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.
Extra Rice – 10 PHP
One thing I really love is their 10PHP hard-on Japanese rice! They’re so well cooked and tightly placed together, you’d feel like you’re some real Japanese chowing down gracefully with your chopsticks, even though said chopstick skills aren’t that great. Order about two or three of those, along with their Chicken Katsu, Miso Soup, and Iced Tea, you’d be one big happy chum for just below 200 PHP! Their service water is real fine too, as they’re served ice cold.
As for their staff, I can say they’re really accommodating just as any Japanese-inspired establishment should be. The first time we went here was when my brother and I ordered first at General’s Pizzeria, then checked the place out out of curiosity. They had no customers at the time, but the moment they saw us grace through the door a few meters away, the five or so staff stood up from their seats and greeted us with a smile. Talk about making your day all better! Even these little things count to deliver an uber-awesome and unforgettable dining experience. Kudos to you, Crazy Katsu. You’ll be seeing more of me and my friends in the future!
Miso Soup – 30 PHP
Sukiyaki – 190 PHP