We’re not katsu-done eating yet!
Nothing is more disgusting (or more disappointing) than soggy fried food. Who can stand soggy french fries, soggy onion rings, or soggy tempura?
Soaking anything that’s been perfectly deep-fried is never a good idea… so why is katsudon so darn delicious? It’s impossible not to love katsudon which is why it’s often our go-to order at Japanese restaurants.
Juicy deep-fried pork cutlet and runny egg are cooked in a sweet and savory soy-dashi broth and placed over hot steamed rice. It shouldn’t work, but simmering the fried pork in a flavorful liquid only makes the breading tastier, while also steaming the eggs, keeping them nice and tender.
Here are 10 places in the Metro where you can enjoy this beloved Japanese dish. Make sure you download Booky because you can get as much as ₱500 off your bill at these partner restaurants:
Soru Izakaya – Maginhawa
Influenced by the Robotayaki style of Izakaya, Soru Izakaya offers a tasteful blend of after-work gastropub drinks accompanied with fresh Japanese eats. From sashimi plates and savory yakitori combinations to refreshing beverages and speakeasy cocktails, Soru Izakaya completes the whole modern Japan experience that brings you a glimpse of the Tokyo night life.
Bento & Co – Mother Ignacia Ave.
Bento&Co. offers Make-Your-Own Bento Box. You can choose your base of rice, salad, dessert, and appetizers or a combination of these and then add a main of your choice.
Oomori – Banawe
Oomori Japanese Cuisine offers a wide variety of Japanese food like sushi, rolls, sashimi, temaki, rice meals and many more. Their menu does not limit to traditional Japanese dishes.
Dohtonbori – multiple branches
Dohtonbori is Japan #1 okonomiyaki restaurant chain. Here in the Philippines, it’s the first of it’s kind giving diners the chance to cook-your-own okonomiyaki, as well as offering affordable yakiniku platters and tempura.
Shinsen Sushi Bar and Restaurant – Sapphire Bloc
Shinsen, which means “fresh”, is a new homegrown, underrated sushi bar that offers local and imported sashimi selection, donburi bowls, teppanyaki, and bento sets. Read our full feature.
Insider tip: Book a table at their first branch in Pasig here and get P300 off your total bill!
Tori Ichi Yakitori and Bar – multiple branches
From Kyoto to Manila, Tori Ichi is an underrated Japanese franchise specializing in yakitori grilled on binchotan (Japanese charcoal). Apart from skewered delights, they also have rice bowl meals like Katsudon, Tojidon, Oyakodon and more!
Ramen Jiro – Shaw Blvd.
Ramen Jiro specializes in tonkotsu broth ramen and also offers dishes like sizzling chahan, tsukemen, and katsudon.
Haru Sushi Bar & Restaurant -Kapitolyo
Haru Sushi Bar & Restaurant, from the same owners of another Kapitolyo favorite Cafe Juanita, is a casual dining spot serving affordable Japanese cuisine. The sakura-filled interiors transports you to a park in Osaka during spring time.
Kessaku – Alabang
Kessasku is a casual restaurant serving a full range of authentic, top-quality, Japanese food. Their no-frills menu includes everything from sushi boats to tempura, wagyu cubes, katsudon, and more.
Nihonryori – Makati
Japanese food has no limits at Nihonryori in Salcedo Village. This restaurant has one of the widest menus for yakitori, sushi, and Japanese favorites in Manila. Their specialty is the Black Maki Roll made with black rice.
For more choices, search for ‘KATSUDON‘ or ‘JAPANESE’ in the Booky app to view the complete list of restaurants with corresponding location and menu.
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