Yabu

5/F SM Aura Premier, McKinley Parkway cor. 26th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila

Yabu
4.5
4.5 Stars

223 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 139
  • 4 stars 68
  • 3 stars 12
  • 2 stars 2
  • 1 star 2
  • 271 Reviews
  • 269 Recommend
  • 223 Reviewers
Category:
Japanese
Business Hours
Reopens: 10:00a - 10:00p
Phone
+6325561001

Hours

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

Payment Options

American Express, Cash, MasterCard, Visa

More Business Info

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

Most Recent Reviews

Amabelle A.
4.0 Stars
2

The hesitation to try Yabu was finally broken amidst the grumbling noise of our stomachs 128514. It's beside Ramen Nagi but I do not feel eating noodles today. So, I gave in to the tempting photos of the famed pork cutlets by the resto's entrance. The service crew that assisted us was welcoming for first timers like us. She even explained the difference between the Katsus on the menu. She also taught us how to create the dipping sauce. I like that there's an option for brown rice and that it's refillable. Our order was quick to be served. They are also proactive in asking if we want rice,cabbage,soup or iced tea. Now on to the Katsu. We ordered the Menchi and the Tori Menchi Katsu set. Out of the two, I did like the Tori Menchi better as it resembles my favorite Chicken Cordon Bleau. The other one was a mix of pork and beef which was too strong for my palate but it was still alright though. I was not able to finish the entire set as I am gulping on iced tea which made me full right away. The serving of cabbage was hefty as well. Overall, it was a good dining experience for both the food and the restaurant's customer service.

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Cel C.
5.0 Stars
2

It's only my 3rd time at Yabu but first at this branch. The servers were so warm and all smiles so it was welcoming especially for a solo diner like me.

I ordered something I've never had before, Curry Hire. I love curry so it was a nice surprise how good it is. You can choose how spicy you want. Mild spicy is perfect for me. Argh the hire (pork) is so thick and tender! A nice contrast to the crunchy coating. So good! I love the wasabi kewpie on the cabbage; I actually had my cabbage refilled twice! Haha ang takaw! One good thing here is the refillable sides. Miso soup is good too. Always satisfied with Yabu.

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Jonathan R.
5.0 Stars
5

Superb service!

Maureen, our food server did an excellent job. Going above and beyond!

I had the Original Kastudon Set (Rosu) and my friend had Menchi Katsu Set. I took a picture of the foods' description. Just me being lazy. 128514

We enjoyed the food we ordered. We left the restaurant happy and full.

Food - 1108811088110881108811088
Service - 1108811088110881108811088
Ambience - 1108811088110881108811088
Value for Money - 1108811088110881108811088

Will definitely come back and bring along some friends! 128521

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Annechile S.
4.0 Stars

Really loved their Katsu! 128076🏻

Good food. Good service. Good company. = Happiness 10084

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Benjie G.
5.0 Stars

Took my family for dinner. Food and service was great, spent 2hrs enjoying the food and exchanging happy moments.

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Marjorie L.
5.0 Stars
2

Several weeks ago I was craving for something Japanese. So I told my dad I wanted to eat somewhere serving Japanese food. My dad then told me there is this great Japanese restaurant that serves yummy Tonkatsu sets, Donburi sets, Katsu Burgers and some other dishes. I read at one website that their dishes are prepared by their chefs who were trained by Chef Kazuya Takeda, the head of chef of Tonkatsu Takeshin, a popular tonkatsu restaurant in Tokyo, Japan.

It was my first time to eat at Yabu and I'm glad that there were guides on how to make their special katsu sauce. First you have to crush the black and white sesame seeds until most of the seeds are ground. The aroma brought by the ground sesame seeds are really appetizing and sets the mood for the awesome Katsu experience. Then you pour the Katsu sauce onto the ground sesame seeds and then your done! We ordered this Tonkatsu Set- Rosu Pork Loin served with unlimited Japanese white rice, miso soup, Japanese pickles, unlimited cabbage with sesame dressing and a bowl of fruits. The pork was very soft, tasty and juicy. It was worth the price especially of the unlimited sidings! We also got this Curry Tonkatsu Set which was really good because I'm a fan of anything curry! Refreshing fruit shakes were also available but we didn't get those because I had a runny nose that time. Next time we'll eat there I'll make sure to order that.

