Second day of October when my friend Ness and I went here for a quick yet late lunch. It was about past one o'clock in the afternoon and that was the very time that I am scheduled to a hair pampering session with Azta Urban Salon in Katipunan. We were both starving coming from a far flung place where we covered a different kind of event in the morning. Since we did not accomplish decent breakfast nor morning snack, we ended up in a place that we both discovered after alighting from the cab. I was like so jumpy at the sight of a very favorable cafe named KATSU. At first we were kinda hesitant for the restaurant is still crowded which approximately could carry less than twenty guests. We almost missed dining here since we have to queue while having short temper due to starvation. Remember and imagine the saying, a hungry man in an angry man? It was so thoughtful of the service crew to offer us seats that we cannot afford to sit because they some shoe marks, in short it is quite dirty. Fortunately, four customers left the cafe and that means our turn.
The entire place may seem small to most of its customers but it has a very comfy vibe that reminds me of home. Interior is primarily made out of wood and some metal elements. Honestly speaking I fancy the light fixture which is similar to the ones I see in my aunt's old house. Furthermore, the beverage display rack caught my attention too. I suddenly want to have one at home ^_^ It displays canned softdrinks, bottled juices and beers.
Since KATSU CAFE offers yummy Japanese cuisine, I bet it would be better to match my meal not with hot tea, but with a bottle of ice cold Sola Apple Green Tea.
A dumpling or potstickers that is originally from Chinese cuisine but also become rampant and famous across Japan. This is my friend's favorite to the point that she eat up four and a half pieces. Thus, I consumed only half of the gyoza. Imagine eating pork and veggies wrapped in gyoza wrappers then dipped in tasty soy sauce. That is truly worth ordering. I can see the happiness in her face even if we are a little cramming for we are also considering my salon schedule.
My very own Pork Tonkatsu Set PhP195 ^_^
This is under the Katsuretsu Sets that is made with meat cutlets (chicken or pork) battered with their special Japanese breading then deep fried to golden brown. Well paired with the guests version of Tonkatsu sauce and sesame seeds since these two are very much available. And good thing about this is that this set is complemented with hot miso soup which was very palatable and unlimited Japanese rice, my kind of rice.
Suribachi also known as Japanese ridged mortar and pestle will be served once Katsuretsu Sets are ready. We both ordered two different kinds of Tonkatsu, hers was chicken, mine was pork. Going back, it is but important to grind sesame seeds in a spice grinder (suribachi) but make sure too that the seeds provided are not yet rancid, otherwise you have to call the server's attention.
Everything was served warm, clean and complete and within the acceptable waiting time. As soon as our entire sets, dishes and drinks landed before us, we found ourselves gobbling up. It was soooooo great! The feeling was pleasurable. For sure I will revisit this cafe sooner. How I wish they'll establish one here in San Juan City.
If you frequent Katipunan, then you probably have noticed this Katsu Cafe. I am not that sure that the day we had our lunch together was the soft opening, but sure it is brand new hub that foodies out there should be trying. I cannot complain on the food, cleanliness and service but the only downside I would like to air out is the very limited dining space. The management might want to expand in the near future to accommodate more guests who would like to satisfy their Japanese cravings as well. Katsu Cafe is open daily from 11AM to 10PM. Credit and Debit cards not yet accepted so have your cash ready.
329i Katipunan Ave., cor B. Gonzales
Loyola Heights, Quezon City 1108