Saboten

G/F Serendra Piazza, McKinley Parkway, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila

Saboten
4.2
4.0 Stars

262 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 100
  • 4 stars 111
  • 3 stars 46
  • 2 stars 2
  • 1 star 3
  • 298 Reviews
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Category:
Japanese
Business Hours
Reopens: 11:00a - 11:00p
Phone
+6326252000

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Monday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Thursday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Friday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Saturday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p

Payment Options

Cash, MasterCard, Visa

More Business Info

Kids Menu:
Yes
Take Out:
Yes
Menus:
Lunch, Dinner
Waiter Service:
Yes
Attire:
Casual
Good for Groups:
Yes

Most Recent Reviews

Arianna K.
4.0 Stars

Kal K. and I recently visited Saboten after months not having gone. The food is just as good, portions just as big, ambiance just as great. I only have one small concern, they seem slightly understaffed. It took a little time to get the attention of our servers.

We ordered:
Tenderloin (M&L) : Delicious, not fatty! Rice is nice and sticky and they have the tastiest miso soup!
Ham and Cheese Roll: Try this! You can order this ala carte, its basically two large pieces of tonkatsu with ham and cheese in the middle.

YUM.

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Kal K.
5.0 Stars

My absolute favorite place for tonkatsu. The meat, cooking, and breading are absolutely perfect. The rice is perfect. The service is excellent. The only flaw is their katsu sauce, a bit too watery for me, but forgivable because everything else is just so perfect.

So now, I have a haiku

Hello Saboten

I love with your tonkatsu yes

Miss you already

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Angel U.
3.0 Stars

Ordered Loin Katsu (Pork),

🔸Generous Amount of rice, soup, cabbage, green tea
🔹Will try the Tenderloin part next time, will be less oil perhaps.

Overall, not bad but could improve more on the meat part

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Athina Janelle U.
4.0 Stars
3

The place reminds me of a Japanese house, with the partitions, wooden interiors and potted plants.

On our first visit, we ordered the sharing set. I like the creaminess of the croquettes and the shrimp tempura. The dips complement them. I personally like the fruits that Yabu serves because I am not fond of pickled veggies that Saboten serves. I feel that the serving is good enough for two people.

On our second visit, I order the hana set while my companion ordered the Saboten special set.

Hana set comes with a half an order of pork loin and half an order of a tenderloin. I am amazed by how soft the tenderloin is, and the breading? I don't know but it tasted "creamy and freshly made" I lack the proper words! I am happy that it also come with a scoop of icecream. I love green tea! But you may also choose vanilla if you want. You also have a choice of 2 appetizers but they are not refillable. 128522

My companion ordered the Saboten special set. It is almost the same with the sharing set, only it has 1 shrimp, 1 croquette and 3 slices of pork loin. Not sure tho. Served with pickled veggies, which again, I am not a fan of, I found myself looking for the watermelon/pineapple from Yabu.

All are served with unli cabbage, miso soup and rice.

I had a nice experience! The only downside is that you have to call the attention of their servers so that they serve you with water. One waiter is kind enough to offer us another bowl of miso soup.

#henrysinstaxgiveaway

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Will C.
4.0 Stars
3

We went for an office lunch out today, Saboten was the unanimous choice. So we brave the midday heat all the way here *were expecting that the heat and long walk would be worth it :), were 15+ peeps and coming here without reservation was not a wise move, we were seated outside and the heat was crazy high, but that's the price that we pay if we all wanted to be seated next to each other.

We had a long waiting time for our orders, each one came one after another with something like 10 minute interval with almost same order. Wondering how they cook it inside. Normally i would let it pass but its just freaking hot today.

Order their Tsuki - Moon at P595.00
Cabbage and pickles (unlimited), 2 appetizers, rice and miso soup (unlimited), 1 deep-fried shrimp, 1 crab cream croquette, and 1 rolled cutlet (choice of asparagus, cheese *i went on cheese), dessert (green tea ice cream). This one was really good, unli cabbage was just normal, while their radish that taste like kimchi was very good, we had it replenish several times. Miso Soup was just okay. Deep Fried Shrimp was the best, It was huge. Huge Tiger Shrimp with some filling in between the shrimp and breading. I will suggest ordering this one apart from their pork katsu. Crab Cream croquette got this unique taste and for me together with seafood sauce its was a winner. I went with cheese for the rolled cutlet but the cheese wasn't that cheesy *if that makes any sense* so i would suggest going with the asparagus next time. But nonetheless it was still good. Pork cutlet was really tender. And as for the ice cream, hmmm... even though its matcha, i didn't taste a single matcha flavor in it. :( Oh, their 2 salad was good, radish and chicken tender.

