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Jan 31, 2008 05:52 AM

Please...REAL Shabu Shabu

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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  1. Wow--yosaku on Wisconsin Ave between Tenley and Friendship has it! YAY!

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    1. re: foodslut

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

      1. re: shabulover

        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.

    2. 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

        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

          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

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

            1. re: DavidC

              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.

              1. re: foodslut

                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.

      2. 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.