The Katsu fever doesn’t seem to be slowing down in Manila. There is that influx of restaurants that serve tonkatsu and all its permutations. Ginza Bairin is not a newbie in the market as it has restaurants in other countries thus sealing their credibility on preparing katsu dishes, among other things.

It was by pure chance that I had a meal in Ginza Bairin. Our meeting was sponsored by the restaurant and we were more than happy to oblige. Pardon the lack of a gallery to speak of, it was a meeting after all and I took photos in between eating and discussions.


The Food

I absolutely love the something mango salad. I’m not sure if it was Kani or catfish. LOL! Whatever it was, it was sublime! The mangoes gave the salad its acidity but with a hint of sweetness and the crunchy texture of that floss was a hit for me.


The gyoza was definitely something different. It had this thin layer of crust that made it look more like a pancake than a gyoza. It seems that “crunch” was a constant theme here.


I ordered the hire katsu and I’d have to say it was quite filling and ate only 2 pieces of the meat.


The Verdict

I was looking for the wasabi sauce and was quite disappointed when they didn’t have any but I guess that’s because I’m just an unusually “anghang” girl. I wouldn’t say that it was a total disappointment but the food left me a bit hollow and wanting. Apart from the salad, I just felt that the food needed a little bit more oomph for me.

Ginza Bairin – Authentic Tokyo Katsu
Ground Floor Glorietta 2 (along Palm Drive), Ayala Center, Makati City
Telephone: +632 553-7350
Operating Hours:
Monday to Friday 10.00 AM to 11.00 PM
Saturday to Sunday 10.00 AM to 12.00 MN