It’s Katsu Warfare on Today’s Pepper Eats

November 13, 2018

Pepper Eats is our weekly photo-journal featuring food we stuffed our faces with.

100g Hire Tonkatsu Set from Yabu (PHP 330)


Addi says: “Worth the extra P15 as compared to having just the 90g Rosu Set, though there wasn’t much difference with the flavor and texture. Yabu delivers, as usual.”

Diner’s rating: 8/10

Maison du Japon from Umami Hambaagu House (PHP 340)


Adee says: “The first time I ate here, I was a little disappointed. That has since changed. Maybe I just got a bad batch, because this meal is like a small party in my mouth.”

Diner’s rating: 8.5/10

Nori Cheese Sticks from Pino Resto Bar (PHP 165)

Giselle says: “The taste is surprisingly complex, but it’s not an appetizer you’ll want to eat much of.”
Diner’s rating: 7/10

Hong Kong Style Salted Aroma Chicken from Lugang Cafe (PHP 490)

Kat says: “If Hainanese Chicken bores you, then this might be something for you. The chicken is more flavorful and the sweet, crispy fried shallots goes really well with the savory meat.”
Diner’s rating: 8.5/10

Donut Croissant from Dunkin’ Donuts (PHP 75 each)


Lars says: “The Apple Cinnamon sucked pastry balls, but I actually liked the Choco Almond. Still, for a hundred fifty bucks, I wish I had bought 4 or 5 chocobutternut donuts instead.”

Diner’s rating: 2.5/10 for the Apple Cinnamon, 7.5/10 for the Choco Almond, so that’s a solid 5/10 for the pair.

Grated Radish Katsu from Saboten (PHP 395)


Mikka says: “Before I was informed, I thought the grapefruit slice was meant for dessert. Hehehe. Apparently, you squeeze it after pouring Ponzu sauce all over the cutlet. It was good, but I ended up mixing it with the original Katsu sauce with sesame seeds. IMHO, I’d give it points for the grated radish. But in terms of the cutlet’s taste, I found it to be identical to Yabu’s.”

Diner’s rating: 8.5/10

Tamal Colado (Strained Tamales) with Snail, Octopus, Chorizo Mexicano y Cilantro by Chef Bruce Ricketts from Manly Eats (PHP 220)

Mye's Tamales

Mye says: “If I could eat this everyday, I would! Octopus + Escargot + chorizo + mexican flavors + polenta = An atomic bomb of rainbows in my mouth!”

Diner’s rating: 20/10

Miso Ramen from Tamagoya Noodle House (PHP 158)


Nico says: “It was good, but I found myself having to add a lot of chili oil for me to really like it.”

Diner’s rating: 7/10

Shabu-Shabu Spaghetti from Yomenya Goemon (PHP 295)


Serna says: “The noodles were perfectly al dente and the dish had a sweetish sesame flavor, with the sprinkling of shichimipowder giving it a nice kick. The pork slices were also very tender, and the mushrooms were nice and springy.”

Diner’s rating: 9/10

Who do you think is the better Katsu lord? Yabu or Saboten? Sound off below!


Mikka Wee Mikka Wee

Mikka Wee is former editor of and was part of the team until she got whisked away to Singapore in 2016 where she worked in advertising and eventually found herself back in the food industry. She currently does marketing work for two popular Singaporean dessert brands and is a weekly columnist for The Philippine Daily Inquirer’s lifestyle brand, She has always been crazy about travel, food, and her dog Rocket.

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8 responses to “It’s Katsu Warfare on Today’s Pepper Eats”

  1. Addi dela Cruz says:

    Serna, I wanna try thaaaat.

  2. Raxenne Dosher Maniquiz says:

    Omg Mye! Gusto ko yung kinain mooo!!! 20/10!!!

  3. tom says:

    why are katsudon so expensive? >300 pesos per meal. same price as steak in some resto. i rather eats steak

    • Duh says:

      Not to sound elitist, but a 300 peso steak is at the same level of a 100 peso katsudon. There’s a reason they’re more expensive, and you need to taste them to see why.

  4. Guest says:

    WOW!.I have to try Miso Ramen. Looks delicious and its affordable.

  5. kiezia says:

    WOW!,I have to try Miso Ramen. Looks delicious and its affordable.

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