Saboten joins the Katsu Craze in Manila

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Specialty Course Hana (Flower), PhP 525

It was a Friday night when we decided to go to Bonifacio High Street. We really did not have any plans that night and we were thinking where to eat. So we walked from the 7th Street in Bonifacio High Street until we reached Serendra. Then, we found Saboten. We tried to check out their menu and even though we’re 7th on the list, we patiently waited. 🙂

I ordered the Specialty Course Hana (Flower), while Sharlyne got the Specialty Course Tsuki (Moon). These specialty courses are set menus that are good for one person. Each specialty course comes with a free appetizer (You can choose two) and a free dessert.

The Specialty Course Hana consists of 50g of tenderloin cutlet and 65g of loin cutlet. Aside from that you can also choose two appetizers. You may choose from the following appetizers: Chicken Salad with Bang Bang Ji Dressing, Raddish Salad with Plum Dressing, and Chicken with Onion Raddish and and Seasoning. For my appetizer, I chose: Chicken Salad with Bang Bang Ji Dressing and the Chicken with Onion Raddish and Seasoning. For the dessert, you may choose between Vanilla or Green Tea Ice Cream. Both of us chose the green tea ice cream of course. Aside from the appetizer and dessert. The set is also inclusive of rice and miso soup (both unlimited) and as well as cabbage and pickles.

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Specialty Course Tsuki (Moon), PhP 575

The Specialty Course Tsuki consists of one deep fried shrimp, one crab cream croquette and one rolled cutlet. For the rolled cutlet, you may choose between asparagus, cheese or plum. Sharlyne chose the asparagus rolled cutlet. Like the Specialty Course Hana, this is also served with rice, miso soup, cabbage and pickles and comes with two appetizers of your choice and one dessert. For Sharlyne’s appetizer, she got the Chicken Salad with Bang Bang Ji Dressing, and the Raddish Salad with Plum Dressing.

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L-R: Chicken Salad with Bang Bang Ji Dressing, and Chicken with Onion Raddish and and Seasoning

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L-R: Raddish Salad with Plum Dressing, and Chicken Salad with Bang Bang Ji Dressing

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Pouring the sesame dressing onto the cabbage

The experience is quite similar to Yabu because we also put sesame dressing on the cabbage before eating it. And it’s unlimited like in Yabu. In addition, we also get to grind sesame seeds the way we do it in Yabu.

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Grinding the sesame seeds

As for their appetizers, I love their Chicken Salad with Bang Bang Ji Dressing. I have tried the other two options for the appetizer but I didn’t like it. I guess maybe because I think that the Chicken with Onion Raddish and and Seasoning is a bit too salty for my taste. I highly recommend for you to try their Chicken Salad with Bang Bang Ji Dressing for your appetizer. I should have asked two of the Chicken Salad instead of choosing a different one. 😀

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Dipping the katsu into the sauce

The experience might be similar but I love how their katsu tastes. I think I have to get back to Yabu and eat their Kurobuta (which Saboten does not have).

Sharlyne also enjoyed the Specialty Course Tsuki.She enjoyed the rolled cutlet and the shrimp. The crab cream croquette was a bit challenging to eat because Sharlyne only used chopsticks to eat it. Even though she enjoyed eating it, she still likes the seafood katsu set of Yabu over than Saboten because of what’s included in the dish.

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Green Tea Ice Cream with soybean sprinkles

We enjoyed the Green Tea Ice cream as well. I just wish there were more options for dessert for the particular set meal aside from the vanilla and the green tea ice cream.

Saboten
G/F Serendra, Bonifacio Global City (near Mamou and Conti’s)
Telephone: (+632) 625-2000
http://www.saboten.ph

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