I’m sorry I’ve been gone for so long. I left for a week-long trip to Shanghai at the start of the month and then returned to find out that our internet connection at home was nonexistent. 🙁 I’m posting this from another location just so that I could get some work done on the blog. The connection at home still isn’t fixed as of this morning despite numerous phone calls to Globe’s hotline. We’re honestly starting to consider another ISP. :-/
Anyway, enough of the rant and on to my (late) food post!
I was invited by the group behind Yabu to join them in a Private Tasting event held at their newest branch at the Powerplant Mall a few months ago. I joined a group of other bloggers as we enjoyed several appetizers made especially for the occasion, along with their well-known katsu.
The newest branch also happens to be the smallest one they have so far. This means that they’re only able to whip out a certain selection of dishes (mostly their bestsellers) due to a smaller kitchen.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony was done by the Yabu management. The event was graced by a couple of local celebrities and their families, while the music for the evening was provided by DJ Mulan.
We were able to enjoy little morsels of items you won’t find in Yabu’s menu while we waited for the rest of the guests to arrive. (From top left, clockwise) Katsu Spring Rolls, Stuffed Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese, Tamagoyaki and Tuna Tataki. All four were delicious!
However, my favorite out of all the appetizers was definitely the Menchi Tamago! It’s (half of a) hard-boiled egg encased in cheese and panko bread crumbs, served with spring onions. Yum~
Aside from the food, we were also introduced to Yabu’s range of cocktails. These are served in selected Yabu branches, with Glorietta 5 being one of them, if I’m not mistaken. These drinks were all created with the help of Mr. Erwan Heussaff.
I got the Jasmine Blossom for myself since the mix of wasabi, ginger, lime juice and jasmine tea got the best of my curiosity. It was also one of the few times I drank something made with shochu, a distilled Japanese beverage.
The cocktail was predominantly sweet, probably because of the Orgeat syrup added in, with just a hint of alcohol towards the end. I’m honestly not much of a drinker so I really appreciated the fact that this wasn’t too overpowering. 🙂
We were also given the chance to choose a main dish we’d like to enjoy as the evening went on. I’ve always gone with the hire katsu when I’m dining at Yabu with the family, so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to try something else. My choice for that night was their Tori Menchi Katsu set.
I was smitten by the cheesy menchi tamago, so their tori menchi katsu was obviously also good in my book. It was super soft though, and easily fell apart when picked up by chopsticks. Similar to their other sets, this was served with unlimited miso soup, shredded cabbage salad, fruits, pickled radish, hot/cold tea and brown rice (as I’ve requested).
It was a fun experience, made extra memorable since it was my first private tasting event since this blog went public. I enjoyed the company of everyone I was with that evening as we stuffed ourselves silly with food while swapping stories with each other. 🙂
*Thank you so much to Ms. Erika Lim and everyone behind Yabu for inviting Have at You!
**This branch is located at the Lower Ground Floor of the Powerplant Mall in Makati City. Yabu also has branches at the following locations: Robinson’s Magnolia, SM Megamall, SM The Block, Glorietta 5, SM Mall of Asia, SM Southmall, Alabang Town Center Mall, SM Aura Premier.