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Please...REAL Shabu Shabu

shabulover Jan 31, 2008 05:52 AM

Is there anywhere around here where I can get traditional japanese shabu shabu (in other words...not Bob's)?

There was a place in Fairfax (Arigato) but they've since changed names (and possibly ownership) and our last shabu shabu experience there wasn't very good (the meat was sliced very thick, and was extremely fatty and just thrown on the plate...the hostess later asked if we didn't like the way she sliced it!!!!).

Anyway, with the amount of places in Boston, San Francisco, New York and even Phoenix I can't figure out why I can't find Shabu Shabu anywhere around here.

Help please!!!...I don't want to have to drive to NY to satisfy this craving :o).

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    foodslut Jan 31, 2008 09:28 AM

    Wow--yosaku on Wisconsin Ave between Tenley and Friendship has it! YAY! http://www.yosakusushi.com/dinnerMenu...

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    1. re: foodslut
      shabulover Jan 31, 2008 10:15 AM

      Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!!

      1. re: shabulover
        foodslut Jan 31, 2008 11:04 AM

        I would call and make sure they still do it and ask if they do the traditional table-top cooking. The restaurant is great--really authentic and fresh food. Let me know how it goes.

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      Mighty Jim Jan 31, 2008 12:15 PM

      Sushi Taro, in Dupont Circle, used to advertise it during the winter. They've also got a couple of those little tatami mat rooms, for the full on experience. I've never had it there, though, so you'd want to check first.

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      1. re: Mighty Jim
        shabulover Feb 1, 2008 04:53 AM

        Sushi Taro gets great reviews too...I'll definitely check in to both and will post here after I've eaten to let you know how it goes.

        1. re: shabulover
          foodslut Feb 1, 2008 06:04 AM

          I love sushi taro. Their evening menu is pricier, but they have so many good things that are hard to find--like o-den, raw tuna with mountain yam... definitely our next b-day destination. Let me know what you think of Yosaku, since it's been a while for me.

          1. re: foodslut
            DavidC Feb 1, 2008 09:09 AM

            yosaku lists $34 for 2
            now is that filling enough or is it a rather small portion?

            1. re: DavidC
              foodslut Feb 1, 2008 10:55 AM

              You may want to call and ask how they serve it. If it's tabletop cooking, then you should get a good tray of meat and veggies, then noodles to finish off.

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                DavidC Feb 1, 2008 01:44 PM

                i mean i've had it in socal quite a bit and it was about $18 per person and each one got their own pot and it was quite satisfying. I just wouldn't want to pay $34 for 2 people and not get a good amount of food.

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        bakagaijin Feb 2, 2008 01:10 PM

        Tachibana in McLean serves shabu shabu. The wife and I were there in late August last year to celebrate our anniversary, and we saw Newt Gingrich and his wife enjoying a pot.

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