We also order chicken karaage for the group, might not be the best chicken karaage and their edamame was abit "bitin".

Overall it still the best when it comes to Pork Katsu and maybe on fried Tiger Prawns. :)

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Ian V.
4.0 Stars

One of the good places for katsu in my list. Tender meat, very crunchy breading, fresh cabbage. And bonus points for a not crowdy place. (Maisen feels too crowded for me although their katsu is definitely worth it.)

P.S. I hope Looloo adds Katsu in the categories for when you're looking for places to eat. 128513

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Marco P.
4.0 Stars

Family dinner 128540services 9
Food 9
Desert love the hazelnuts cake 128525128525128525128525128525

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Carrie F.
5.0 Stars

There's the katsu and now they have shabu! But don't just believe the rhyme, try it! 128514128076🏼10084️ oh we also like the sans rival cake

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Melissa Joyce B.
5.0 Stars

Meat, rice, tea, friendly staff! Perfect!

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Mary Love S.
3.0 Stars

Japanese food seems to be extremely popular these days with ramen and katsu places popping left and right. Every time I pass by The Fort or walk around Shangri-La, I see a lot of new Japanese places I just have to try. And yes, Saboten is part of the list.

It has been a while since I last saw M so I set a date with her to catch up. We were supposed to have lunch with T but T suddenly backed out as he had to meet his friend. *sad*

We met up a bit past 2 p.m. and I was surrounded by food as early as 11 a.m. so I was tortured for over 3 hours! >.<

Anyway, when we arrived at Saboten, the place was still full and we were on the wait list. But since we’re second, we decided to wait. It wasn’t long till we got a table.

I got mesmerized by the Grated Radish Katsu so I ordered the Loin Set (PHP395). But since ordering just one viand isn’t my thing, I convinced M that we order Saboten Special Set (PHP525) too. The Special set includes one deep-fried shrimp, 65g loin cutlet, 30g tenderloin cutlet, and one crab cream croquette. For dessert, we ordered one Chocolate Hazelnut Cream Cake (PHP195).

Service was quick given that the place was packed.

First served was a huge bowl of cabbage and some pickled cucumber and radish.

M and I enjoyed it so much that when the first dish arrived, we were a bit full. But the dressing was just too addicting!!!

Now for the moment of truth, the Grated Radish Katsu…

I was pretty disappointed that it tasted like typical katsu. The radish’s taste wasn’t strong enough to make it stand out. I tried pouring more sauce and adding more radish but it tasted pretty bland. I kept on getting more to see if my taste buds just fell asleep but M agreed that it was bland.

But the clincher here was that some parts of the katsu were not cooked well. I couldn’t even chew it. I guess I have to skip this next time.

The Saboten Special’s serving is a bit too stingy for the price. True, we get a bit of a several dishes but this is not ideal for sharing as the “bits” were a bit too small. Well, at least for me. The katsu were slightly dry for me. But the crab cream croquette saved the day! It was really good! Oozing with flavor, it’s my new favorite!

Now for the dessert…

The presentation was very plain but the taste was superb! It was indeed very chocolatey and I love that the bits of hazelnut added crunch to the silky milk chocolate. I could easily finish two orders of it. The nice thing was that it wasn’t overly sweet too. Yum!

I’ll definitely be back for more of that crab cream croquette and desserts! I have my eyes on the strawberry shortcake!

#12Days

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Renz O.
5.0 Stars

Definitely hits the spot when you're craving for some japanese katsu 128077🏻

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Kiko G.
3.0 Stars

I have only tried Saboten in HK Airport and wanted to try one of their restaurants here. It's one of Yabu's competition before and last Saturday I got to try their best seller, the Tenderloin Katsu Set and tried their Chicken Karage too.