You should definitely give this restaurant a try because its prices were reasonable for the serving of the food. Service was also great. Definitely coming back here! 10084

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Angela Marie C.
5.0 Stars
2

Yabu, I Yabu!!! 100841008410084

Yabu's take on tonkatsu is always a favorite. They have perfected the texture of the food, consistently not oily and portions measured accurately. The ingredients are fresh as I can taste every time I dine.

My most recent visit reminded me that I have not received my birthday coupon this year. 128557 Apparently Yabu is currently updating their VIP list and rewards program. I would love to know how they will top their last offer though.

My boyfriend had his staple Chicken Katsu Set with unlimited everything. We mainly come back for the unlimited everything, because who wouldn't? Their cabbage salad and Sesame dressing is always spot on!

For me, I am so happy that finally Yabu has come up with more Katsu combos! I have just ordered the best of both worlds, the Rosu and Oyster Set! Yummy is an understatement! Their oysters are so fresh and plump and sweet and delicious! I can't get enough of these babies! I love these so much, my boyfriend already know I wouldn't even dare share even a bite of it, and so he didn't ask for any. 128514

I am wishing for the day Yabu shall expand in Cebu! For now, I'll look forward to my next trip to Manila to have another go in this Japanese joint!

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Athina Janelle U.
5.0 Stars

Ordered the original katsudon while my friend had the menchi katsu set. The servings are enormous given that they serve unlimited sides and rice. My katsudon tastes good. Love the sweet salty taste and how the egg was nicely done. However, there are parts of the pork that is a bit hard to chew. I already told this to the manager who asked us how was our experience. He was a bit surprised and told me he will tell the chef about it. As far as I know, the katsudon should be easy to bite into. I tried my friend's menchi, it was yummy! I like the creamy cheese inside.
Had no complaints about the miso soup, cabbages, and the fruits. They served us as promptly as they can. Will definitely crave for this in the future.

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Allana J.
5.0 Stars
2

Mother dragon was feeling a bit generous that day and gave us money so we can have a date. Good timing, ma! Because we were already planning to watch Civil War that weekend! Hehe

We had brunch here because every time I search under the category of "Best" nearby, Yabu always has a spot.

Aside from ramen, katsu is the only Japanese food I like. Their katsu sets are served with miso soup (that tastes so good btw), unlimited vegetable & rice, and sliced fruits.

They will assume that you know how to use chopsticks when you dine here but for those who doesn't know how (like myself hehe), you can always ask for spoon & fork.

I ordered their chicken katsu while the sissum had the ham and cheese one. What I love here is that the breading doesn't have an "umay" feeling. My sister said so too! I was debating on having the 180 g but I'm glad I settled for the 120 g because I almost could not finish it!

Their katsu's are a bit expensive. Price ranges from 300 - 500 but trust me, it's worth it!

The only dessert they have is lava cake but after finishing my katsu I felt so bloated so we didn't order that even though it looked so good in the menu. I'll definitely have that to go next time.

Now I understand why it's rated "best" in looloo hehe 10084

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Kyla H.
5.0 Stars

Love love love!!!!!! Can't even count how many times I've eaten here (especially this branch in particular) but I'm always down for Yabu. The best service and of course the best Katsu!! <3

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Mary Love S.
4.0 Stars

It has been a tradition in our department to organize a simple Christmas dinner where we share a nice meal together and exchange gifts. But since we were extra busy (and poor) this year, we decided to scrap the second one and just focused on the fattening part.

Last month, we decided to have dinner at Yabu and since it’s not exactly a new restaurant, I made sure that I order something different. I remember a post on Yabu’s Menchi Katsu Burger (PHP380) and decided to get that one.

When we arrived, the early birds already secured a long table for us. (And it was not a picnic to get one as they waited for half an hour outside as Yabu requires them to place all our orders before getting a table).

It took a while before my dish was served. I was starving to the point of me feeling my cheekbones becoming more prominent and my tummy digesting my tummy. And to distract myself from the World War III happening inside my body, I decided to read the comic strip on the wall which was quite funny. (Katsu solves family feuds.)

And finally, my Menchi Katsu Burger arrived.

Menchi Katsu Burger is described by Yabu as “made with superior ground beef and pork, stuffed with creamy cheese, topped with shredded cabbage, shio leaves, Japanese pickles, spicy aioli and caramelized onion jam in a toasted brioche bun.” Doesn’t it sound so delectable? It also comes with Furikake French Fries with Japanese seasonings!

