Have you noticed that Japanese restaurants and Japanese-inspired dishes are the trend these days? Aside from ramen, restaurants specializing in Katsu are beginning to thrive in the restaurant scene. One of the new players is King Katsu, I had the pleasure to be in a food tasting event at their SM Sky Garden branch. Trivia: King Katsu owners is not new to the restaurant business, they own Big Better Burgers too.
The place is well-lit, well thanks to lots of sunlight in the Sky Garden, and offers a very casual dining experience. A menu is placed on the tables as well as on one side of the wall.
For starters, we had miso soup, Php 28.
I like this because it has lots of miso, tofu and wakame in the broth. All the while, I thought the green stuff in the miso soup is nori, but I was told that it’s wakame, a type of seaweed.
While you wait for your katsu dishes to arrive, you can prep the sesame seeds.
For the tonkatsu dishes, they have pork, chicken and fish. We were served both Pork and Chicken Tonkatsu.
I prefer the Pork Tonkatsu more than the Chicken Tonkatsu. The regular cut of the pork is more than enough for one person. The tonkatsu sauce is sweet and a nice addition to the crunch you’ll get from the tonkatsu. Mix the creamy sesame seed dressing to the angel hair cabbage and you’ll have an instant salad. A great way to clean your palate.
Katsudon is a dish with katsu, shiitake mushrooms and egg simmered in soy-wine sauce. I like how the shiitake mushrooms add an interesting flavor to the dish. The sauce is on a sweet side, so order this if you like saucy sweet dishes.
A katsu-inspired restaurant’s menu is not complete without the curry offerings. The curry sauce is rich and flavorful, but lacks the kick I get from the spiciness of the curry. I believe King Katsu tried to adjust their flavors to the Filipino’s taste. But for the curry sauce, I hope they can up the spiciness level or give options for spiciness levels like mild, regular and extra hot. If I were to classify their curry sauce, it’s mild or milder than mild :p. But this is because I’m used to eating spicy food.
King Katsu offers unlimited rice for all their rice meals. Very affordable, right?
Here’s some good news if you want to try King Katsu, they have a deal at beeconomic.com.ph. It’s only Php 180 for Php 300-worth of food from King Katsu.
SM Sky Garden
near Padi’s Point