Shabu Shabu with Vegetarian Options
The wife and I have made plans to have dinner with a couple of shabu shabu virgins. One of them does not eat meat (fish is OK). That leaves us looking for either: (1) a place that does vegetarian shabu shabu along with beef shabu shabu or (2) a place that has both shabu and non-shabu options. Willing to go anywhere from Santa Monica to downtown.
Finally, does anyone know if Shabu Shabu House does a specifically vegetarian plate, or if it's just beef.
Not quite in your preferred destinations list, but Ebizo Skewer in Manhattan Beach does have an all Vegetable Shabu Shabu option.
Not at all the nicest Manhattan Beach culinary destination, but I have had good burgers and tried the shabu shabu once and really liked it. Though, I don't know at all what a traditional dish should taste like.
If your closer to the area, might be worth the try
229 Manhattan Beach Blvd (Cross Street: Highland Avenue)
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
TT Shabu on Atlantic (a little north of Garvey) has pretty good meat shabu shabu as well as a vegetarian option. No fish though, I believe.
Not quite shabu shabu, but if you want a general "dip raw stuff into boiling broth" meal, Little Fat Sheep (or was it Fat Little Sheep) on Atlantic and Garvey can do vegetarian. Just ask them for the no-meat broth. I think it's just boiling water and herbs. They then have a list of food you can pick from with a decent veggie, tofu, mushroom, and noodles selection as well as assorted seafood.
shabu shabu house is so overrated. to this day, i still don't know why so many people line up there.
If price isn't an issue, Kagaya in the Honda Plaza in Downtown is great. They have different types of shabu plates, including a seafood one. Although its pricey, its a set menu so in addition to the shabu itself, you get 2 appetizers (and they're really yummy and constantly changing), udon or rice (i'd recommend the rice b/c they make a risotto-like dish out of your shabu shabu soup), and dessert. Here's a review fr the LA Times (http://www.calendarlive.com/dining/80...).
There's also a shabu shabu/jjingy-skan restaurant that opened up in Koreatown - I think it's called Kan. It's on Western, in between Beverly and 1st. It has a mushroom shabu shabu plate. Haven't tried that one in particular, but its shabu is pretty decent. It also gives you the option of udon or the rice thing in addition to Korean pan-chan. And afterwards, you get Pinkberry-esque frozen yogurt. Definitely cheaper than Kagaya.