No questions about the service. The servers were very friendly and made sure that my glass was never empty. My server was also very knowledgeable of the menu and can strongly recommend.

The Karaage was served first and it was really good. Chicken was thinly coated and crispy on the outside served with a lot of Japanese Mayo. It's one of the best Karaage.

When the Katsu was served, I immediately noticed that the meat was dry and has a bright white color. The panko crust was good and I was right about the meat. It's too dehydrated. The Tonkatsu sauce was also loose and more sour than the other tonkatsu sauce I've tried. I did like their goma sauce though and because of it I got so full for eating too much cabbage. 128077🏼. They served it with Miso soup which in my opinion was okay.

The only thing I will come back for is their Karaage. Dont get me wrong. Food is okay but we have so many Katsu choices now like Yabu, Tonkatsu, Katsu Sora, Kimukatsu and the list goes on. Yabu is still the best and it's a local concept.

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EndoFoodie A.
5.0 Stars

Great Katsu experience here at Saboten. The pork cutlet was fried to perfection. Panko wasn't burnt and the tenderloin was still juicy and tender making every bite a wonderful experience. Of course it wouldn't be complete with the katsu sauce with ground sesame seeds.

Ended the main course with their famous Matcha (green tea) ice cream served on a cold plate which is great! I'll never get tired dining in Saboten.

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Bevs M.
5.0 Stars

It's one of my fave Japanese resto. The Miso Katsu set was my favorite, it was so tasty and delish. Claypot set was also good. Their meat was so tender, it was easy to cut and chew without any effort. Big in servings. Good value for the price coz it was worth the taste and quailty. I also loooove the Matcha Green Tea Milkshake, since I'm a huge fan of green tea and milkshake. It was so smooth and frothy that I don't even need a dessert anymore. I love the ambiance, the interior and setting feels like I'm in Japan.

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Elmer R.
4.0 Stars

I would like to eat here more when I'm in Serendra and between the only two branches of Saboten's franchise here in Manila. Place looks cool from the inside with a pretty good view of the outside. Got me a set of variety katsu- cheese, shrimp and tenderloin, still good as before I've tried it here.

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JP S.
5.0 Stars

Mixed Set for 410p is my favorite thing to order. Rice is legit sticky Japanese rice, and the breading is too perfect. Crab croquette always hits the spot, and I can't get enough free refills of everything. Always a go-to spot for me when in the Fort.

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Mae A.
5.0 Stars

And that Original Tenderloin Set was GOOD. 127857

No fats were in the way on this one! Just pure pork goodness! Every bite was a slice of heaven for me. It was cooked well. One wouldn't get that oily feel when it comes to these fried goods.

Saboten is always a wise choice when it comes to Tonkatsu as they have a lot of varieties to choose from. Backed with good service, I'm sure one's visit here would get a perfect 10. 128522🔟128523

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Kat G.
5.0 Stars

When it comes to Tonkatsu, you'll never go wrong with Saboten, Fort. They never failed me yet! Grated Radish Tonkatsu is just the perfect comfort food for me after a looooong week! You know what I mean, right? (However, I highly recommend the Fort branch vs Glorietta branch in terms of service and, you want to take note of this: cleanliness!)

Well, we can never go wrong with Jap anyway128521

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Jennifer N.
4.0 Stars

I've been here a few times already and I'm never disappointed. (Mind you, I've never been to Yabu so I can't compare the two yet!)

I always get the Rolled Tenderloin Set C, and ask all cutlets to be stuffed with cheese. The quality of the meat is great, as is the warm oozing cheese. I love the breading they use, as it's fine and golden crispy. It also comes with unlimited sides such as cabbage, rice and miso soup, so I always leave stuffed! Not bad for the price you pay.

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The Bald Baker C.
3.0 Stars

I've eaten at Saboten a few times already (like 7 times, if I'm not mistaken) and my afterthought after eating tere is always consistent... I wish I went to Yabu instead.

Don't get me wrong, the food isn't bad... And it's amazing that there's no line, but given that the pricepoints are comparable to Yabu's, you can't help but think that you're getting more bang for the buck with its competitor.

Last night, I had the grated radish, and it was alright. The pork used was okay... Wasn't extremely juicy as i would've wanted, but it was perfectly cooked.

Anyways, don't have much to say about the place...

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