Best Shabu-shabu in Seattle?
My sis wants a Japanese Shabu-shabu meal for her birthday. (I had to look up exactly what this is!) Web research and opinions (aside from this board) have not yielded much consistent and reliable info.
Anyone out there have a recommendation?
This may be more than you were asking for, but years ago I had FUGU in Seattle. It was served as a multi-course meal, with shabu shabu as the centerpiece. Looks like the place (Shiki, 4 W Roy St) is still around and still serving fugu. The chef, Ken Yamamoto is the only licensed fugu master in the state. It was around $90 if I recall correctly. As luck would have it, right now is the season for fugu!
Seattle Times article: http://tinyurl.com/3onpvb
Is getting a chinese/sichuan hot pot all that different?
As long as you get the not hot broth, it seems like essentially the same thing...
I say this as a Japanese guy who likes both.
I mean the broth is a little different (I'd say the Japanese is a little more subtle), but the stuff you're putting in is pretty similar...