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Best Shabu-shabu in Seattle?

SeattleK Oct 9, 2008 09:35 AM

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?

  1. Lets_eat Oct 14, 2008 04:09 PM

    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

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      HungWeiLo Oct 14, 2008 03:40 PM

      I'm sure I've seen it served in some Korean places in Edmonds and Lynnwood, though that may be farther than you'd like to venture.

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        GreenYoshi Oct 14, 2008 11:32 AM

        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...

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          equinoise Oct 14, 2008 11:04 AM

          Apparently, there was a shabu-shabu specialist in the ID called Aki that is now defunct. The only place I know of still serving this is Bush Garden, the kitschy 1950's era place.

          Never had Shabu-shabu there or anywhere so I can't speak on the quality.

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          1. re: equinoise
            terrier Oct 14, 2008 11:30 AM

            I've had shabu-shabu, nabemono, and sukiyaki at Bush Garden, but not in years. It was actually pretty good a couple of years ago but I don't go there anymore due to bad sushi.

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