My officemates were curious about the burger and asked me if it was yummy after my first bite. I replied, “It’s okay. Nothing special.” Until it hit me… It was actually more than okay. It was scrumptious!

“Where were you when I still did not have these excess fats on my thighs and everywhere else?” That was the first question that came to mind when I had my second bite off my Menchi Katsu Burger. (Yep, not first. SECOND.)

The crunchy breading of the katsu was a perfect contrast to then soft bun. The tender and juicy patty with oozing cheese was addicting! I loved it with the veggies, especially the crisp shredded cabbage.

I want more!!! (Service sucks big time though!)

#gluttonshopper

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Ibongreys D.
1.0 Stars

This is the first time I hated Yabu because of the servers. When we were seated, first thing the receptionist told me was she'll get us a server. We waited 10 minutes.. No one attended to us. Then she passed by and we called her, she said right away "I'll get you a server". Like she isn't willing to assist? She didn't even asked what we needed. Is that what she can say all the time?!! I understand that she is a receptionist but what is it just to ask how she can help us. Then this Brian (server) came along so we called his attention and told him that we'd like to order. He signalled "wait" and we thought it would be quick but then I saw him attending to other guest when in fact we called him first. Like WTH????? We waited another 5 minutes for someone to take our orders. Brrrrrrr...... Orders came after 30 minutes.

And by the way, I'm writing this while waiting for my order just to let go of my frustations!!!!!!! Sarap sigawan, pero kelangan magtimpi. 9996🏼️

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Marijoe D.
5.0 Stars

Yabu will always be one of my favorites. I don't know how many times i went here. I love their food, it's worth the price coz of their unlimited brown/white rice, cabbage, fruits and miso soup. I've always ordered their rosu katsu, I love the meat, it's so tender and the size is just right. Food was great. Nice staff and ambiance.

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Miss Tala I.
4.0 Stars

I miss KATSUuuu much! 128542

Im now a Fairview-kid. You should come to Fairview terraces na.

few days before sweldo! I should see you again!!! X128139x128139

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Mickey S.
4.0 Stars

Portion sizes here are huge, and everything is good. I had the Hot Kurobuta Katsu Curry Set which was delicious, with the right amount of spice and flavor.

The set meals come with unlimited brown or white rice, Japanese pickles, cabbage, and Miso soup which is amazing! The pork Katsu was very soft and moist on the inside. My only gripe was the crisp level. It didn't have the amazing crunch I look for when I bite into a piece of Katsudon.

If you're tired of dry pork cutlets, this is what you've been looking for. I don't think I'll ever want a regular Katsu again. The place filled up quickly after we sat down. The service was prompt and the waiters were friendly and accommodating. I will certainly be returning soon.

Cheers,
Mickey

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Diana L.
5.0 Stars

I'll be loving you forever. I won't let you go Yabu. HAHAHHAA

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Jonathan L.
5.0 Stars

Always love eating here! Yabu's my go-to food place when I can't decide on where to eat when I'm outside. Great ambience, affordable (considering it's unlimited rice, fruits, miso soup, cabbage and pickles and we all love things unlimited) huge fan of their iced tea and of course their out-of-this world menchi katsu is very addictive! Always craving for more!

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Michaelangelo M.
5.0 Stars

Extraordinary eating experience in this Japanese restaurant. Their Iido salad and Chicken salad surely will stimulate your taste buds with its slight spicy bits. The jumbo prawn is very good. A bit pricey though.

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Katrina V.
5.0 Stars

I don't understand the fuss on this deep-fried breaded pork cutlet called Katsu. A lot of people have been raving about this high-end Katsu place and it took a lot of convincing for me to try this one out since I will have to splurge for just a piece of meat that I can probably spend at a buffet.

Well, thank God it was money well-spent! If you wonder why it cost that much, I can say that it's because you're paying not just for the quality of the food but also for the nice ambiance and most especially for its great customer service! Their staff are very attentive, accommodating and well-trained. I'm impressed that they know what they're selling. I remember asking something on the menu and the one who was serving us was able to answer. Most of the time, others would just give you a clueless look.

I also like how you can make your own sauce while waiting for your order to be served. I sure had fun crushing all that sesame seeds.128516 So if you're not skimpy, I recommend you go here for the quality of its food and best customer service!128521

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Yna N.
4.0 Stars

I've been here at yabu many times..food is great and you will enjoy the different sauces that are served it really suits their foods, unli rice and cabbage with nice place.. I enjoy it! 128522128523

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