The hunt for the best Shabu Shabu place in SF
The spicy miso here gets 5/5! I loved it!
This place has way more choices than normal shabu shabu places. The bf and I were going to get all you can eat, but we got the set dinner for $18 instead. It was more than enough food to make it hard to walk after dinner. I suggest trying their pork and leek dumpling and the hk wontons. They were the best I've tasted at any shabu shabu place.
I would give this place five stars, but its pretty pricey and the soup isn't consistently flavorful. Shabu house has its good nights and its bad nights. I've been here about 5 times. The first time was for my 21st birthday. I may have been biased by the alcohol but I thought it was the best spicy miso I've ever eaten. The next few times I came here, the spicy miso just wasn't as spicy, or were slightly bland. When I'm really hungry, I'd be tempted to get the all you can eat, but you really don't need to spend $35 to get full. The large dinner set is more than enough to get you ridiculously full if you eat all your veggies too.
I always rate shabu places by the flavor and spiciness of their spicy miso broth, the quality of the meat, and price.
Broth: Well seasoned, tasty, good level of spiciness ( and I love spicy food. ) 5/5
Meat: the meat was cut so thin that it was impossible to pick the meat up in individual slices. I had to roll the meat up into little balls to pick up anything at all. 3/5
Price: Pretty pricey with all you can eat at $28. The dinner set is $15, but it looked like you only get a small amount of meat.
I would come back here just for the spicy miso soup, but the quality and quantity of the meat isn't worth the price unless you get all you can eat.
Got the all you can eat here. I love the variety of choices. My bf and I couldn't decide what to get so we got way too much. We were stuffed to our throats by the time we were finished.
The shrimp, pork, beef, lamb were all fresh and tasty. The broth was slightly bland, but after it evaporated a bit, the flavors concentrated to create a passably good broth. I would come back here for the variety, even if the broth is just so-so, and that's saying a lot since, in my opinion, shabu shabu places live and die by the flavor of their broth.
Bland Bland Bland Bland broth. Everytime I've come here, I dump half of my ponzu and sesame sauce into the broth to get any kind of flavor. The meat is standard quality, nothing spectacular. Sometimes the owner is around, and he gives us free shots (yay!) , but sometimes he hangs around too long making dinner kind of awkward (boo).
I came here when it first opened, and was still called Shabu Pub. The decor is nice. The broth was very bland, and the portions were too small. The service was pretty lackluster too. My bf and I were the only ones there when we went but the server somehow got flustered by our requests for water and soup spoons. I wouldn't come back here. It's not worth the time or money.