Shaba Shabu in Raleigh
We're going to Raleigh in a few days...heard good things about Shaba Shabu....Any other suggestions in the Asian Fusion category?
I had heard the same and was looking forward to going. It was terrible. The server came to the table and announced "I don't think the tuna is any good today. Wait, let me check..." Then in about 5 minutes, came back and said "yeah, they said it IS good." We passed. Octopus was terribly chewy and we had to send back the hamachi; it was yellowing and dried out. Very disappointed, haven't been back. But to feed our urge, we ended up driving to An right after, and that's been a favorite of mine since.
Shaba Shabu is terrible, IMHO. Mediocre food, poor service, and chairs that snag fabric and stockings like crazy.
Give Mura at North Hills a try. I love their sushi (order the Screaming O roll - it's not on the menu, but you'll love it), and their bento, hibachi, etc. are all very good. I haven't had too many of the other entrees - I can't stay away from their sushi whenever I go.
They do both Japanese and Thai-- and neither particularly well. They seem to be more interested in style over substance. I'd suggest picking either Japanese or Thai and then going to a place that does that cusine well.
I'm with everyone else. I am totally over Shaba Shabu.
What type of food are you craving (Thai? Sushi?) --- we'll help with recommendations... let us know. [ps- I am with Suzy below, Mura is great for sushi, though I have to get props to Waraji just a tiny bit more]