisoba and Yakiniku. They recently launched Teishoku Set Meals, available Monday to Friday from 10am to 3pm. Choose from Gyu-don, Ebi Tempura, Karaage, and Tonkatsu meals.
The restaurant that started it all. It’s safe to say that this is one of the first joints in Metro Manila which purely specializes in katsu. Four years later since its opening in 2011, this homegrown restaurant proves that excellent customer service and consistent food quality can go a long way in the industry.
Katsu Sora differentiates itself from its competitors by offering a full salad/soup bar for its customers. Hooray for a buffet style setup that even kids can enjoy!
If you’re an avid fan of the traditional tonkatsu cutlet, make sure to drop by Kimukatsu. Their 25-layered mille-feuille-style tonkatsu may just get you counting the juicy layers in between the crispy golden coating. You can also choose from their flavored katsu sets which come in cheese, black pepper, and garlic flavors!
Crazy Katsu is one of the go-to places in Maginhawa where budget conscious students take refuge in the restaurant’s affordable katsu sets. They now have four branches spread across Metro Manila including BF, Taft, Marikina, and Maginhawa.
Maisen is considered to be one of the best tonkatsu restaurants in Japan and it is now available in Manila. Co-owner Ben Chan’s Suyen Corporation is known for bringing good and affordable international food franchises in the country like St. Marc Cafe and Paul Boulangerie.
Most of Ginza Bairin’s menu is dedicated entirely to the art of cooking katsu which dates back to as far as the early 1920s. Their hefty katsu sets are a sure win for those who are looking to satisfy their hungry katsu cravings.
Special curry restaurants have now awakened several curry-loving fans in the country and one of them is Coco Ichibanya. Their thick and crispy tonkatsu is made even better with their savory curry sauces. Careful, their spicy curry is not for the faint of heart.
Mr. Roboto is the newest modern Japanese spot to hit the South. It features re-envisioned classics, putting new twists and playful plating on traditional Japanese flavors. The concept is the brainchild of young entrepreneurs, Dani Ramos and David Mendoza, who were both inspired by their love of travel and food. Read our full feature here.
Yayoi is a Japanese franchise dedicated to Teishoku set meals. Popular sets include the fried chicken steak, sukiyaki, unajyu and saba. We recommend the Katsu Toji Jyu, deep-fried pork loin simmered in house special sauce and eggs, placed over rice and served with a bowl of miso soup. If you’re a chicken lovers, try the Wafu Chicken Katsu Jyu. Golden fried chicken sits on a bed of nori flakes on top of Japanese rice. It also comes with a bowl of miso soup and Japanese pickles.
Insider Tip: All Teishoku set meals come with rice, miso soup, and two side dishes
We’re feeling extra hungry for some katsu after reading this list! Did you know that you can search for your specific food cravings on the free Booky app? Just type in “KATSU” and instantly get a list of restaurants in Metro Manila that are serving this Japanese staple. Stay tuned for more lists on your favorite Japanese specialties for this month!
What a time for food lovers to be alive.