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shabu shabu in boston?

bonber Jul 15, 2008 03:39 PM

Hi all-

I'm looking for the best (food and atmosphere) shabu shabu place to take my foodie brother in law this weekend.

Prefer Chinatown, but anywhere T accessible is fine.


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    beeker77 RE: bonber Jul 15, 2008 03:48 PM

    Kaze Shabu- consistantly my favorite in town.

    41 Essex St, Boston, MA 02111

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      nasilemak RE: beeker77 Jul 15, 2008 06:30 PM

      I second Kaze!

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      bachslunch RE: bonber Jul 15, 2008 04:32 PM

      I much prefer Shabu-Zen to Kaze for this.

      1. BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: bonber Jul 15, 2008 07:08 PM

        Of the three places I've tried so far, Shabu-Shabu Toki in Allston is the clear leader: best tasting broth, best presentation, and the skewer appetizers are delicious. Both locations of Shabu Zen are the others I've tried -- of the two, I far prefer the Chinatown location to the Allston one.

        Dice-K is a regular at Shabu-Shabu Toki, if that's any sort of endorsement for you.

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          joebloe RE: bonber Jul 15, 2008 07:48 PM

          Jin in Saugus. Their $24 hot pot buffet is huge and and comparable if not better than Shabu Zen, Kaze, Little Q, Shabu Shabu, Osaka Shabu. Eat all the vegetable, mushroom, tofu, meatball, squidball, fishball, tripe, shrimp, chicken, lamp, beef, pork, wonton, noodle, scallop, clam, etc. to your heart's content. Included is also a decent variety of sushi, deserts, fruits, and fresh oysters.

          If you stay in Chinatown, then Shabu Zen was the overwhelming local favorite. They used to be packed fully on any night with a long long waiting list until recently. Kaze is beautiful inside but it's virtually always empty for a reason. .

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            Pegmeister RE: bonber Jul 16, 2008 04:43 AM

            Haven't tried Kaze because it's just to difficult to pull myself away from Shabu Zen. Shabu Zen is at 16 Tyler St.

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              merrvally RE: bonber Jul 16, 2008 05:26 AM

              I will just throw in another vote for shabu zen.

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                kweesee RE: bonber Jul 16, 2008 01:11 PM

                definitly shabuzen and nothing else! theres one in chinatown and one in allston

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                  Debbiedoesfood RE: kweesee Jul 16, 2008 01:35 PM

                  i like Kaze and Zen. Zen has more atmosphere...

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                  pkbos RE: bonber Dec 9, 2009 07:59 PM

                  Toki is the only place that really serves Shabu Shabu. The others are all Hot Pot, which is perfectly good, but not Shabu shabu. Toki is consistently excellent, atmostphere is great, service is excellent. You get the 2 dipping sauces, plus can order a 3rd if you can't decide. Ponzu, sesame and ginger. Yum. Weekdays they also have fantastic kushiyaki appetizers for $1!!! I've also had sukiyaki here, too. Also so good, it's hard to choose between the 2. AND the sushi is good. The only problem here is how to stop eating. And yes, all the Japanese foodies, incl the athletes on boston teams or visiting, eat here.

                  Shabu Shabu Toki
                  123 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134

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                    barleywino RE: pkbos Dec 26, 2009 03:24 AM

                    enjoyed the short rib shabu shabu at Toki. sushi that we had there (ss crab roll and unagi avo roll) also quite good, also tasted the salmon that came with the seafood shabu, very nice. the tonkotsu broth wasn't quite as milky/rich as some I've had but still ok. serving of inaniwa udon could've been larger, maybe will try the ramen next time. oga daiginjo not bad.

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