Yabu

UG/F Alabang Town Center, Alabang-Zapote Rd. cor. Madrigal Ave., Alabang, Muntinlupa, Metro Manila

Yabu
4.4
4.5 Stars

93 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 55
  • 4 stars 23
  • 3 stars 11
  • 2 stars 2
  • 1 star 2
  • 113 Reviews
  • 104 Recommend
  • 93 Reviewers
Category:
Japanese
Business Hours
Reopens: 11:00a - 9:00p
Phone
+6325514195

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 10:00a - 10:00p
  • Monday
    • 11:00a - 9:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 11:00a - 9:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 11:00a - 9:00p
  • Thursday
    • 11:00a - 9:00p
  • Friday
    • 11:00a - 9:00p
  • Saturday
    • 10:00a - 10:00p

Payment Options

American Express, Cash, MasterCard, Visa

More Business Info

Parking:
Parking Lot
Reservations:
No
Kids Menu:
Yes
Delivery:
No
Take Out:
Yes
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
Ambience:
Casual
Menus:
Lunch, Dinner
Alcohol:
None
Waiter Service:
Yes
Attire:
Casual
Good for Groups:
Yes

Most Recent Reviews

Mildy S.
5.0 Stars

Ordered chicken and dory katsu pairs 128523yummy

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Lavina L.
1.0 Stars

I am very angry upset and disappointed that the vegetarian katsu set has been removed from the menu. There is a growing vegetarian and vegan population in the Philippines and Yabu just took a big step to backtrack from being an establishment that can cater to both meat and veggie lovers. Ten thumbs down for you Yabu.

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Ruth S.
3.0 Stars
3

Right after hearing mass, we head straight to ATC for our Mother's day dinner. This time with my second mom (my aunt) and my lola.

24th in line, we were a little hesitant to still eat here and wait. But it's mother's day and lola likes this place. Tiis tiis muna ng gutom...... But deep inside 128557128553128534128555128565128533128148

After almost 1.5hrs of waiting, finally!! Ordered right away since we all know what we want.

For our appetizer, we ordered the Mozzarella sticks. I have read a lot of good reviews so even though it was a bit pricey given the "simplicity" of the dish, I still insisted we get this. Good thing I did because this was really good! 6 huge pieces of perfectly fried crispy sticks filled with gooey and yummy melted mozzarella cheese and then served with their special sauce (sorry forgot the name). ANG SARAP!!!!!! Any cheese loving person will enjoy this! 128155128155128155

And then our set meals were served...

PRAWN SET
Lately, lola would only eat a little or would not eat at all. Yabu's Prawn set is her favorite. She can finish everything on her own. We've eaten here a number of times already and we always get this for her. ALL THE TIME. Trivia: I have never tried this, even just a small bite, because it's exclusively just for lola. No sharing. 128530 She likes this so much that for a super picky eater like her, she can finish everything. So there must be really something special and good about this. Kinda of pricey for almost 500/set but still worth it. 128077🏼

ROSU (Pork-loin)
Tender and juicy pork cutlet katsu with a bit of fat. Aunt's default order here. You can never go wrong with this one because this is really good. The small 80g is already more than enough.

EBI PATTY
I have always wanted to try this because of all the good and positive reviews. Too bad I wasn't able to try their burger version before but not this time, I'm not going to waste the chance of trying this one now. When you look at it, you can see real prawn pieces inside. First bite and wow. It's good! Really good. Flavorful. 128525 Loved how generous the prawns added were. You really get to taste them in every bite. Tried it with and without the sauce and enjoyed both. The sauce for this one was the same with the mozzarella sticks dip. By ordering this, I felt like I was already able to "taste" in a way their Prawn katsu. This was good with just a few pieces of prawns. What more if you're eating the whole prawn right? 128525127844

We really loved everything. You can never go wrong with any of the dishes here in Yabu. Plus you get to enjoy this with miso soup, unlimited refill of cabbage, and fresh pineapple and watermelon. 128076🏼

But sadly. It was just the food that was amazing that night. The place and service was.................

