Yabu

SM Southmall, Alabang-Zapote Rd., Almanza Uno, Las Piñas, Metro Manila

Yabu
4.5
4.5 Stars

86 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 54
  • 4 stars 29
  • 3 stars 1
  • 2 stars 0
  • 1 star 2
  • 111 Reviews
  • 118 Recommend
  • 86 Reviewers
Category:
Japanese
Business Hours
Reopens Sun: 10:00a - 9:00p
Phone
+6325513511

Hours

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

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

Billy S.
4.0 Stars

Sulit masarap tonkatsu sets with unlimited rice, organic cabbage, soup and pinya/pakwan :-)

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Chili G.
5.0 Stars

Yabu again! This is really one of my 'no-fail' places to go to. Well honestly we wanted to go to sambo but we were #27 on the list so never mind!
Since we're both trying to make healthier choices, I got the chicken 120 (without my usual extra salmon) with brown rice. Hubby got the rosu 180 with half white half brown.
The cabbage still tastes the way it did when it first opened which is a good thing! However, I noticed that they don't use pink Himalayan salt anymore? Maybe because just a few people use it. The mustard is also not that strong. Negligible changes IMO. But the layu sauce is php50 now! Used to be just 35 I think.
Oh and we tried the new mozzarella sticks! They used the same breading so it was really crunchy and not chewy. The mozzarella was melted just right (not burn your tongue hot). It also came with spicy aioli sauce.
Food was delish, service was good. Always a pleasure to eat at yabu 128522

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Lyn F.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Franz D.
5.0 Stars

I love their Katsu sets. I usually eat too much here, their cabbage and sauce alone keeps me so full. Their Creamy Dory is what dreams are made of.

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Carlo A.
5.0 Stars

Me and my girlfriend went to SM to go eat at Sambokojin because we were craving for it since we have a card for 1 free and been wanting to eat here
Unfortunately when we got there it was basically full and the line was long as we asked and saw that it had 50% off! No wonder so we were searching where to eat wherein Yabu was always next door and it was a no brainer for us as we dined in Yabu.
I hadn't eaten the whole day not even breakfast since our plan was to go to Sambokojin but Yabu's cabbage saves the day and I wanted to go for the Chicken Katsudon 180g instead of the regular Chicken Katsudon with Don buri sauce we always order, Sandra stuck with our regular.
Staff was warm nice and very attentive, the food arrived and I missed the Chicken Katsudon with the sauce you need to DIY and crush.
My first bite of my Chicken Katsudon was like heaven again.. I can't express how Crispy the Katsudon was and at the same time so tender and delicious especially with it's sauce! Cabbage was perfect as usual as I was getting my fill and Sandra enjoyed her Meal as well.
We were both happy and not disappointed and I can say service was a lot better than last time since there were less customers but not significantly.
Staff was great and I had 4 cabbages on purpose since I didn't want to get so full but I was stuffed just right! Can never go wrong with Yabu and I love this place, I shall return to try more of the new stuff!

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Carlo A.
4.0 Stars

Went here with my girlfriend since we haven't been here in a while, we were thinking of going to Sambokojin or yabu and couldn't decide.
I decided to go to yabu and went in.
We really missed this place a lot as we always order the Chicken Katsudon with Don buri sauce and loved it as usual.
The sauce they gave was too little so I had to ask for another cup since it looked quite dry.
Food was good as usual and how we missed and loved their cabbage as I had around 5 servings.
Staff were very warm and friendly with full of smiles especially entering the restaurant.
The only issue I had eating here earlier was the service, it wasn't that busy but looked like a normal day with customers.
I had to ask refills for cabbage around 3 times and one waiter there just forgot to serve since they seemed to lack staff.
Nonetheless I had great time eating here still as I love Yabu, you can never go wrong here.
Would love to come back again.

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Carlo A.
5.0 Stars

This place is heaven, I've been here many times with my girlfriend and her friends as group dates.. I love this place very much, we would always order the Chicken katsudon set with the sauce in it and it's the best katsudon I've ever eaten, you can't go wrong with this and don't get me started on the cabbage which is unlimited.. The dressings alone make it a perfect side dish to eat back and forth with your main dish. The food you pay here is worth the price and even more, you get more than what you pay for. The restaurant in the beginning, the wallpapers were kinda trippy and not nice to look at as you'd get dazed if you stare but they've changed it which is good. If you want a good hearty Japanese katsudon, this place takes the cake and you can't go wrong with Yabu's quality, it's one of the best, I'm craving to go back here again!

