Yabu

G/F Phase 2, UP Town Center, Katipunan Ave., Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila

Yabu
4.5
4.5 Stars

12 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 6
  • 4 stars 6
  • 3 stars 0
  • 2 stars 0
  • 1 star 0
  • 15 Reviews
  • 70 Recommend
  • 12 Reviewers
Category:
Japanese
Business Hours
Reopens Wed: 11:00a - 9:00p

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
    • 10:00a - 10:00p
  • Saturday
    • 10:00a - 10:00p

Payment Options

American Express, Cash, MasterCard, Visa

More Business Info

Parking:
Parking Lot
Reservations:
No
Kids Menu:
Yes
Take Out:
Yes
Menus:
Lunch, Dinner
Waiter Service:
Yes
Attire:
Casual
Good for Groups:
Yes

Most Recent Reviews

Kara G.
5.0 Stars

Probably the best Yabu branch I've been to. Good job with the service 128077🏼128079🏽128079🏻128079🏻1108811088110881108811088️ The floor manager was excellent (I should've gotten his name but he wore glasses; it was during the 12nn serving time). Our server, Mike, was also very good, so nice and proactive.

Got the menchi katsu set (cheese, minced meat) my sister described it as a burger inside a katsu 🤤🤓 127857 She got the hiro (I think) katsu set with iced tea; I got the lemonade. It was the first time though that they asked what kind of rice we wanted, white or brown. We both got brown 127834

As usual still the best katsu place in town!

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Bella J.
4.0 Stars
2

Had lunch here with my cousin the other day since the unli rice + cabbage + soup seemed like a great day. Ordered the Rosu Katsu set. Surprisingly, it had just the right amount of fat in it. Wasn't oily and the pork was tender.

Service was prompt. Didn't have to wait long for refills, which is always a plus!

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Aileen L.
5.0 Stars
2

My son Latrell Joshua L 15th birthday dinner celebration at Yabu House of Katsu at UP Town Center branch last March 13 evening .

My son loves katsu and Yabu is his request so we bring him there on his bday.127857

I ordered the Mixed Katsu Set! Served with unlimited Japanese rice 127834 miso soup, Japanese pickles, unlimited cabbage with sesame dressing and bowl of fruits, really loved it now , love the unli cabbage especially the sesame dressing !

Price per meal is around 400-500 but it's so worth it, food is really heavy to the stomach 128077

Free Japanese matcha ice cream for the bday boy! Thank you Yabu!

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Bella J.
3.0 Stars
2

My cousin and I were really starving the other day so we decided on Yabu because of the unlimited rice and unlimited everything else. Haha. We ordered the fried mozzarella sticks. It was good and the size of the sticks was generous. The breaking had a good crunch too.

For my part, I got the 120g Rosu Katsu Set, which as always is a sulit meal for me.

Unfortunately, I'll be giving this 3 stars only because of two things. First, the tables are small! Since the set meals are served on trays, they take up so much space. Add the tray of condiments and there's pretty much no other spot for other dishes. It took us a long moment of rearranging the stuff on our table to get everything organized. And our waiter was no help at all so my cousin and I did everything.

Second, it was too warm! I don't know if the aircon was busted or the staff had it on at low. But I wish it was colder so the experience would've been more comfortable

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Muffy T.
5.0 Stars
2

Soooo my love for yabu is back. It was a good day, and i hope their good streak continues.

After a couple of mixed reviews about the service at this branch, i feel like they are finally up-to-speed.

Its a friday night and the place was packed, but you can see that everyone was being attended to. The wait staff seems a little bit more organized and spunky as they constantly (like every five minutes 'constantly'128517) offer you (rice, cabbage, and iced tea) refills. I found it just a tad excessive that the manager visited our table four times during a 45-minute visit to check on how my food was, but i believe its just part of yabu's good customer service.

Food quality is good as always, and i can definitely count on this! My friend's rosu katsu was tender and fried well; while my ebi patty had fresh shrimp in it, and was not at all oily.

Snaps are given for their good food and improved service.

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Michaelangelo M.
5.0 Stars
4

Chicken salad and Mozarella stick as appetizer are quite good. Their prawn Katsu is the best for me. Also try their chicken. Service crew are quite helpful.

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Muffy T.
2.0 Stars

Oh yabu. You let me down twice in a span of two months. After my not so-good experience with the service at this branch, my friend and i came back for our usual date.

I tried ordering the hire katsudon a while ago, but they denied my request to have the rice separated. I really really dont like wet rice, so i do this with all the rice toppings anywhere.

I first asked our server Shy while ordering. She came back to me saying that its not possible. I asked her "why" since it was a pretty common request that i never had a problem with at any of their branches. She came back saying that they'd have to deconstruct the dish and all the parts of the kastsudon would be cooked separately and then they would have to bring out the whole thing in bowls with individual ingredients. I was surprised with her answer but i said "wow that seems like a lot of trouble but thanks i appreciate that".

