WANDERLUST| Reinvention of the ‘katsu’

VEERING away from the typical look of a regular Japanese restaurant, Katsu Country stands out with its sleek, millennial take – inspired by the trendy lifestyle of bustling Shibuya district in Japan.

KATSU Meatball Spaghetti

KATSU Meatball Spaghetti

“We intentionally want to make the place easy-breezy and fun for our diners who want to enjoy tasty tonkatsu dishes,” said Architect EJ Pasia, one of the owners of the restaurant located along E. Jacinto Extension.

KATSU'S Matcha Cheesecake

KATSU’S Matcha Cheesecake

According to Pasia, who initially conceptualized the restaurant’s minimalist layout, Katsu Country is a Japanese-inspired café that serves various modern takes of tonkatsu. Traditionally, tonkatsu is a Japanese breaded, deep-fried pork cutlet dish.

“Today, there are many interpretations of tokatsu. That’s why we came up with food that is inspired by the tonkatsu preparation, and we reinterpreted them in different ways,” he added.

MENCHI Katsu Burger

MENCHI Katsu Burger

Katsu itself is actually not Japanese in origin but was inspired by the European schnitzel. That is also why one would find burgers and pasta, but with a katsu twist, in their menu.

Katsu Country’s menu is broken down into Katsu sets, pasta and specials for their diners’ easy selection.

“Katsu sets, which is our bestseller, one can have a choice of pork tenderloin, chicken, shrimp, fish and beef menchi, all served with rice, soup, and kani salad,” he said.

ARCHITECT and blogger Jose Lim tries the Choco Malt Milkshake

ARCHITECT and blogger Jose Lim tries the Choco Malt Milkshake

Meanwhile, their Pasta sets, originally meant for the “merienda” crowd, consist of Nori Carbonara, Chicken Teriyaki Pasta and Katsu Meatball Spaghetti. It is their celebrated Specials sets where one can sample their flavorsome reinterpretation of the Katsu, such as their scrumptious Mechi Katsu Burger, Katsu Curry Pork and Katsu Curry Chicken.

ARCHITECT, furniture designer & restaurateur EJ Pasia samples the Katsu Rice topping

ARCHITECT, furniture designer & restaurateur EJ Pasia samples the Katsu Rice topping

Katsu Country also serves Ramen, their version of slow-cooked overnight Shoyu based noodle broth with Nitamago eggs served with a katsu, for diners who still crave for the familiar.

“We opened Katsu Country so that Dabawenyos will have easy an access on quality food. We also want them to have a feeling of being transported to Japan in every bite of the dishes that we prepared for them,” he enthused.

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