CHECK IT OUT: Katsu at the Fort Entertainment Center
This new Japanese joint is yakitori heaven.
Yakitori, sushi, donburi. What else is inside this Japanese kitchen? Click for more.
Japanese fare is all about subtle flavors, and anyone who has ever fallen in love with sushi, sashimi, chicken teriyaki, and other traditional Japanese fare can attest to the cuisine’s distinct charm. This clean, unique taste is what two-month-old Katsu aims to capture in their line up of authentic Japanese eats with a sizable number of yakitori and sushi specialties.
Located in Fort Bonifacio Global City’s corporate district, this new Japanese joint is yakitori heaven-sample platters come in a variety of flavors like Chicken, Seafood, and a special Bestseller plate that includes a smorgasbord of grilled meats and veggies like Negima (thigh and leeks), teba (wings), reba (liver), uzura (quail eggs), ebi (shrimps), butabara (pork belly), yakiniku (thinly sliced angus beef), aspara bacon maki (asparagus wrapped in bacon), toumorokoshi (Japanese sweet corn), yaki niniku (grilled garlic), and shitake no nikuzume (shitake mushrooms stuffed with chicken meat).
To sate your sushi and maki cravings, try the Dynamite Roll (P245), a tender and tasty choice of salmon skin, scallions, and cream cheese, topped with spicy salmon; or the Norwegian Roll (P285), which is a simple California roll with salmon sashimi. Must-try entrees include a thicker-than-average Angus Teriyaki (P395), which is served steak-style using a generous slice of US ribeye. There’s also the Tofu and Angus Beef (P295) that shows off a nice contrast of textures from the thinly sliced meat and fluffy tofu. In the mood for a quick night cap but don’t want to pile on the pounds? Try Katsu’s diet-friendly pulutan alternative, a bowl of steamed, slightly salted Edamame (P85) that’s just as addicting as peanuts and is way healthier than sisig.
Something to look forward to: Once the rainy season is over, Katsu chef Benny Liboro plans to install a small grill in Katsu's open deck area, making it easier for on-the-go diners to get their Japanese fix.
Photos by Jason Mariposa