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shabu shabu in boston?

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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  1. Kaze Shabu- consistantly my favorite in town.

    41 Essex St, Boston, MA 02111

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    1. I much prefer Shabu-Zen to Kaze for this.

      1. 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.

        1. 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. .

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

            1. I will just throw in another vote for shabu zen.

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

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                1. re: kweesee

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

                2. 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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                  1. re: pkbos

                    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.