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best shabu shabu in LA?

my girlfriends dad wants shabu shabu for his bday dinner this saturday, any reccommendations? so far, I hear that the Shabu Shabu house in lil tokoyo is the spot for the best shabu shabu in LA?

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  1. Love the shabu shabu house in Little tokyo, get there early and put your names down AND if there's a wait you can have a few beers and Sake across the way in the outside patio. They'll come and get you when your table is ready.

    1. I like KaGaYa. I asked Chef Hiro (at Urasawa) if he liked KaGaya, his answer absolutely cracked me up:" Yes, but it is a bit pricey!" He should know!

      1. Kagaya is supposed to be the highest quality (they have Kobe I think), but also quite expensive. Shabu Shabu House is supposed to be good and inexpensive. Doesn't seem like a dad's birthday joint though.

        1. I do not know if it is the best -- I doubt it is -- but I enjoy shabu shabu at Mizu 212 on Sawtelle. It's a nice setting, the service is good, and the ingredients are high quality. I'm a fan.

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            1. re: glutton

              Mizu 212 has a good balance between price and quality, especially if you want something on the Westside with nicer decor and service. Shabu Shabu house is cheap and tasty but service and decor is lacking and the wait is long. I haven't been to Kagaya but I have heard very good things.

            2. I have to second the Shabu Shabu House in Little Tokyo. Would never have known it existed until a friend suggested it. It lived up to the billing and is not over-priced.