Thursday, September 3, 2015

REVISIT: THE TONKATSU EXPERIENCE AT SABOTEN, MAKATI CITY

REVISIT:  THE TONKATSU EXPERIENCE AT SABOTEN, MAKATI CITY

Saboten is the largest tonkatsu chain in Japan which now has flourished in over 500 shops overseas, specifically in Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Hongkong, Canada, China and now, the Philippines.  A year ago when I was in Tokyo, the curry loin set of Saboten has been a comfort food for me not to mention cheap due to budget constraints.  The food courts of varied malls in Tokyo, Japan houses one or two Saboten stalls.

Meanwhile in Metro Manila, Raintree Restaurants have brought the tonkatsu experience to the Filipinos thru the opening of two restaurants – one in BGC, Taguig and the other in Makati City.  Before I went to Japan, I had dinner at the latter branch and now I am back again a year after with my travel buddies.

Saboten in Japan and in the Philippines definitely vary in interior design, but it does not make our version less authentic.  The small stalls who do not invest much on interiors of the restaurant are usually those who serves the best dish in Tokyo apart from the highly commercialized ones.  Having said that, while housed in a commercial space of a Japanese-inspired interior with wooden columns and walls, the authentic tonkatsu experience is a sure shot when dining at Saboten Philippines.

Japanese people are alcohol lovers and I can truly attest to that.  As an appetizer, the Chicken Salad with Bang Bang Ji Dressing (PhP250.00) is highly recommended as it complements with tonkatsu and alcohol.  The Agedashi Tofu (PhP175.00) is likewise a good addition to the must-try appetizers.

REVISIT:  THE TONKATSU EXPERIENCE AT SABOTEN, MAKATI CITY
CHICKEN SALAD WITH BANG BANG JI DRESSING
REVISIT:  THE TONKATSU EXPERIENCE AT SABOTEN, MAKATI CITY
AGEDASHI TOFU
Edamame (PhP99.00) is quite a surprise for me as well since I don’t usually eat vegetables and the likes of beans.  The first time I tasted edamame was in a yakiniku shop at Tokyo and I loved how the same tasted like peanuts.  In Japan, so as with our dining experience here, the beans are blanched with salt water and not served with salt.  It is a good appetizer and blends well with beer intake.

For rice meals, everything is delectable I should say, yet I am biased for saying that though I am not used to spicy (whatever the level) foods, the Curry Loin Set (PhP395.00) appears to be my favorite dish due to acquired taste I suppose.

REVISIT:  THE TONKATSU EXPERIENCE AT SABOTEN, MAKATI CITY
CURRY LOIN SET
Tonkatsus come on varied versions.  The group shared and feasted on: the Claypot chicken set (PhP395.00); Miso Katsu Tenderloin Set (PhP425.00) (a Saboten original taste from Nagoya; Tonkatsu The Original, with a choice of either the Tenderloin (PhP425.00 (L); PhP395.00 (M) and PhP375.00(S)or the Loin Set (PhP395.00 (L); and PhP375.00 (M); The Oyster Set (PhP750.00); Sweet and Sour Chicken Nanban Set (PhP475.00); Ginger Pork Shogayaki with Sweet Radish Steak Set (PhP495.00) and the Shrimp Fry Set (PhP450.00).

REVISIT:  THE TONKATSU EXPERIENCE AT SABOTEN, MAKATI CITY
CLAYPOT CHICKEN SET
REVISIT:  THE TONKATSU EXPERIENCE AT SABOTEN, MAKATI CITY
MISO KATSU TENDERLOIN SET
REVISIT:  THE TONKATSU EXPERIENCE AT SABOTEN, MAKATI CITY
SHRIMP FRY SET
REVISIT:  THE TONKATSU EXPERIENCE AT SABOTEN, MAKATI CITY
SWEET AND SOUR CHICKEN NANBAN SET
REVISIT:  THE TONKATSU EXPERIENCE AT SABOTEN, MAKATI CITY
GINGER PORK SHOGAYAKI WITH SWEET RADISH STEAK SET
The restaurant is not only about tonkatsu, as it offers the best tasting desserts and parfaits.  I particularly recommend the Chocolate Hazelnut Cream Cake (PhP195.00).  But equally good for the sweet tooth is the Sesame Sansrival Cake (PhP210.00) of their version.

REVISIT:  THE TONKATSU EXPERIENCE AT SABOTEN, MAKATI CITY
SESAME SANSRIVAL CAKE
REVISIT:  THE TONKATSU EXPERIENCE AT SABOTEN, MAKATI CITY
CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT CREAM CAKE
REVISIT:  THE TONKATSU EXPERIENCE AT SABOTEN, MAKATI CITY
STRAWBERRY PARFAIT (PhP195.00)
 It was getting late when we finished our dinner and the store was about to close.  More than the tonkatsu experience, dining at Saboten was fun in the company of good friends.

And I will surely be back more often.


SABOTEN
JAPANESE CUTLET
Glorietta 5, Ayala Center,
Makati City
+632 625-0909
  

Saboten is part of the innovative concepts of Raintree Restaurants.

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