Katsu Country is one homegrown Davao City resto that has been memorable for me because of its beautifully lit interiors especially at night and its design making it a cozy place to dine in with your family, friends, colleagues, fellow foodies, your special someone or even alone on your own solo foodtrip for a taste of Japan right here in the city.
They serve Japanese inspired cuisine specializing on tonkatsu dishes. They are loved by their regular diners for their katsu and desserts aside of course from the nice and soothing ambiance in the resto.
When we dined there for the Davao Food Crawl by the Davao Digital Influencers, I first had dessert. Yes as my food blogger idol’s blog name says – dessert comes first!
Their Cheese Gyoza (P120) is a simple yet delightful cheesy fried gyoza dish you can enjoy eating and sharing with a good friend. It is served with real tomato sauce. As they would say it will remind you of a childhood fave snack. What do you have in mind? Let me know. 🙂
Katsu Country is known in Davao as the home of the Shibuya Toast, a beautiful dessert that is meant to be shared with a friend.
They have flavor variants for this dessert. One of which is the Choco Hazelnut – chocolate spread with chocolate balls. Even just by looking at it, you could already taste its delightful chocolate flavor. May I ask how many minutes will it take you to take snaps of this for Instagram? Don’t make it wait for too long. Or perhaps your friends will be digging in even before your done. Indulge in it before the ice cream melts my dear foodie friends.
Then they also have the Strawberry Shibuya Toast. I agree with many of you that this one is beautiful and too pretty to eat as some would say!
Its is their house-made toast served with honey syrup and vanilla ice cream. This one has slices of preserved strawberries.
Snap right away for Instagram, save it for posting later and immediately indulge in this beautiful dessert. It is meant to be enjoyed in your mouth and not just for a feast for your foodie eyes.
Other choices are original honey with cream cheese, blueberry, or peaches and creamcheese.
They also have other desserts such as the matcha overload (an old fave), matcha cheesecake, chocolate cheesecake, black sesame sans rival, brownie ala mode and other desserts to choose from.
Close your eyes and savor the flavor of these desserts.
Done with desserts first, I next tried their best seller Menchi Katsu Burger (P190).
This one for me is meant to be shared as well. It is breaded and deep friend juicy ground beef patty with fresh lettuce and shredded cabbage in between burger buns that are house-made. The potato chips served on the side are also house-made. I enjoyed the taste of the beef patty. If you are craving for a burger, then try this one at Katsu!
The Shrimp Katsu was right beside me on the table. I wouldn’t miss tasting this one for sure. It has 4 pieces of breaded succulent prawns served with squash croquette hidden underneath the prawns and shredded cabbage.
The Okonomiyaki (P139) is what they call the Japanese pizza, a healthier version of pizza for me.
This one is made with bacon, eggs and cabbage. It is drizzled with their house made tonkatsu sauce and Japanese mayo.
A new fave dish that night was their Tomatodon. A simple yet delightful katsu with their signature tomato sauce and cheese makes this dish, as they call it, a fusion of Japanese and Italian.
It has added sauteed ingredients. This is meant for those who loves tomato and katsu together.
When looking for drinks to enjoy at Katsu Country, they have handcrafted milkshakes.
Perk up your day with sweetness from this Coffee Caramel Milkshake, a mixed drink of aromatic coffee, milk and velvety cream. Topped with rich caramel.
Strawberry Banana Milkshake, a refreshing taste of banana and strawberry combined. Though the banana taste overpowered the strawberry with this one we had. Not bad at all since I love to eat bananas and I love milk shakes. Without the cream topping, this one is good after being out there under the summer heat. If in season, you can enjoy Davao’s King of fruits, durian milkshake when it is available.
Now this one is last but not the least. Their red iced tea that refreshed and quenched my thirst that day.
Katsu Country Resto
“A Japanese inspired café, specializing on tasty tonkatsu dishes.
This katsuretsu and café brings you to the trendy streets
& fun culture of Harajuku!”
It has a nice and modern design for its facade. You can see the resto located in the ground floor and view the furniture office of the owner Architect EJ Pasia.
This bike which is now covered with vines with flowers greets you “Welcome” as you arrive at and about to enter the resto.
The first time my boys and I dined there was way back in May 2017 when they had just opened for more than a month. I could still remember that my boys and I enjoyed sharing their matcha overload dessert during that foodtrip. I got to chat online with the owner then, the talented architect named EJ Pasia. I just got to meet the owner personally recently during our visit at the resto. It’s nice to be back to this resto and this time with fellow Davao foodies and food bloggers from DDI for the ongoing Davao Food Crawl.
I love the ambiance especially when dining there at night.
My fave spot inside the resto since we first visited it…
This below is the inner part of the resto.
Katsu Country has a small function room that can accommodate around 8-12 persons. Rate is at P3,500 consumable.
The lamp hanging there above the table is by Kenneth Cobonpue, a famous Filipino industrial designer from Cebu.
Loving their cool decorated menu books covers.
#KatsuCountry is located at the ground floor of Junction Building at
1059 Emilio Jacinto Extension, Poblacion District, Davao City. It is across Mercury Drug Arellano branch and near Central Bank.
They are open from 11:00AM to 9:30PM all week long Monday to Sunday. For reservations, contact mobile number: 0995 478 5305.
I hope they will become part of foodpanda too soon. While dining there at the resto is really nice, sometimes we can’t have time to actually go there but would love to enjoy their food at home.
We had a side trip and quick tour of EJ Pasia’s furniture office just above the resto.
Arch. EJ Pasia designed the awesome Pakighinabi Hall of the Calungsod – San Vitores Jesuit – Lay Collaboration Center, Jacinto Campus of Ateneo De Davao University. I may have not seen it with my own eyes but looking at the photos online, it is an awesome work by a talented architect indeed.
It was nice to have that quick tour. If you followed @Davaofoodtrip on Instagram, you must have seen my IG stories of that tour.
He designed what is called the Pompom chair which is seen inside the #PBBOtso house of Big Brother. It is outside near the ladies room. Also that big colorful sofa chair inside the PBB confession room.
Follow him at @EJPasiaFurniture on Facebook.