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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?

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  1. 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.

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    1. re: TheRoy

      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."
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      Omigosh. I think that deserves its own thread.....

      1. re: cackalackie

        LOL so hard the cats vacated the room!

    2. 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.

      1. 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.

        1. 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]

          1. Was Shaba Shabu one of the first of it's kind in Raleigh? I have not tried it, but people I meet who have lived here for years love it. I've noticed many of these folks seem to have an allegiance to places based more on sentiment than current offerings...

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            1. re: meatn3

              Was once a few years back, as I remember the Thai was better then the Sushi. But neither of them was good enough to put up with the we are so cool attitude from the servers.