PLACE:
It was crowded, disorganized, and super noisy. 128529

SERVICE:
I don't know if it's because its mother's day and the place is full or their service is just bad. Really bad. The waiting time was too long (had to wait for more than an hour and a half), and then we were directed to a still uncleaned and super messy table, and getting their attention just so we can start ordering was hard. Asking for water/tea, was impossible as well. Either they will forget to give it to you or they wouldn't even acknowledge your request. 128530128530

Read in their menu the "Yabu promise" -- 20 minutes waiting time or it's free. After 20 minutes, no orders yet.. 30 minutes, still nothing.. After almost 40-45 minutes, it was only then our orders were served. If we are to follow the "Yabu promise", we can already get everything for free! But given the "occasion/situation", we decided not to ask if the promise is real. 128530128530

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Lalaine D.
5.0 Stars

It wasnt my first time in Yabu but whenever I eat here it's always like the first time. I am not really a fan of Katsu because I find it too heavy but Yabu changed it. I eat Katsu now because of them. I like that there's an option if you prefer white rice or brown rice, of course I picked brown rice because it's "healthier" so they say and it's unlimited 128518 Unlimited cabbage and fruits as well. I like my cabbage with "Goma" dressing.

They also have the "Mozzarella stick Katsu" but I didnt try it but I will try it on my next visit 🤗

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Aissa C.
3.0 Stars

It's more of a 3.5...

We had our family lunch in Alabang since we go to makati often anyway.

The little girl decides to eat at Yabu and everyone agreed since its been a while since we last ate there.

Our orders:
Kids meal chicken tonkatsu
Hire Tonkatsu
Chicken katsudon special

We are a family who doesn't really explore on orders....

The food still tastes the same...still all good!we enjoyed our lunch today...

However I think the Alabang is short on staff! It's slower than usual...but they were all nice!

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Michael A.
5.0 Stars

Ordered Hire, the food is great and the attendant was attentive.

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Archieval M.
3.0 Stars

The food is okay. Unlimited coleslaw/salad and rice. Kinda pricey though.

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Jacqui T.
5.0 Stars

My Japanese kind of date with husband. Yabu has always been his favorite place when it comes to Katsu. Hubby ordered Tonkatsu and I gave their newest burger creation a shot since it is for a limited time only.

Hire Katsu Burger is made of Yabu's breaded pork cutlet topped with cabbage, shiso leaves, Japanese pickles and Katsu sauce between soft brioche burger buns. I paired it with their Furikake French Fries. It was good and satisfying.

I poured the whole Katsu sauce to my burger and it made my bun too salty, so be careful. Their Furikake French Fries were crispy, crunchy - burger's perfect match.

Will come back soon to try their Ebi Katsu Burger.

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Chili G.
3.0 Stars

Been craving for katsu and layu sauce for a while now so we headed to yabu ATC last night. Even though this branch is nearer, I think we've only been here three times. We go to the southmall branch more often for some reason. Anyway, when we got there around 6PM, there was already a line to be seated and we were 4th on the list. Since my mind was set on this, we waited.
Took about 20 mins till we were seated. I already knew what I wanted so we ordered right away. We immediately noticed that service was a tad different from southmall's. They seem 'aligaga' here or out of sorts. Is it the set up? They also didn't have the plastic masks in front of their mouths.
My order arrived (chicken 90) in about 10mins, HOWEVER, my husband's order arrived in 25mins. It was a katsudon bowl. We had to follow up twice.
When it arrived, the manage approached our table to apologize for the delay etc etc. sabi ko the server should've informed us that it takes that long. Anyways I don't think it takes that long naman talaga.
Thankfully, they took it out of our bill. But sadly I don't think we will be going back to that branch 128529

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Ricky d.
5.0 Stars

CURRY Katsudon in a hot stone pot
Hot! Till the last mouthfull...

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Juan Carlo D.
4.0 Stars

Kurobota Katsu is awesome

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Shiela Joy R.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Ghirly L.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Chef Riccardo L.
5.0 Stars

Awesome food and service!

