What to expect: What separates Saboten from all the other countless katsu places in the Metro? For one thing, it's legit Japanese. “The food is authentic,” according to Michele Magtoto, Marketing Associate for Raintree Restaurants. “The owners come from Japan twice a month just to check up on things.” That means the operations of Saboten restaurants, which first arrived on our shores back in 2013, must be up to the exact standards established in its home country. Simply, that means you're going to get the best katsu for your money when you walk into a Saboten.
Recommended: You can't go wrong with the original, Saboten signature tenderloin tonkatsu (P390 for small, P410 for medium, and P440 for large). Another thing to try is the Grated Radish Katsu (starts at P375), a variation on the dish that sees a heap of grated radish (that, along with the grapefruit, turns it into a “refreshing delight,” according to them) served on top of the katsu. One more variation to check out is the Clay Pot (starts at P395), which is basically katsu wonderfully cooked in a layer of egg and special sauce.