November 11, 2014

Saboten Philippines- Authentic Japanese Cutlet in Glorietta 5

Saboten Philippines is brought to us by Raintree Restaurants, the group responsible for Mr. Jones, Momo Cafe, Museum Cafe, Chelsea Market Cafe, Kabila, Stella, Rocket Room and Terraz. While I enjoy satisfying my katsu cravings from my favorite katsu place, it was only recently that I got my katsu fix from Saboten at their newer branch in Glorietta 5.

It was a katsu party featuring Saboten's specialty katsu sets.


Four Season and Yakult (P175) and Watermelon Wasabi Smoothie (P175) are just two of the interesting drinks at Saboten. I would have chosen the refreshing watermelon smoothie, if not for the touch of wasabi.

I appreciate the unlimited pickled radish and cucumber in addition to the usual shredded cabbage.

Katsu Sets

Grated Radish Tenderloin Set (P440)

Saboten's original tenderloin topped with generous servings of grated radish and spring onions. A slice of grapefruit is supposed to be squeezed on top followed by a citrus-y and sweet ponzu sauce, but we got lemons instead. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the leaner and meatier pork cutlet, that's still juicy and tender.

The Mille-Feuille Combo Set (P595) consists of a 130g Mille-Feuille katsu1 deep-fried shrimp, and 1 crab cream croquette. This set is ideal for people who wants a little bit of everything on their order.

One of Saboten's newer offerings, the Mille-Feuille Katsu highlights thinly-sliced layers of pork with just the right amount of fat in between layers.

I've had my first mille feuille katsu from Kimukatsu before, and I must say that Saboten's version definitely did not disappoint. Although it does not come in a variety of flavors, the katsu was already juicy, tasty and flavorful on its own.

Claypot Tenderloin Set (P440)

Saboten's version of the classic katsudon is presented in a claypot with rice served on the side. Now this is my kind of katsudon.. lean and meaty katsu with thick and fluffy egg cooked in a special sweet sauce. One order of this is already enough to satisfy my katsu cravings.

Curry Chicken Set (P375)

Probably my least favorite during our visit, the Curry Chicken Set was nothing but ordinary. Maybe due to its simple presentation that missed to please our eyes, or mainly because I prefer pork rather than chicken for my katsu fix.


Being a lover of sweets, cakes most especially, we tried all of Saboten's mouthwatering cakes. My personal favorite is their newest Sesame Sansrival Cake (P210)- multiple layers of crunchy and chewy meringue and nuts, with rich and sweet sesame buttercream in between.

The Strawberry Shortcake (P195) on the other hand was my least favorite as it was too light and short of strawberry fillings. I would have not able to taste any hint of strawberry if not for the preserve sauce drizzled around it.

Matcha Lychee Almond Cake (P210)

How can I not try this cake with all my favorite things on it- matcha, lychee and almonds. It was pretty good, however, the elements tasted too subtle for me. The only distinct ingredient I could taste was the white chocolate ganache sprinkled with some matcha powder on top. 

I may not be much into chocolate cakes, but this rich and creamy Chocolate Hazelnut Cream Cake (P195) gets my vote. It somehow reminds me of a Mars/Milky Way chocolate bar without the caramel filling. Every bite was certainly a guilty indulgence!

Saboten Menu: 

It's Beryllicious Top Picks:
Mille-Feuille Katsu
Claypot Tenderloin Set
Sesame Sansrival Cake 

Saboten Philippines
G/F Glorietta 5, Office Dr., Ayala Center, Makati City
Tel Num: 625-0909


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