Food quality: 10 of 10
Ambiance: 10 of 10
Service: 10 of 10

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Elaine B.
5.0 Stars

Okay. So.. It's been a while since I last ate at Yabu or made a decent review.. Haha! But yeah, It's definitely one of my fave restos ( I know I'm not the only one 127926) and I'm so so so happy I got to eat here again! 128557 the place was packed when we arrived, we're 3rd on the waiting list, but got a table in no time so 128076128076128076. I've almost always order the Salmon Katsu set everytime, but I've read a lot of good reviews about the new salmon don, so I thought I should give it a try (plus I'll have a chance to win a trip to Tokyo for two if I order any of the don series, yun talaga yung winning factor hehe)

The Salmon Don set includes a 1 1/2 inch thick salmon steak, crispy salmon skin, salmon roe, mixed teriyaki rice, sauteed bell pepper and eggplant plus the usual shredded cabbage, miso soup and fruits on the side. Well, all I can say is I'm sorry, Salmon Katsu.. but I found a new love.. It's not you, it's me. HAHA. Kidding aside, Salmon Don definitely tops their katsu in so many levels.. The amazing thing about this meal is that not only is the thick salmon steak perfectly cooked (medium) but also the other components they added to it are perfect for each other 100841008410084️: the teriyaki rice which has the right amount of sweetness that's not overpowering, the crispy salmon skin which adds to the texture of the meal, the salmon roe which adds flavor to the rice plus the sautéed bell pepper and eggplant!! And it's cheaper compared to the katsu set! ( this is actually a review for the Salmon Don set lol) but yeah, you guys should definitely give it a try if you find yourself craving for a salmon meal. 128077128077128077

And I also want to commend them for their excellent service. All of the crew were very attentive and friendly so yeahhhh. Good for you, Yabu! 100841008410084

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Saul Aurelius Isidore B.
3.0 Stars

Oink oink oink! Yabu. 128513

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Ruth S.
5.0 Stars

Salmon Don FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 128588

Instead of ordering my usual order, i decided to try their new dish, SALMON DON! And i'm super happy i made the right choice! 128077

The salmon steak was perfectly cooked. It's tender with melt in your mouth goodness! It's super tasty and yummy and simply amazing! 128525 the crispy salmon skin was uggh the best. The teriyaki rice was flavorful. It has the kind of sweetness that perfectly matched the salmon. The bottom part was burnt but I liked the tutong part. I also liked the eggplant and bell peppers on the side. And the last part of the dish, the salmon roe! Omg, it's my first time to taste it and woah, it was goood! It pops and gives a very weird but good taste! I liked it! 128513 Everything just worked perfectly together! 128076

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Ara H.
5.0 Stars

Chicken katsu set 128079

Days ago, we craved for something Japanese, so I finally got the chance to treat my best food-buddy, ever-loving handsome boyfriend (naks naman) here sa Yabu. We had our first katsu from Tonkatsu by Terrazawa at Nuvali so for us, this Yabu katsu sets are kinda alike but I liked Yabu's Miso Soup better hehe 9996

Oh, and we both ordered the 180g set. OMG, GLUTTONY GALORE! Hahahahaha. So many food intakes (unli veggies plus refillable rice), I almost threw up 128561128552128567 but this is so worth it. Next time, i'll go for the 90g instead hehe. 128525128139128538128523

I wanted to try their lava cake but it's not available, so we went somewhere else for dessert. So sad.

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Gely B.
4.0 Stars

Had dinner at Yabu the other and got to claim my birthday coupon. There were three choices between Rosu, Chicken and Cream Dory Katsu Sets. We chose the Rosu Katsu set and ordered another Torimenchi set which was, I think, chicken katsu with ham and cheese filling? The Rosu was really good! The taste was good and it was kind of chewy which I really liked. The Torimenchi was good too but towards the end of the meal, I was kind of getting sick of it already.

Everything else was really good though. The katsu comes in a set with miso soup, rice, cabbage salad, fruits and some pickles. These are all unlimited! The miso soup was pretty good, and the fruits were sweet and ripe. Cabbage salad was pretty awesome with the Goma sauce as well!

Service was really nice. Our waiter was very attentive. There were also servers who constantly goes around tables to serve everyone.

They actually lacked a few items on their menu like the ripe mango shake and a few of their other drinks.

A set was priced, more or less, at 500 pesos but it's pretty worth it in my opinion.

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Anne D.
5.0 Stars

One of my favorite! Thumbs up!

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