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Jb S.
4.0 Stars

What we usually order at Yabu are the Miso Katsu and the Menchi Katsu sets. If you're trying Yabu for the first time I suggest you try the Miso/Menchi sets first. For the Miso set the must try is the Hire/Riso. I wanted to try the Katsu curry for the longest time (always ending up w/ the typical Miso Hire set). I was not into meat at that time so I tried the Cream Dory Katsu Curry. You will be asked how much spice you wouldlike for your curry (NOTE: DO NOT TRY THE 3RD OPTION). I chose the 2nd one (HOT). Spice level was okay. The authenticity of the curry was there. I haven't tried Japanese curry before, but I could definitely taste a different spice in it. Please use a spoon when eating the Katsu Curry for you to enjoy the curry that came with the katsu. A MUST TRY!O yeah don't forget the sides, cabbage, rice, & miso soup is unlimited. Refill all you want!

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Shiela P.
1.0 Stars

Good food, service sucks! A lot of food on the menu were not available. Not attentive. I need to call their attention a lot of times before they come to our table. Love the katsu set 128523127830127831127844127834

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Mitch N.
4.0 Stars

This is the newest creation of Yabu their Katsu Burgers which will be available in limited time only. You can choose from Hire Katsu Burger and Ebi Katsu Burger shown in the photo9757🏻️ there are 2 choices as a side dish their Chicken Salad and Furikake French Fries. Imagine chunk of black tiger prawn, topped with cabbage, shiso leaves, japanese pickles, caramelized onion jam with spicy aioli in a brioche bun paired it with Furikake Fries. So good128525128077🏻 It's a bit pricey for P420/ order but worth it, filling and something different from the usual burger 128521

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Layne B.
4.0 Stars

Great food and excellent service. The servers are polite and quite friendly. I like how the place is quiet and not too crowded.

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JmArya A.
4.0 Stars

One of my fave Tonkatsu place! Love the cabbage salad and their dressings.

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Lyn B.
4.0 Stars

"Im no chef but i know good food when i eat one..." That is my favorite John Catucci phrase on his "You Gotta Eat Here" show.

This is my first review so i need to be good or at least be impressive...

Late last year when i heard of Yabu and saw their tarps at the mall which shows very enticing katsu. We went to SM Southmall thinking we'll be able to eat there, unfortunately the place was packed and so i never had a chance to go back until yesterday which was a Mother's Day!

Good timing, we came in early for dinner and there was still a table for my family. I ordered Rosu set, my daughter Chicken and my Mom, Salmon.

For a first timer like me, i would say my Rosu is really good though i know there are some more i need to taste. It was the most flavorful katsu i have ever tasted so far with small trimmings of fat, it was a taste of heaven! Their unlimited miso soup is a plus as well as the cabbage salad with their dressings.

I tasted my mom's and daughter's salmon and chicken sets and i find it a bit dry... Im thinking it's just me or it could be really dry because my daughter wasn't able to finish it, even my mom. I shared my Rosu with them so they can have a taste of it. My mom enjoyed her cabbage salad and miso soup though.

Unlimited white or brown rice is another plus...

Service... It was good... The crew are very attentive, asking if we need any refill.

The place was clean and cozy...
Good food, good service and good place...

Overall... "You gotta eat here!!!" Because im definitely going back!!!

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Khaye C.
5.0 Stars

Yabu Atc is consistent when it comes to poor service (been here twice) but still, every visit filled our tummy with cabbage 128525 & goma sauce.
With regards the service i suggest Yabu southmall instead. 128077🏼

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Chili G.
5.0 Stars

Happy that yabu' service hasn't changed since we first tried it (here in Southmall at least). Browsed through the menu and saw that there were a lot of new appetizers and entrees. However, still ordered my chicken 90 with a side of salmon. Memorize na nga Nung server e nakakahiya haha 128513
Both the chicken and salmon were cooked perfectly, servers were polite and attentive. Still my favorite Katsu place 10084

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Katrece G.
1.0 Stars

Left just now. Tried getting their attention twice. Two of them just looked at us no one bothered to give us a menu. So disappointed. Yabu what happened to your excellent service? 128548

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Aika C.
4.0 Stars

My sister wanted to eat at yabu so we just agreed because It's been quite a long time since we ate at yabu and we kind of missed the place anyway so, yabu it is!

