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2nd Flr. Mega Atrium, SM Megamall | St. Francis, Mandaluyong, Luzon, Philippines
(02) 576-3900
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
wait eat & love

We never expected to wait since it was early dinner when we arrived. Apparently, they have event (I think) inside. Again, it would be better if we call the place before going to. Any place. haay.

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 2, 2015
Kate G
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86 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Despite the rise of katsu restos around the metro, nothing beats yabu katsu. I've always loved their hire set with the succulent meat wrapped in the golden breading that doesn't crumble or fall off from the meat. The flavor is just right and is very much enhanced by their special katsu sauce which is the best i've tasted so far.... More 

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Caloocan
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139 reviews 139 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

if you love eating Japanese food and want authentic katsu, then yabu is the place. Do not expect to find other japanese cusine in the menu as this is typical of the japanese restaurants where they only serve their specialty food. To keep you busy they give each diner a bowl of black and white sesame to grind while waiting... More 

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Metro Manila, Philippines
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Japanese food that is served in a different manner. Interesting presentation. However, this restaurant in NOT for people who are into healthy eating like me. Everything is highly fried and oily.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We never expected to wait since it was early dinner when we arrived. Apparently, they have event (I think) inside. Again, it would be better if we call the place before going to. Any place. haay.

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Manila
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43 reviews 43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

We ordered the noodles and curried tuna - I loved both. Their side dishes are authentic and so yummy! If you love Japanese food, go treat yourself, here!

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Quezon City, Philippines
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43 reviews 43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

I love eating Japanese and I have had a lot of tonkatsu in regular food chains around the Philippines. At first, I was wondering what the fuzz is all about why this restaurant was always full and had a long wait-list. We checked their prices and it was a bit expensive for me, ranging from P300+ to P500+. After some... More 

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Manila, Philippines
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5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Always a favourite. I may have had *better* katsus but Yabu never fails to instantly satisfy my katsu cravings even when im not exactly rolling in money. (LOL). Affordable food and great service - always. Even in other branches (SM Magnolia, ATC) the service is superb. Dont go here during lunch and dinner time because the lines are super long.

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Quezon City, Philippines
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13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

They say it's overrated. We disagree. Yabu is definitely and by far, one of the best Katsu restaurants in the Metro. The line was long but since there's two of us, it didn't take a while until we were seated. And yes, true to its reputation, the food was great. I ordered the Hire and it was soft and tender.... More 

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Manila, Philippines
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Yabu has a good selection of Japanese meals, with unlimited salad and rice. We can also get to prepare our own dip / sauce the way we want it. They even offer brown rice, though it's not available. Their meals are even affordable. My son loves Japanese food and yes, we love eating at Yabu in SM Megamall.

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Manila, Philippines
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83 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

I love Tonkatsu, this is my favorite at the moment. Today I tried Hire Curry. It has a huge pile of rice bathing in curry sauce and nice chunk of Hire meat in it. My only problem is that its not as "hot" as I wish, I want to feel the taste of chile burning in my mouth. I wish... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2nd Flr. Mega Atrium, SM Megamall | St. Francis, Mandaluyong, Luzon, Philippines
  • Location: Asia  >  Philippines  >  Luzon  >  Metro Manila  >  Mandaluyong
  • Phone Number: (02) 576-3900

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  • Cuisine: Japanese

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