Saboten Once Again
Since this was a revisit to Saboten; I was happy to try the other katsu dishes that they have to offer (aside from the loin and tenderloin katsu variants). But before that, I just want to mention that I really like the brightly lit interiors of Saboten. Not only does it provides a nice calming ambiance but it also provides great lighting for photos.
During my first visit to Saboten, I was already curious on their “sashimi-katsu“. Would the sashimi be cooked when they deep fry it? But why does it still look like sashimi with panko coating?
I picked up a piece; closed my eyes and took a bite. Crunch…soft tender… crunch! No doubt about it; this is still sashimi although it lost a bit of its moist / chewy jelly like texture. I’m glad that they offer an a la carte version to this as I can’t bring myself to eat sashimi as a viand with rice.
Next up, we have another of their new offering which would be the Mille-Feuille Katsu and we got the sharing set (good for 2 but I think can be good for 3).
The Mille-Feuille Katsu Sharing Set has: One (1) Mille-Feuille 150g, Two (2) Deep-Fried Shrimp, One (1) Loin Cutlet 65g and Two (2) Rolled Cutlet.
Hello layers of thinly sliced pork! Can’t help but compare this to Kimukatsu as that’s where I had my first Mille-Feuille katsu (still having a hard time spelling or pronouncing it). Unlike Kimukatsu, it only has one variant but I don’t mind as I still got to enjoy its crunchiness and juiciness. In terms of tenderness; I’ll put it in the middle of their tenderloin and loin katsu.
It is suggested to be eaten with their radish and ponzu sauce but ignorant me didn’t read the menu so I still dipped it on the tonkatsu sauce.
The Original Rolled Tenderloin Cutlet is unique to Saboten. It looks like how it is named; rolled cutlet with a “filling” in the middle. I didn’t enjoy it as much as the other dishes as the fillings distract me from enjoying the pork.
Still part of the sharing set; we have the deep-fried shrimp (where it differs from tempura thanks to the breading). It comes with yummy tartar sauce and I have to note the size of the shrimp because it was really big! I usually finish tempura in 2-3 bites but this one took me more because each bite was filled with shrimp goodness (instead of breading).
That’s it for the main dish and now we move on to the desserts. We had two where the sesame sansrival was a new offering.
Both cakes were just so-so for me. The matcha lychee almond cake was very light and I can taste the matcha powder and the chocolate on top. On the other hand, the sesame sansrival was nutty and chewy. Both were not too sweet so think of it as a palate washer.
Will I be coming back to Saboten? Definitely.
Disclosure: Saboten paid for our meal.
Till next time,
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