Katsu me.

Despite the stigma fried food brings, one cannot deny the gratifying feeling it brings to the palate and the belly. It’s even better when the dishes are served deep-fried to golden perfection. The Japanese, as always, have this one in the bag with one of their widely popular specialties, katsu.

Also read: Japanese Food Delivery in the Metro

We put together a list of Metro Manila’s most loved katsu restaurants, some of these even come with unlimited sides! How’s that for value for money? 

Where to Eat Katsu in Metro Manila

La Picara

La Picara is a restaurant that serves up Spanish food with a Filipino or Asian twist from their tapas to their desserts. Try out their Spanish take on the tonkatsu – the CACHOPO – a dish featuring breaded thin layers of beef tenderloin, jamon iberico, manchego cheese, and blue cheese sauce.

Cachopo or Spanish Tonkatsu from La Picara
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2/F One Bonifacio High Street, 28th St. cor 5th Ave, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig


Nikkei is Manila’s first-ever Japanese-Peruvian sushi bar and restaurant serving curated specialties like ceviche, sushi, causa, tiraditos, and Japanese craft spirits. It is refreshing and new to the palate, every plate seems to have a touch of Asian and Latin flair.  Try their Seabass Katsu Set!

Katsu Set from Nikkei
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Osaka Ohsho

Osaka Ohsho may be known for their gyoza but that doesn’t stop them from creating beautiful katsu dishes inside their kitchen! We recommend trying their Cheese Curry Katsu.

Curry Cheese Katsu with steam Japanese Koshihikari Rice and a fluffy egg omelette dome from Osaka Osho
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3/F Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong


Keizo serves up authentic and alternative Japanese dishes, as well as Japanese liquor like sake and sochu. When trying katsu we recommend the Keizo Katsuni which is their take on katsu and oyakodon.

Keizo Katsuni or Deep friend Pork with Homemade Sauce from Keizo
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Unit F 134, Forbes Town Center cor Burgos Circle, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig


The first and only okonomiyaki restaurant in the Philippines that lets you cook-your-own okonomiyaki. Dohtonbori also offers other Japanese favorites like Sukiyaki, Yakisoba and Yakiniku. They recently launched Teishoku Set Meals, available Monday to Friday from 10am to 3pm. Choose from Gyu-don, Ebi Tempura, Karaage, and Tonkatsu meals.

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Saboten’s refreshing take on their katsu is materialized in their signature Grated Radish Katsu set. Think tender tonkatsu with a generous grated radish topping and a spritz of succulent grapefruit.

Tonkatsu from Saboten
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G/F Serendra, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig


The restaurant that started it all. It’s safe to say that this is one of the first joints in Metro Manila that purely specializes in katsu. Try the rosu kurobuta katsu set, the curry katsu set, and the seafood katsu set.

Kazuya Katsu Curry from Yabu
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Katsu Sora

Katsu Sora differentiates itself from its competitors by offering a full salad/soup bar for its customers. Hooray for a buffet-style setup that even kids can enjoy! We recommend trying the Iberico pork tonkatsu set, chicken katsu set, and the mixed seafood set.

Chicken Katsu with Cheese and Ohba from Katsu Sora
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Crazy Katsu

Crazy Katsu is one of the go-to places in Maginhawa where budget-conscious students take refuge in the restaurant’s affordable katsu sets. They now have four branches spread across Metro Manila including BF, Taft, Marikina, and Maginhawa.

Bowl of Katsudon from Crazy Katsu
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Maisen is considered to be one of the best tonkatsu restaurants in Japan and it is now available in Manila. Co-owner Ben Chan’s Suyen Corporation is known for bringing good and affordable international food franchises in the country like St. Marc Cafe and Paul Boulangerie.

Katsu from Maisen Tonkatsu
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Coco Ichibanya

Special curry restaurants have now awakened several curry-loving fans in the country and one of them is Coco Ichibanya. Their thick and crispy tonkatsu is made even better with their savory curry sauces. Careful, their spicy curry is not for the faint of heart. 

Katsu Curry from CoCo Ichibanya PH
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Yayoi is a Japanese franchise dedicated to Teishoku set meals. We recommend the Katsu Toji Jyu, deep-fried pork loin simmered in-house special sauce and eggs, placed over rice and served with a bowl of miso soup. If you’re a chicken lover, try the Wafu Chicken Katsu Jyu. The golden fried chicken sits on a bed of nori flakes on top of Japanese rice.

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