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.
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|
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|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|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