13573 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA | Directions 9142334.147726 -118.429441
Neighborhoods: South Valley
Great place to go for a fun evening and healthy food... – Is Shabu Shabu the next Sushi?
It's amazing how few people know about Shabu Shabu - I have been enjoying going to this simple, down-to-earth Japanese restaurant in the Valley to savor thinly sliced prime beef cooked by yourself in a hot water pan, by holding the beef with chopsticks and "swishing" back and forth until it's done to one's liking.
(Shabu Shabu supposedly means "Swish Swish" in Japanese).
It's very reminiscent of other "fondue" settings, with the difference that you sit at a bar, and have your own individual deep pan of water that turns into an incredible broth after you're done cooking all your beef.
The ladies working there are SO friendly, and if you tell them that you're a first-timer, they will walk you through the whole ceremony...
Parking is a bit of a challenge, but where isn't that the case in LA these days, and I would say they are somewhat pricey for a meal you cook yourself... (about $30-40 per person, without alcohol - depending on the quality of meat and size of your order). If it were more in the $20-$25 range, I would probably go much more often, instead of just for a "special" night.
I've been going there with friends and family for more than a dozen times now, and can safely say that they are very consistent.
Last time I went with a bunch of friends (make sure you reserve, as there are only about 20 seats) to celebrate a B-Day: it was a fun evening, particularly because we were able to sit at the horse-shoe-shaped bar, thus allowing for lots of conversation with everyone.
We will definitely be back for more!
shabu shabu in the valley! – found out this restaurant has been serving shabu shabu in the valley for over 10 yrs, but my friend and i only just discovered it. FINALLY, shabu shabu in the valley (apparently they're the only ones)! the food and setting was pretty average (we had the beef shabu shabu & chicken sukiyaki) -- not anything remarkable, but not too bad either. the price is a little steep -- you can get the same thing for less in j-town, but worth saving the drive time (& gas) if you live in the valley. the wait staff are really friendly & nice. it seemed very much like a neighborhood joint. we went on a tuesday night and the small parking lot behind the restaurant was not full.
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