Shabu Japanese Fondue
Remember the Restaurant.com certificates I have available from years ago? I redeemed one $25 to Shabu Japanese Fondue. You have to purchase at least $37.50 but that was easy to do. James and I went out for dinner last evening and this was where we went. The place was a bit short staffed but they really tried to get everyone their food which to me was good enough. The setting was dimmed, almost a nice intimate feel to it. We ordered the dinner combo for 2 with beef and pork and sides of shrimp and scallops. We opted for the miso broth, made spicy. I don’t know if you can see all the red pepper flakes floating in the pot.
The waiter had to make multiple trips to our table because there were so many dishes as you can see from the photos. First it was the pot so we can swish our food in, the garnish and dipping sauces, the veggies and noodles (which was awesome by the way!), meats and rice. You really do use the whole table space to place everything. It was our first time trying out fondue and we loved it! The meal was plentiful and it’s not the heavy feeling you get from eating stir fry, such as at a buffet.
First, we swished our veggies and noodles. It cooked super fast, just a few minutes depending on how soft or crunchy you want the veggies. Noodles only took a minute. The dipping sauces were a sesame sauce and a light citrusy soy sauce (yummy!). Here you had to eat slow, it is a process as you cook your food and slowly enjoy. We made our way to the meats and they were delicious too! I didn’t have more than 2 bites of the rice as there were so much food! They have a All you can eat option too but I don’t think I can do that one.
After we gobbled down everything there was, a scoop of ice cream is next and comes with the meal to cool down your mouth. I had the green tea flavor while James went for the coffee flavor. A very fitting finish to a great meal.
I loved the whole experience and would definitely go back. It is different but tastes refreshingly good. We were probably there for almost 2 hours. This is not where you want to go if you want a quick meal. Just relax and as always, enjoy! Sometimes we’re always in a rush that actually spending time doing something feels great!