I got the cream dory curry katsu with hot curry and just their barley tea. They don't offer brown rice as of the moment because of an incident where they found broken glass in the sack of brown rice.

My order was great- katsu was not oily, curry was good and hot enough that it made me break a sweat a little and the barley tea still tasted the same. We get the same good quality of food each time. I'm glad they maintained it 128522

Service during the meal was great. They were attentive and the manager was constantly roaming around to check on the customers.

Because I wasn't that hungry in the first place, i got more than half of my order wrapped up. As usual, i asked for cabbage and i expected them to put the rice, curry and cabbage in different containers, like before. But the server said they don't give cabbage anymore and she made it look like she just tipped the plate over onto the take out container 128547 whyyy

-1127775 for the 'panira' (lol 128518) to the otherwise great experience.

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Eunice S.
5.0 Stars

I'm running quite a lot of backlogs here. Gah. Busy days!

Anyway, this particular event was to celebrate my sister-in-law's happy 22nd. Happy birthday Nicel S! 127880 Thanks for the libre. Yay!

We were eyeing for Sambokojin which was right beside Yabu but the line was still crazy long. Seriously, on a Monday night?!? So Yabu it is. Since I wanted to go for the lesser evil, I opted for chicken katsu paired with brown rice. Believe it or not, it's just now that I noticed that you can actually get brown instead of white rice! Chicken was quite as tasty as the pork. Of course, I loaded myself with lotsa cabbage sprinkled with sesame dressing with a hint of wasabi. Good pair! It was kind of funny too that we had 3 refills of watermelon, haha! What is sulit, right?

Great food and great service, as always! :)

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Ceej C.
5.0 Stars

Yabu. What can I say? I can't explain!

After moviedate with my bf (Maze Runner is 10084️, hi Dylan O'Brien!), we decided to try Yabu for the first time. Whenever we want to try it, its always jampack but this time, we got to sit in the couch.

Ok so ambiance wise is a very big check for me. Love the atmosphere and those lines of Sake are so gorgeous in the eyes. You'll really feel like your in an authentic Japanese restaurant in Japan. Love those Manga drawings as well on the walls.

Staffs, another big check. Everyone is so accommodating and so cheerful. They really know what they are doing and the knowledge they have about Katsus', menu, etc., its all there. It's like each of them owns the place and that kind of dedication was very rare to see in any kind of resto. I really want to emphasize it here so other people can be inspired how they are so dedicated with their work.

Ok so here's the main part. Food!

They gave us this sesame seeds to grind to kill time while waiting. They have the Katsu sauce and other seasonings to create our own Katsu Sauce. We were lost on its taste, its a bit of sour-ish and I dont know how to explain it. But anyway, its a good try.

Ordered Salmon Set (P545), I'm a diehard fan of salmon. And yes, the salmon didnt betrayed my expectation. Its so yummy! Tried to dip it to my unknown Katsu sauce and it taste superb. I love the cabbage so I refill it trice, made it as my rice instead. They have 3 seasonings for the cabbage but I prefer the Sesame Seasoning. Had an option of plain white rice and brown rice, and since I'm mapagpanggap na nag didiet daw, got the brown rice instead. Haha! Jeez! 128561 There's also fruits, pink pickles and miso soup for the side dish, all refillable. So yes, Salmon Set is now part of my Fave List!

On the other hand, my boyfriend ordered the Kurobuta Set 120g (P590). Same set as mine but different Katsu. His was pork (buta means Pig), and asusual, it taste awesome! There are 2 set (90g/120g) and he got the meatier one. It's so heavy to eat as what he descibe, he hardly finished it.

Lastly, Price. This is the saddest part of my story. Why? It's too expensive. But maybe, just maybe, its considerable since overall its a good experience to dine here. Just that, you cannot eat here everyday, unless your bank account is as big as the statue of Liberty. Haha! Thou, I'll definitely be back here, sooooon! 128522

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Chili G.
5.0 Stars

It's been a while since I've had yabu so I was pretty excited. Of course the first thing I asked was if they had layu sauce 128513 they did so we went right in!
I got a 90 chicken and a side order of salmon. I cannot emphasize enough how perfect their salmon Katsu is! Crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside! Making me hungry again just writing about it haha.
Hubby got the katsudon and it was really good too. Service was impeccable as always 128522

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