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Jan 22, 2008 12:22 PM

New Shabu-Shabu Place in Allston

Has anyone been to this place (I can't remember the name) yet on Brighton Ave. near Carlo's? If so, how was it?

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    1. re: LStaff

      No, I think GaryK means the OTHER (slightly less) new shabu-shabu place, Shabu Shabu Toki. I've walked past it many times but still not eaten there. It looks a bit spendy, and we've been kind of pinching pennies the past couple of months. There are a number of reviews on Yelp, but I don't think I've seen anything here.

      1. re: Allstonian

        I did in fact mean the new place on the Carlo's side, wasn't aware that anything had reopened in the Green Fields space (although the post sounded positive). So, how is Shabu Shabu Toki?

    2. I went to Shabu Zen last night. It is quite a big place, however, the service is pretty bad. We were a group of 4, arriving about 8pm. They told us it would be about a 5-10 minute wait, however it took about 30 minutes to get a table. The food was really good. For appetizers we had a serve of the seafood gyoza and pork gyoza. Entree was a lamb plate, beef plate, seafood plate and vegetables. We had an original broth and a Chinese spicy broth. The Lychee fruit frozen drink was delicious.
      Our waiter got the broth wrong initially, then forgot our drinks. The appetizers came out after the meat plates also.
      I would say that this place has lost the atmosphere that the Shabu Zen in Chinatown has, however, it could have just been a bad night. If you are in the area - I would recommend you give it a try. For 4 of us, the bill came to about $66 without a tip.

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      1. re: nleow

        The service at the Allston location does leave room for improvement. When I first was there I was very disappointed in the service because I visit the one in China town regularly. But then I realized that I did not recognize any workers from the other location. My guess is that the service was a little slow because most employees are new. I think I may wait awhile before I got back.. Hopefully when I do they will have a better handle on what they should be doing

      2. I've been to Shabu Shabu after we tried to go to Shabu Zen and realized it wasn't sushi. Looked interesting though, so will try it out. So we went to Shabu Shabu and we ended up going really late, so we were the only people in the place. (I'm sure they loved us.) But, the service was great, and the sushi was probably one of the freshest I've had in Boston. I will definitely go back when it's not right before closing time. Another sushi restaurant in the area, Privus (next to the Kells) is also really really good. A tad more expensive than Shabu Shabu which I would consider cheap for the quality. It really was soooo fresh. But Privus has a really nice atmosphere and the booths are really private like a cocoon and really impressive, so I guess you pay the extra for the atmosphere. I suggest you try both, if you haven't already!

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        1. re: vivs23

          Is Shabu Shabu Samarai on Franklin Street part of the same company?