Sunday, March 9, 2014

KIMUKATSU, Offers the Finest Hand-Crafted and Juicy 25-Layered Katsu!

Howdy Foodies! It’s been a while since my last restaurant food adventure. Hectic work schedule and meetings and trainings left and right keeps me insane. I’m not complaining though.

our table
Meanwhile, got an exciting news to share. A found a newly-opened Japanese restaurant located at the 5th level of Shangri-la Plaza East Wing, and last week, Thursday, I with the boyfie had a chance to try it out. Well, I already read raves about their specially crafted 25-layered Katsu, it is KIMUKATSU.

The Yin-Yang inspired menu. White for Girls, Black for Boys
Inside Menu
Kimukatsu is known for its famous pork cutlet in Japan, featured in different popular magazines and TV shows as well, thus, Kimukatsu is one of the hottest lifestyle restaurants to dine in. Well, thank you for bringing this in the Philippines, and for letting Filipinos try the real, authentic and one-of-a-kind Katsu. I’ll talk about it in a short while.

Shredded Cabbage Salad
Miso Soup
We started our dinner with appetizers! The Shredded Cabbage Salad served first, and oh it’s unlimited! Salad lovers will definitely like this the way I did. Topped with a special Japanese Sesame dressing in black or white, this salad is already a hint that awesome and sumptuous dinner could be yours. Next in line, the Miso Soup. They have two options – the white one which has light taste not the usual miso soup, ideal for kids, that other Japanese restaurant offers, I bet they’ll like it and the red one which I liked most because of its spicy kick. 

pickled radish
Ebi Mayo
Negi Tofu
We also had Ebi Mayo and Negi Tofu were simply the best! The soft cold tofu covered with spring onions and sesame oil boosted my appetite to eat more. So, goodbye #diet and #projectsexy for the meantime.

Aside from the individual flavoured Katsu, Kimukatsu also offers 7-Flavor Kimukatsu Assorted Set, which I will strongly recommend if you are visiting the restaurant for the first time. By that, you will taste all the flavours and choose your favourites. Mine was the Fuzu Pepper, it was a bit spicy but bearable and of course, the Cheese Katsu and I guess everyone’s favourite because they runs out labels for cheese. While the boyfie loved the Garlic, Black Pepper and… well almost everything. Ha-ha.

7-Flavors Katsu Platter - Plain, Cheese, Negi Shio,Yuzu Pepper,Ume Shiso, Garlic & Black Pepper
This platter is highly recommended for the group of four or five, perfect for the good times.

the different flavors of Katsu
The secret on their popularity is the combination of a crispy, texture-rich batter surrounding a juicy flavorful 25-layered select pork cutlet. They selected only the highest quality pork, which is sliced thin about 0.5mm or so and stacked into 25 layers. This layered cutlet is covered with fresh breadcrumbs and fried slowly in low temperature for 8 minutes. It is then set vertically for two minutes to steam, allowing the heat to spread evenly inside. This is all a part of our original recipe and process, which helps to bring forth the maximum taste. Mind you, they are the first Japanese restaurant in the Philippines to offer such kind of Katsu.

table setting
All the natural juices are kept inside between the layers and crispy batter – making Kimukatsu
light and fluffy, yet extremely juicy and flavourful. They take great care in making each one of their exquisite cutlet on which I found consistent on each and every flavour of Katsu that we had.

mortar and pestle to grind the pepper. Cute!
The Japanese rice was kept warm because it is served in a traditional Japanese steamer, something like that. And same with shredded cabbage salad, miso soup, Japanese rice is also unlimited.

Japanese Rice
And last but not the least, the desserts! The matcha was good while SoyaCotta was more interesting.

Matcha Ice Cream
Consistency is really the best policy when it comes to a restaurant, the way Kimukatsu does on every dishes that they’re serving, well for the Katsu it does works!

For the interior design of Kimukatsu, it is cosy and not the usual Japanese theme that I’ve seen so far. You will feel the vibe of authentic Japanese restaurant with a Japanese music playing in the background. They also has function rooms that can cater 20+ persons that is ideal for meetings or intimate gatherings or just for plain privacy.

function room
inside Kimukatsu restaurant
And before we ended our dinner, we had Tonkatsu Sandwich for to-go that comes with a cute take out packaging.

Kimukatsu is open during mall hours of Shangri-La Mall from Sundays to Thursdays, 10am -9pm and Fridays to Saturdays, 10am -10pm.

To sum it up, the dinner experience was superb, the foods we ate were scrumptious and above all, all ingredients and things that we used like mortar and pestle were imported from Japan. At Kimukatsu you can feel the vibe of Japan and you can taste and eat what Japanese usually eats. Can't wait to go back and bring my friends there. Have a blessed Sunday! Happy Eating!

Budget: 500+ per head
Level 5 Shangri-la Plaza East Wing
Shaw Boulevard corner EDSA Mandaluyong City
Telephone: (+632) 727-0333

Twitter: @kimukatsuph
Instagram: @kimukatsu_ph



Fernando Lachica said...

I loved Japanese food and this place looks promising. More varieties of awesome food especially the different flavors of katsu.

Ay Lin said...

Hi Fernando! Yes it is! Hope you can visit them anytime soon. Thanks for dropping by.

Justin Buenagua said...

wow.. it's definitely a complete Japanese experience with all those settings plus design.. first time to hear about the Negi Tofu.. looks so yummy! and I like the idea of the 7-flavor Kimukatsu since you can try everything.

Ay Lin said...

Hi Justin! Yeah, everything tasted sooo good, you should give it a try. Thanks for dropping by.

Franc Ramon said...

Looks like they put the details in their food which makes it even more special for the customers.

Ay Lin said...

Hi Franc! Yah, you're right. As a consumer, I'd rather go for the good food, well ambiance would help. (^_^)

Jenny Alano said...

This is a place I would really love to go to. I love Japanese food a lot.

Ay Lin said...

Hi Jenny! You have to. I bet, you will like and love the food as well as the place.

Leira Pagaspas said...

How is their food and price compared to Yabu?

MigsandAlaine Alejandrino said...

Everything looks yummy! I must try this resto soon. Thank you for sharing.

Ay Lin said...

Hi Leira! I haven't try Yabu yet, but for the price of Kimukatsu, the 7 flavors of Katsu is at P2400 which is good for 4-5 persons.

Franc Ramon said...

The Katsu is really very finely made so I'm sure it's gonna bring in a nice taste.

Michael Oyco said...

KATSUUUU!!! One of my favorite food nowadays. It just makes my tongue very satisfied. Good read!

Fernando Lachica said...

The flavors of Katsu makes this place an awesome one. More Japanese cuisine are being offered for the guests.

Rochkirstin Santos said...

Kimukatsu offers the best flavored katsu I've tried so far. I recommend it to everyone in the office. :)

controversialcomments said...

I love the katsu here. Seeing the pictures once again made me want to go back even more.

Archie | TheFoodTechie said...

Wow, a feast of katsu.
I would like to try the katsu platter.
I can wait to visit the resto.

Super Mommy Jem said...

Aside from Western American foods, I also like Japanese foods. I haven't tried here at Kimukatsu but will definitely visit with hubby. I like to taste the 7 flavor katsu platter.

Cococute Manaloto said...

First of all I really love the feel and look of any Oriental themed place and I wonder what does 25 layered KAtsu taste like,