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Feb 4, 2011 12:19 AM

Shabu restaurants serving real Kobe beef?

Are there any restaurants in the area serving shabu shabu with real Kobe beef (not the American Kobe)? I've been to Shabu House - it was alright (especially for the price, with the all-you-can-eat-and-drink), but I crave higher quality meat. I did a search but only found three threads (none of which were really relevant).


Shabu House
5158 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

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  1. Perhaps Ozumo will get go closer to your ideal shabu-shabu. It's not Kobe but it's $42.
    Shacho's Shabu-Shabu washu rib-eye with a daikon radish ponzu dipping sauce, swished through a simmering pot of aka miso-dashi broth
    Just wondering if that boiling broth doesn't somehow diminish the effect of all that beautiful fat and whether a restaurant would want to start a Kobe just for you*.
    * Sorry old joke about an elephant sandwich.

    2251 Broadway Avenue, Oakland, CA 94612

    1. Replying to my own question - I still haven't found one serving real Kobe beef, but I have found one that has meat quality I'm satisfied with - One Pot in Cupertino. Taiwanese-owned - they have an interesting soy milk broth that is worth trying.

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      1. re: mr_darcy

        Mainly due to the expense of importing Japanese Kobe Beef, it's very unlikely that you'll find any shabu shabu places using real Kobe beef in this area -- most of the time the Kobe Beef advertised on the menus at restaurants is either American or Australian Wagyu.