127 Japanese Village Plz Mall, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9001234.049122 -118.239811
Neighborhoods: Civic Center / Little Tokyo, Central LA, Downtown
Love cooking your own foods? Then Shabu Shabu is the place for you. Identical to hot pot, you choose which meats and veggies go into your broth & the dipping sauces. Be prepared to wait on the weekends!
Hands down the BEST Shabu Shabu in the Los Angeles Metro! – I've been going to this restaurant for nearly a decade and it remains as my favorite place for Shabu Shabu. I've been to countless Japanese restaurants serving Shabu Shabu around LA, Orange and San Bernardino counties and nothing comes even close.
The secret is the choice beef and their legendary ponzu, which the owner cooks himself every evening. The ponzu recipe is so guarded that he doesn't even let his long time employees inside the kitchen while he makes it.
After years of frequenting this place, you become friends with the owner, staff and some of your co-addicts.
But one thing remains---they are strict with their "First Come- First Serve" rule. So come early, fill out the wait list, and do not wander around---for once your name is called and you're not there, you've lost your place in line.
But believe me, the wait is worth it.
Terrible service! – They serve a small portion of vegetables compared to other places and a medium size order will not be enough for a man or a woman with a big appetite.
The joint is too too small for such an overly populated place...minimum waiting time during lunch is 45 min.
so the waiters are pushing to get you to finish as soon as possible and leave. They took my dish away when I was still eating and threw the check on the table, gave me a nasty attitude like 'I can't believe you're still eating!'
There isn't anything nice about this place, this place even smells bad.
I'm not going back, for sure.
Get in line and prepare to wait...and wait...and wait at this Little Tokyo favorite for savory Japanese-style hot pot dishes. – In Short
Outside, it's chaos: Whether for lunch or for dinner, throngs of people line up at this landmark neighborhood eatery, often sited as the first shabu-shabu restaurant in all of California. The crowds are as diverse as they are large--imagine a mix of stroller-set Japanese families, young hipster couples in emerging overseas fashions, hungover '80s pop stars and fanatical foodies who ceremoniously make the drive all the way from the O.C. Once inside, customers are seated at a horseshoe-shaped counter, their hot pots already boiling in front of them, flanked by the restaurant's only two dipping sauces: a light soy and nutty-sweet sesame. The menu is basic, and essentially consists of only two choices--10 slips of beef or 15. From there, it's a matter of cooking your veggie sides, such as carrots, mushrooms and lettuce. These ingredients go in the water itself, whereas condiments like garlic paste, pepper and green onions are stirred into the sauces. Once the meats and sides cook, you dip into the sauce and mix with steamed rice. That's it, but it's divine in its simplicity.
Hits: This is widely hailed as some of the best shabu-shabu in town, making it worth the wait. Vegetarians can opt for extra vegetables instead of the meat options, and the meat itself can be ordered fatty or lean.
Misses: If you've never experienced shabu-shabu before, or aren't the biggest fan already, you might want to work your way up to this experience, lest you walk away feeling cheated by the often hour-plus wait. The sake and beer selections are minimal.
amazinggggggg – delicious delicous delicous and highly addictive!!!
delicious thin sliced beef that you cook yourself with amazing dipping sauces, rice, and vegetables.
they have beer too.
the wait is ridiculous, but its so worth the wait because it just builds up your hunger and cravings for shabu shabu!
tip: if you wait inside instead of putting your name on the list and then shopping, they go around and take note of who is waiting so you might get a spot faster.
tip #2: it opens at 5:30 pm for dinner, but they put the list outside on a stool at like 4:00 pm. so if you live close, drive and add your name then come back at 5:30 sharp or a little before!