A few minutes later Vhin came out saying that they cant do it cos its just too difficult and the chef says no. So i explained and followed with "well it shouldnt be; i dont understand; please ask again". So he went back to the kitchen and came out for a third time sayjng that there was a NEW RULE and a MEMO saying that i just cant have my rice on the side (in a separate bowl).

I told vhin i dont understand what they were trying to do with the dish since the request was just "separate rice from ulam".. since i knew there was a misunderstanding somewhere, i just asked for the menu and ordered prawn katsu.

Unfortunately, i left unsatisfied and disappointed. Despite what happened tonight, ill still be back, but just because i still really like yabu.

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Muffy T.
5.0 Stars
2

My new favourite: the chopped ebi katsu patty! I liked it better than the pork because its light and more flavourful.

My fried enjoyed her katsu-pair with dory and chicken. She was glad they give you the option to have brown rice.

This branch's service is a little slow. They seem undermanned. Its not typical of them to have you seat yourselves, and nobody approached us until 5 minutes after sitting down.

Overall, food was good and service couldve been better tonight.

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Pauie P.
4.0 Stars
2

Birthday Dinner Out for Papa

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Steffhanie S.
4.0 Stars
2

It was last Tuesday when my cousins and I decided to have dinner at Yabu's branch located in U.P. Town Center. This branch is quite new given that it just opened this year and located at the extended wing of the Ayala mall.

The restaurant's located outdoor, surrounded by trees and nice exterior lights that give it a more welcoming and pretty vibe most especially at night.

Given its not so big space, the restaurant has a waiting line outside for those who can't be accommodate initially. After waiting for like 10 minutes, we went inside and got a place near the entrance area. Like the usual interiors of other Yabu restaurants, the decors were mostly made of simple and straightforward wood paired with mostly yellow ceiling decors that give it light and casual vibes.

From their very detailed menu, you'll see a lot of choices from the finest meat, chicken, seafood for their main katsu sets. Aside from these sets, they have other options including mozzarella sticks, salad, katsudon, ice creams, etc.

So for my order, I shared a Premium Tonkatsu Set with my brother that came with unlimited Japanese or brown rice, miso soup, Japanese pickles, cabbage that came with dressing and a bowl of fruits including watermelon and pineapple. We got the Rosu Porkloin set at 120 grams. This one's their premium 3/4 inch thick pork loin that came with a trimming of fat.

The 120 grams serving can be shared by 2 people if you're not that hungry. It was really tender, juicy and delicious but I wasn't able to taste the fat that much. Nevertheless, the whole dish was so affordable given its price of 380php.

I loved the Japanese rice a lot given its thickness, whiteness and softness. The miso soup, when served hot, is best eaten. My most favorite is their cabbage! When it's coldly served, it's best to drizzle the Goma and Wasabi sauces altogether and enjoy how tasty and delicious the simple salad is. After feeling so full, you'll definitely enjoy the fresh and sweet serving of the pineapples and watermelons. Remember, you can ask for the items again and again until you finally feel fulfilled.

Given that I shared the porkloin with my brother, I discovered that for a refillable set, it will cost you 150php. Meaning, you can order a tonkatsu set and share the meat for as long as you order a refillable set wherein the rice, soup, cabbage and fruits are unlimited in serving too.

As always, Yabu was a good choice because we were all happily full after dinner that day.

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Mio C.
5.0 Stars

Rice, soup, fruits and cabbage are all refillable. Solid food! Will go back 128077

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Kat M.
4.0 Stars
3

My friend was craving for unli-rice for lunch and I suggested Yabu 127834 she had the chicken katsudon and i had the curry katsu (medium spice). As always it's soooo good 128076🏼127835 kAya lang we werent able to maximize the unlistuff because we only had an hour for the lunch break 128569

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Julie L.
4.0 Stars
4

Catch up session with a good friend of mine. We decided to have dinner here.

I ordered Chicken Special Katsudon set (390PHp) yummy katsudon with sweet miso-based sauce topped with bonito flakes, nori and egg. Plus miso soup, cabbage salad and fruits. 128523

Love love their attentive staff. You don't have to request for refill they will immediately ask and provide what you need.

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May B.
5.0 Stars

I have been craving for Yabu since it opened in UPTC, which was 15 mins away from work. Today, I just really wanted to eat there. I was supposed to go with a friend but she couldn't get out early while I had a 1pm meeting. So I went ahead and ate there alone and I regret nothing!!!

Service was not too long, nothing to complain about. Staff were friendly. I arrived right before lunch break so I didn't have to wait. I ordered Rosu 80g. The thing about Yabu is it's consistent in every branch I've been to (The Block, Megamall, UPTC).

A plus for the UPTC branch is the ambiance. Since it is "outdoors", lots of natural light fill the restaurant. I don't know, but makes the dining experience better.

Only complaint about this branch: the flies. :( But I'd definitely come back to Yabu. Yabu is Life.128514

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Roel L.
4.0 Stars

Good food good staff, overflowing miso soup, unli rice, unli salad with wasabi sauce or goma sauce, .unli fruits and good place to be.

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