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Is Katsu Sora’s Iberico Tonkatsu Really “the Stuff of Dreams”?

Before you dip your Iberico Pork Tonkatsu in their tangy Tonkatsu Sauce, make sure to eat it on its own first so you can truly taste the difference. The pork has a distinct savory flavor as well as a juicy, fatty texture. While the meat is tender, it still offers a good bite. Aside from that, the breading is light and crispy, and does not leave any oily aftertaste.

Many of us find comfort in eating lightly breaded and deep fried pork cutlets. The flavor is sweet  and subtle, and it hits you in all the right ways. It’s no wonder, therefore, that tonkatsu is one of the most popular dishes in our local restaurant industry. Katsu Sora hopes to bring something new and exciting to this highly competitive market by giving diners the option to choose between four different types of pork:

Iberico Pork – Highly marbled and juicy free-range pork from Southwestern Spain. This is the most “highly sought after premium pork.”

Kurobuta Pork – Finely marbled prized pork from Japan. It is known for  being moist, delicate, and highly flavorful.

Shimofuri Pork – Another type of pork from Spain, Shimorfuri is more marbled and moist compared to typical pork.

Sakura Pork – Lean but tender pork imported from Canada. This is a great option for health-conscious diners.

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Katsu Sora’s Trinoma branch is more spacious than its original branch in Greenhills, Promenade. The Japanese-inspired interiors are classy, modern, and helps you have a quiet, comfortable meal.

Katsu Sora Dressings
Salad Dressing Options
Katsu Sora Salad Bar
Katsu Sora Salad Bar
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Salad Bar Items

One of the coolest things about Katsu Sora is that ordering any set gives you the option to grab anything you want from their salad bar. The salad bar offers three different types of lettuce, tomatoes, corn, cucumbers, and fresh fruits. You also get to choose from six different types of dressing, so I’m sure you’ll happily eat your vegetables whenever you dine here.

Katsu Sora's Iberico Pork Tonkatsu Set
Katsu Sora’s Iberico Pork Tonkatsu Set (P655)

For first-timers, it’s absolutely crucial that you try their Iberico Pork Tonkatsu Set. This comes with a cup of Katsu Sora’s special 15-grain Juugokokumai Rice as well as unlimited soup, salad, and hot tea.

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Before you dip your Iberico Pork Tonkatsu in their tangy Tonkatsu Sauce, make sure to eat it on its own first so you can truly taste the difference. The pork has a distinct savory flavor as well as a juicy, fatty texture. While the meat is tender, it still offers a good bite. Aside from that, the breading is light and crispy, and does not leave any oily aftertaste.

While the Premium Iberico Tonkatsu is a great treat, it’s best to manage your expectations and not get too swayed by the dish’s description on the menu. In the end, it’s simply high-quality pork that’s breaded and deep fried. It’s not entirely the stuff of legends, but it’s still a highly satisfying tonkatsu dish.

I think choosing to have your Iberico Pork prepared as a Tonkatsu is best because Tonkatsu doesn’t have much sauce to overpower the premium pork’s flavor. If you choose to order the Iberico Pork with their Miso Katsu or Katsudon Set, I fear that the sauces will drown out the Iberico Pork’s natural taste.

Fun Fact: The Japanese eat Tonkatsu before job interviews or exams because it’s said to offer good luck.

Katsu Sora's Menchi Katsu Curry Set
Menchi Katsu Curry Set (P350)

Next to sushi, Katsu Curry is my favorite Japanese dish. Katsu Sora’s thick and rich curry sauce has a bit more spices than traditional Japanese curry, and is more on the savory side than on the sweet side. Nevertheless, it’s still a flavorful, pleasant curry that won’t disappoint.

Katsu Sora Miso Katsu
Katsu Sora’s Shimofuri Miso Katsu (P470)
Shimofuri Miso Katsu
Miso Katsu

If you’re tired of the usual Katsu sauce, try the Miso Katsu. The thick, boldly flavored Miso sauce lightly coats every piece of this katsu, giving it a sweet and slightly bitter flavor. If you like your food on the sweeter side, this is a good option to try.

Katsu Sora Katsudon
Katsu Sora’s Traditional Shimofuri Katsudon (P465)

Served on a stone clay pot with a candle to keep it warm, Katsu Sora’s Katsudon is a beauty to behold. While the sauce is positively comforting,  I had hoped that they added more egg yolk to this recipe instead of allowing the whites to coat majority of the meat.

Katsu Sora's  Chicken with Cheese Ohba Katsu Set
Chicken with Cheese Ohba Katsu Set (P350)
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Chicken with Cheese and Ohba Katsu Set, Oozing with Cheese

Once you’ve tried Katsu Sora’s signature pork specialties, it’s also good to explore the menu a little bit further. One of their newest creations is the Chicken with Cheese Ohba Katsu Set. This katsu is made from farm-fresh chicken breast stuffed with creamy white cheese and basil. The chicken is moist and retains the flavor of the cheese and basil well.

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Katsu Sora also has rice cookers on standby with White Japanese Rice as well as 5-Grain Japanese Rice. That way, you can get a refill any time you want.

Overall Verdict: Katsu Sora offers great value for your money, especially if you order the less expensive types of pork. The unlimited sides also make the experience complete. That’s because Katsu Sora makes the effort to ensure that diners enjoy every aspect of their meal by using only the finest ingredients available. While I can’t say that it’s better than its competitors, it is a solid contender.

Katsu Sora has four branches: Greenhills Promenade, Trinoma, SM BF, and Eastwood. 

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