Joining the Tonkatsu bandwagon in Manila is Kimukatsu (キムカツ). The most famous pork cutlet restaurant in Japan with multiple locations in Tokyo, Osaka, Yokohama, Sendai, Korea, Hawaii and California, U.S.A, is now in the Philippines!
Since it is my first time to eat at Kimukatsu, I asked for assistance from one of the owners. He is very helpful in describing the menu and the types of katsu (short for katsuretsu, meaning cutlet) that they offer. All of them are very friendly so don’t hesitate to ask for assistance if you’re not familiar with the condiments and dishes that they offer.
I love the restaurant’s unique bamboo rice container. Its rice is special, not your normal cheap everyday rice. The rice is freshly cooked. It comes unlimited when you order the set meal.
Unlike other Tonkatsu (pork cutlet) restaurant, Kimukatsu offers not one but two types of miso soup:
Kimukatsu offers two Katsu sauces:
- Tonkatsu sauce (the strong) which is in the black sauce pot; and
- Ponzu sauce (the mild) is in the white sauce pot.
I decided to experiment by mixing both sauces to my tonkatsu. The first sauce on the right is the preferred sauce of Filipino customers because it is sweeter, while the one in the middle is vinegar with grounded black sesame.
Tonkatsu or pork cutlet
Kimukatsu’s tonkatsu filings come in 7 flavors:
- Kurokosho (black pepper)
- Negi shio (salt marinated green onion)
- Umeshiso (sour plum with Japanese basil)
- Yuzu kosho (Yuzu with pepper)
- plain tonkatsu
Kimukatsu’s tonkatsu is not oily unlike other tonkatsu. It is very crispy on the outside and tender juicy in the inside. We are very lucky here in the Philippines because Kimukatsu’s tonkatsu costs an arm and leg in Japan while it only costs Php380 per order here in the Philippines, with unlimited Japanese rice, freshly sliced cabbage, complimentary appetizers of Tsukemono (pickled vegetables), mayonnaise, sauce and even unlimited hot tea. I can say that this is a perfect deal. You could even order by the set if you have a companion with you. A family of seven or eight could order the 7 flavors for only Php2,400 Vat inclusive just add 10% service charge though.
Japanese Panna Cotta Php110. Served cold. This creamy goodness is the Japanese version of Panna Cotta ( which by the way literally means cooked cream in Italian ) It is a rich-tasting, absolutely divine dessert. This luscious soft Japanese panna cotta is a perfect accompaniment to your Tonkatsu meal at Kimukatsu.
Macha Parfait Two scoops of green tea ice cream with one tablespoon red bean paste, 2 pcs. of mochi. Green tea has a very refreshing green grass aroma. It helps cut the smell of fish and grease in our dinner. The green tea used in Green Tea Ice Cream is called Matcha in Japanese. Matcha is in powdered form, and so it has a much more concentrated flavor than green tea leaves. It is forbidden to be mixed with green tea made with regular tea bag. Matcha is also a drink that is used in the tea ceremony in Japan, but you don’t drink it as much as brewed green tea.
The service is good. The staff is friendly and accommodating. I just don’t like it though when they shouted “Irasshaimase” in chorus at the top of their voices on my ear when I passed by. They actually remind me of Cyma’s enthusiastic chorus of “Opa.” Lol.
Kimukatsu Japanese Restaurant
EDSA, Mandaluyong City
Open from 10:00am to 10:00pm