Shabu Shabu - Best in LA?
I'm looking for a great Shabu Shabu place in LA. Do you have any recommendations?
I've had many "average" experiences at many Shabu Shabu places. And I'm convinced that I just haven't struck gold yet...but it's there...somewhere.
I live in the Hollywood and don't mind driving a little here and there. Also, I hate waiting for tables.
Kagaya is the top of line for Shabu Shabu in LA. Its Kiseki style Shabu at $50+/person is consider "inexpensive." 2 appetizers, tasty dessert & amazing rice soup. The real Japanese Wagyu at much higher $. It even offer fresh wasabi when available.
Shaab in Pasadena is also very good. ($30)
TT Shabu in MP & San Gabriel is good value ($20)
Preference #4, Shabu Shabu house in Japanese Village use to be better 10 years ago. ($20) The quality is not as good on the last visited a year ago.
i really enjoy going to Seoul Garden Restaurant -
1833 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
Phone: (213) 386-8477
im used to eating shabushabu in a more flavorful Mongolian style & Korean restaurants definitely provide that. its more tasty. after eating the meat cooked in the broth, the waitress will proceed to bring out udon noodles, rice, sesame oil, sesame seeds and dried seaweed - mix it in the broth to produce a tasty rice dish, and eat it following the meat. they also serve a cool rice drink Koreans enjoy in the summertime called "shikhye."
this place is my favorite shabu shabu place due to the fact. the restaurant is busy, but i've never had to wait more than 15-20minutes without a reservation if you can manage. valet parking is available. prices are around 25 and up a person. service is OK - good for Ktown. all in all not bad.