January 15, 2014
KATSU SORA is the premium Katsu restaurant of the Hokkaido Ramen Santouka Group, offering 4 kinds of premium pork tonkatsu -- Spanish Iberico, Japanese Kurobuta, Spanish Shimofuri, and Canadian Sakura Pork.
Also, what makes the Katsu Sora experience unique is the introduction of the Buffet Bar of Salad, Japanese Rice, and Japanese Miso Soup.
"Sora" means "sky", and the name stands for their promise to bring you to Katsu heaven. :)
The concept is similar to Tokyo's Butagami, where they offer the widest variety of premium pork for your Tonkatsu pleaure.
Here's our Katsu Sora experience...
Go for the Tonkatsu Set. The Spanish Iberico Tonkatsu set is unique to Katsu Sora.
✮ Buffet Bar (P250 Ala Carte). Romaine lettuce, Lolorosa lettuce, Iceberg lettuce, Cherry Tomatoes, Corn, Broccoli, Cucumbers, White Onions, Cabbage, Potato Salad, Fresh Fruits in Season.
It's best to order the sets because they come with unlimited refills of salad, soup, and rice from the buffet bar.
The boys like the slices of oranges and watermelon. I personally like the potato salad for starters.
It's nice to get a variety of options to customize your eat-all-you-can salad experience.
✮ IBERICO PORK. Imagine meat so highly marbled, juicy and sweet that it melts in your mouth. It may sound like the stuff of dreams, but this pork is for real. Iberico Pork, also known as Pata Negra, is the world's most highly sought after premium pork. It is a free-range breed from Southwestern Spain, and can be identified with is distinctive rich, savory and sweet flavor. This is the height of the premium pork experience.
I like the Iberico Tonkatsu because its the tastiest among all the premium pork, with tender meat but still having a good bite.
Make sure to order either the Iberico or the Kurobuta set, which comes with the healthy 15-grain Japanese rice.
✮ Juugukokumai Rice (served one time with Iberico and Kurobuta Tonkatsu set). A premium 15-grain rice with a subtle flavor. This mixture has the health benefits of brown rice, but with a softer texture and a better taste. The white rice ensures that the blend retains its moisture, while other grains such as corn, barley, millet, sesame seed, and black bean jazzes up the texture and flavor. This 15-grain rice is hearty, nutritious rich in fiber, and above all - delicious.
As part of the buffet bar, they offer 2 other kinds of rice -- the plain rice and the 5-grain Japanese rice. It's self-service and you get it directly from the rice cooker.
Make sure to sprinkle it with 3 different types of Furikake, which help enhance the flavor and adds a different texture to the rice.
The kinds of miso soup available rotate throughout the week among their seven types: Awase Miso, Shin-Su Shiro Miso, Inaka Miso, Iriko Dashi, Kaijiro Miso, Gen-en Miso, Shiokoji.
✮ Kurobuta Pork Tonkatsu Set (P550 - 120g). Kurobuta Pork Tonkatsu, Jujugokokumai Rice, Salad, Soup, Hot Tea. A tonkatsu made with the most prized heritage meat from Japan. Kurobota is finely marbled, moist and flavorful with a delicate meat texture. A solid choice for every pork connoisseur.
The kurobuta pork has more fat marbling and more tender than the other pork tonkatsus.
One good thing about the meat in Katsu Sora is they don't use brine or other chemicals to treat the meat to make it tender or enhance its flavor. So you can really taste the actual flavor of the pork.
One downside is it's not adviseable for take out.
Shimofuri Pork Tonkatsu Set (P450 - 120g). Shimofuri Pork Tonkatsu, Jujugokokumai Rice, Salad, Soup, Hot Tea. This is your gateway to the delights of marbled tonkatsu. Shimofuri is more marbled, delicious and moist compared to your usual pork. Its intramuscular marbling mean that every inch is saturated with flavor.
I'm not familiar with this type of pork. They say it's healthier because it has less fat.
Sakura Pork Tonkatsu Set (P345 -120g). Sakura Pork Tonkatsu, Jujugokokumai Rice, Salad, Soup, Hot Tea. A tasty tonkatsu made from Canadian pork, which is premium meat that has passed one of the highest food standards in the world. The perfect choice for health-conscious pork lovers that want pork on the lean side, but still flavorful with a little bit of marbling.
The Sakura pork is leaner and relatively harder when you take a bite vs. the other premium pork.
This is the basic tonkatsu pork they use in Katsu Sora. They don't use any local pork.
For us, we unanimously voted for the Spanish Iberico Tonkatsu as the best because of its malinamnam flavor.
For a different experience, you can also order the Miso set, which is Tonkatsu topped with a sweet miso sauce. You can still choose the type of pork in all the Miso set meals.
I personally like their Katsudon version, which is served with a candle underneath to ensure that it's hot when you eat it.
That's the only problem with their tonkatsu...it's best eaten when its hot, so make sure to eat immediately upon serving.
The best pairing for the tonkatsu is this bubbly sparkling sake, which is sweet and refreshing, and the alcohol is not too strong.
HOKKAIDO RAMEN SANTOUKA
Unfortunately, they don't allow cross orders between the restos as they each operate separate kitchens.
You can eat at the bar with a view of the Greenhills traffic, or...
HOKKAIDO RAMEN SANTOUKA MENU: Original Ramen | Specialty Ramen | Awase-Aji Ramen | Shin-Aji Motsu Ramen | Santouka Chicken Ramen | Santouka Spicy Miso Soup, Hiyashi Chuka with Tokusen Toroniku | Ikameshi Set | Rice Bowl | Santouka Set Menu 1 | Santouka Set Menu 2 | Curry and Rice | Salad and Pao | Side Dish | Side Dish 2 | Side Dish 3 | Topping for Ramen | Desserts | Drink | Ramen Santouka World Map
I was excited to try the new ramen additions because the last time we tried this place, it was on soft opening.
We love this Tsukemen, served with a fish and pork soup with Kurobuta Pork intestines! It has a flavor profile similar to papaitan and apparently, the Japanese love this. :)
This is their best-selling ramen with their unique signature roasted pork cheeks. :)
The Awase-Aji soup is a mix of Shio, Shoyu, and Miso ramen. It is served with rice so that you can mix the rice with the soup after eating all the noodles.
We love KATSU SORA's Iberico Pork Tonkatsu Set served with a Juugukokumai Rice (healthy 15-grain Japanese Rice) and their Buffet Bar of Japanese Salad, Japanese Rice, and Japanese Miso Soup. Some diners still prefer the Kurobuta because of its tenderness and more marbling of fat. Budget is P700/head.
The resto is just a bit cramp, with narrow aisleways and high traffic at the buffet bar during the peak hours. Make sure to reserve in advance to get a seat.
For ramen lovers, hop on to HOKKAIDO RAMEN SANTOUKA and order the Shin-Aji Motsu Ramen to complete your Japanese dining experience. :)
Thank you to our friend Garry Uy for inviting us to try Katsu Sora. Congratulations on the innovative Tonkatsu resto concept :)
Monday to Thursday 11.00am - 11.00pm
Friday and Saturday: 11.00am - 11.30pm
Sunday and Holidays: 11.00am - 11.00pm
Last call for orders: 30 minutes before closing time
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Live an Awesome Life,
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