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Aug 31, 2010 07:06 PM

Best Shabu Shabu on Oahu?

My wife and I are visiting Honolulu and were hoping to find a good Shabu Shabu restaurant; preferably one that offers grass fed, organic, and/or local beef.

Recommendations greatly appreciated. We'll drive far and wide and will spend a reasonable sum for good quality.

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  1. Imanas Tei, near the University of Hawaii has shabu shabu as well as a great sushi bar. But their version of chanko nabe (sumo wrestlers stew) is a winner. Lots of meat and vegetables cooked tableside in a soup base. The rice porridge at the end of the meal, made with the leftover soup is also very satisfying.

    Imanas Tei Restaurant
    2626 S King St, Honolulu, HI 96826

    1. I was going to mention Imanas' chanko nabe, too--although it's not shabu-shabu. Also, if you do head out to Imanas, it can be hard to get in as it's a small place. I believe they take reservations from 3:30 PM. However, if it's just you and your wife, you could just show up and see if you can get a table. (I've done that with success.) One other thing: try the fried gobo (burdock root) with seafood. It's sort of like an onion loaf/awesome blossom thing.

      There's another place called Sweet Home Cafe that's been very crowded. It's not shabu-shabu, but a nabe/hot pot place. You choose the broth (you can choose two) and then you go and pick up the items you want to put inside. (The waiter will count the empty plates and the color of each to determine your final bill.) The shave ice at the end of the meal is also a winner.

      Sweet Home Cafe
      2334 S King St Ste 102, Honolulu, HI 96826

      1. Ichiriki is the favorite among several of my friends.