Addictive and Delicious Shabu Shabu – This is one of my favorite restaurants in LA. They only serve one thing -- raw beef slices with a plate of raw vegetables that you boil in your own personal hotpot, dip in delicious sauces, and eat with rice. The beef is perfectly marbled and delicious. There are only two sauces -- ponzu and peanut -- but both are just scrumptious. There are also "accessories" you can throw into your hotpot or sauce bowl to liven up the flavors, including crushed garlic, pureed daikon, green onions, and hot chili oil. The guy in the apron is more than happy to offer suggestions on how to eat your food. Everyone has their own variations; some people throw everything into the hotpot and make a "soup"; some people like to combine the sauces; others like to dip the meat slices in the hotpot one by one. If you want to eat quickly, arrive at least 30-40 minutes before the restaurant opens and put your name on the list. Otherwise, expect to wait 45-90 minutes. (Although it's definitely worth the wait.) Also, to save money, go during lunchtime, where they serve the exact same food (and exact same portion sizes) for about 60% of the dinner price. Some are put off by the rushed service (they scoop up your plate and give you the check the moment you remove the last morsel from your plate), but the food is worth it.
High Quality - Must Try – The wait is long so put your name down ahead of time, but it's worth it. There are only 2 options on menu, the small size or the larger size plate of meat, and that's it. From there you sit and enjoy. Ask for lean meat if you are watching your weight. Also, it is a tiny place and the boiling water bowls get hot, so wear a tshirt and prepare to sweat.
Stll on top. – I have a vice - restaurants. I love great food to a fault (since I'm not exactly a high roller). I've been coming here for years, as my taste has matured and my dining budget has gone up, and still nothing has ever held a candle to Shabu Shabu House - for price or mouthgasmness. The wait? It's long, but I'd wait twice as long - there is a reason for it. Just be careful if you have an addictive personality because it's that good.
BTW - don't listen to the blazer comment below - he's being cruel; Shabu Shabu House is closed on Mondays. (the hours listed seem to be outdated)
BEST SHABU SHABU – i have been coming here for about a year now and haven't found any better shabu shabu spots in LA. although the wait may seem long it's definitely worth the wait. it's best to go during lunch time because the prices are cheaper. the menu includes, beef, vegetables, beer and iced coffee (which i normally get). i'll add the red chili and chili oil directly to the meat, then i'll season the broth with garlic, both types of onions, red chili, and some soy sauce. i only use the ponzu sauce to which i add garlic, green onions and, the red chilli. after i finish cooking the meat i'll drop it in the ponzu for a few seconds to soak up some extra flavor. and when i'm done w/ all the meat and rice i'll add the extra ponzu sauce to the broth mix it for a bit then ask for an extra bowl and drink the broth. THIS PLACE IS THE BEST, GO HERE FIRST BEFORE YOU TRY ANY OTHER SHABU SHABU HOUSE. it's so good i'm planning on buying a shabu shabu hotpot one day
GUIDELINES FOR SHABU – ALTHOUGH ASIAN STUDENTS FROM UCLA AND USC LIKE TO BRING THEIR ENTIRE FRAT IT IS NOT PROPER SHABU ETIQUITE TO COME WITH A PARTY OF MORE THAN 4 AND EVEN FOUR IS REALLY PUSHING IT. THE FOOD IS GOOD BUT DONT TALK AND HURRY THE HELL UP AND KEEP THE ROTATION MOVING. DONT BRING KIDS AND DONT TAKE YOUR SWEET TIME. IF YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN HERE BEFORE THEN COME ON MONDAYS.
Long Wait for the Best Shabu – The wait is long, the decor is plain, and the menu selection is minimal ranging from beef to more beef. However, Shabu Shabu House offers the best shabu in LA. This place offers a really good quality shabu beef that cooks within seconds in the hotpot of boiling water and amazing ponzu sauce. You can order the beef as lean or extra lean cuts. You have a choice of large and extra large order of beef. If your still not full then you can order extra vegetable and extra order of beef to satisfy your appetite. If your looking for a value experience then go during lunch since the price is cheaper.
If you are looking for great food and an authentic Shabu experience then this is the place to be. For proof just check out the horde of hungry people waiting to be seated normally surrounding outside the restaurant. As a mill of efficiency there is no need to look for a host stand or a host. Just go in, sign your name on a clipboard with your order and wait to be called. There is metered parking on the street but parking can be a challenge. Parking in the garage is free with validation but you will have to prepay first.
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