I've noticed that katsu is gaining more and more popularity in the foodie world. As an fyi, katsu refers a style of cooking wherein the meat is breaded and deep-fried. There are many types of dishes with 'katsu' in its name so I know it's a familiar term for most.
Crazy Katsu is a Japanese restaurant specializing in its namesake. We were able to visit the branch in Aguirre Street, BF Homes, Paranaque (they also have branches in Quezon City, Marikina, and Taft Avenue). While their menu is not as extensive as, let's say, Yabu: House of Katsu, they sure are on the same level and with their own touch of uniqueness. While these two restaurants are focused on katsu, it's honestly very difficult to compare it with the two seeing as the presentation is much different.
The photo above is the chicken katsu (P145). It comes on a bed of shredded cabbage and a sauce which is spicy and sour. You have the choice to have it served even spicier, wherein the cook will put additional sili. This dish was an instant fave. The meat was tender and the breading was crunchy... and the sauce was fantastic! I couldn't help but dip the meat again and again in the sauce in an attempt to get as much of its flavor.
We also ordered the pork gyoza (P140). We didn't find anything special with it and it was pretty much an average dish. My friend actually said that he thought the flavor was quite lacking. However, I thought it was a nice way to complement to main dishes.
Finally, we decided to try out their coffee pudding (P80). Their pudding comes in two flavors: caramel and coffee. Since I can't help but be a sweet tooth, I ordered a serving even if I was already very full. The taste wasn't too sweet, which I prefer. Basically, it was pretty much a coffee version of the Filipino dessert leche flan.
As I mentioned, the branch that we went to was the one in BF Homes, Paranaque. It was small and cozy and, by my estimate, could probably fit around thirty people. We arrived at around 7 PM on a weekday and there was not a lot of people, adding a peaceful ambiance. Unfortunately, I'm not sure how full the place gets during the weekend. As for the wait staff, they were nice and accommodating.
Loved the chicken katsu. The place has a nice ambiance and the staff is accommodating. The prices are really affordable as well! The menu, however, is not very extensive -- it would be nice to see even more versions of katsu.
Taste - 5/5
Ambiance - 4/5
Service - 4/5
Price - 4/5
Overall Value - 4/5