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Nabe Restaurant in Little Tokyo

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Has anyone been? This place just opened on 2nd Street in Little Tokyo, right next to Ebisu and a couple of doors down from Haru Ulala. It used to be a sort of uninspired shabu shabu place -- now it looks sleek and modern and bills itself as a shabu shabu and yakitori restaurant.

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  1. There was a very positive review in the Downtown News recently - I'm interested too!

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    1. re: aching

      FYI: In my opinon, The Downtown News isn't too objective about its reviews - My impression is that their M.O. is more to generate interest in Downtown LA and its businesses, rather than true journalism. You're not gonna see them panning any establishment.

    2. I'm very interested, please post more info.

      1. Pretty nice shabu place. Had the rib eye plate, calamari salad, crab cakes and miso black cod. Rib eye was good but not as melt in your mouth tender as a couple of others that I have been to. Calamari salad was very good and pretty large portioned. Crab cakes and black cod was good. The service was excellent. Very cool thing was at the end of the meal, they made porridge from some of the remaining shabu water with rice and some sweet soy seasoning which was pretty damn good.

        1. This place replace another shabu shabu restaurant I frequented. This place was expensive after I had to order extra rib eye. It was 8 out of 10 but I could make this at home if I swing by a Japanese market. I would probably not go back.

          1. I am thinking of going here with coworkers on Friday.... any other opinions out there on this place? Are there any other shabu shabu restaurants that are open for lunch (downtown area)?

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            1. re: schmamo

              Kushi Shabu in the New Otani Plaza

            2. Would this be a good location for a group birthday dinner (~8 people)? I'm seeking a location w/good ambiance, allows conversation and good food and drinks for a surprise 40th birthday. Your thoughts?