Competing with Tamagoya for the best Japanese foodie place in Lilac St., is Shinji Tanaka’s Crazy Katsu! Having gained awesome reputation with its pioneering branch settled along Maginhawa St. near the University of the Philippines, it opened a new one and joined the soon to be legendary street of foodie haven in Marikina City, just beside Arabiscato Bar.
Today is my 4th consecutive day visiting this place since my first time, so yeah, it’s that good! ^_^
Bestseller – Chicken Katsu for 140 PHP
To go there, make your way to Sumulong hi-way either via the intersection along Marcos hi-way, or the other way around via Sta. Lucia and Robonsons malls’ Gil Fernando St. and Marikina sports center. Nearer to Antipolo’s Masinag Market side of Sumulong, make your turn to Soliven St. (Petron gas station), and it will eventually become Lilac St. once you cross the bridge separating Antipolo and Marikina city. Just go straight and you’ll eventually find it on your right just beside Arabiscato bar.
First things first: try out their bestselling Chicken Katsu, as I, and the waiting staff themselves, will recommend. The menu itself doesn’t offer that much variety of choices, but they will surely compensate it through superb taste and quality. Though a friend of mine with a very peculiar palate for Japanese cuisine ordered their Curry Rice, he only gave it an average okay. So to be safe on your first time, simply stick on the Katsu side of the menu! It won’t disappoint you, I promise.