A Hot, Fiery Lunch at Saboten Glorietta 5
|Saboten Tuna Katsu|
|(L-R): Fresh melon Yakult, mango and passion fruit, and strawberry Yakult smoothies|
|…and Japanese pickles|
|Saboten Glorietta 5 interiors|
In the end, we both ordered the Saboten Special Set which consists of one deep fried shrimp, one loin cutlet 65g, one tenderloin cutlet 30 g and one crab cream croquette, a perfect combination of the best of the best. This comes with miso soup, unlimited rice and side dishes like julienned cabbage and Japanese pickles. And to satisfy my cravings for tuna katsu, Mela ordered a tuna katsu a la carte for us to share.
|Saboten Special Set|
If you're confused and do not know which one to order, Saboten's loin and tenderloin cutlets are the best option. These are thick slices of pork that are succulent enough to make you crave for more. The crisp batter adds a nice texture.
The sauce, which is flown all the way from somewhere in Southeast Asia, gives each cutlet that signature sweet-tangy taste. While others prefer finely grounded sesame seeds on their sauce, I like mine with whole sesame seeds to add texture and bite. I like it with a scoop or two of Dijon mustard for added kick.
|Mixing the sauce|
The deep fried shrimp is just so heavenly -- think tempura with more meat than batter. I like this on my Dijon-overloaded tonkatsu sauce, too.
The crab cream croquette balanced all the tangy and spicy flavours on my plate. The croquette is oozing with rich and tasty cream and crab meat that's so soft you even split it in half using your chopsticks.
The side dishes were all veggies, so I let my friend and Mela indulge on it instead. While they are enjoying their cabbage and pickles, I enjoyed my miso soup, which is loaded with Japanese tofu and Wakame seaweeds.
For dessert, I was about to get a banana and blueberry parfait, one of the newest addition to Saboten Philippines' menu. While it is sure to whisk away the summer heat, I was too stuffed already so I had to pass on it. But just by looking at the photo on the menu I could see that the parfait will eventually become a hit.
So, is Saboten worth the walk despite the scorching heat of the sun? It is, definitely.
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