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Shabu Shabu in GTA

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I bet a friend in San Francisco, who is coming to Toronto, that there isn't a cuisine that cannot be found in Toronto. She took the bet and asked for Shabu Shabu. While I had no idea what that was, after a quick search of this site and others, I now do. However, I have no idea where to find it and if any one serves Shabu Shabu in the GTA (I will go as far as Niagara as it is part of the itinerary).

Can anyone help? Don't want to lose this bet!

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  1. I haven't been to NAMI for 15 years, but last time I was there, they had it and it was delicious.

    1. Will she only be satisfied with Japanese hot pot? Or will Chinese hot pot suffice? Chinese hot pot restaurants are numerous here.

      I had Shabu Shabu at what used to be Akasaka in Empress Walk years ago. I have no idea what that restaurant is called these days. But I would imagine that several Japanese restaurants around the city offer it.

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      1. re: TorontoJo

        I would give Ematei and Kaiseki Sakura a call.

        30 Saint Patrick St, Toronto, ON M5T3A3, CA

        1. re: TorontoJo

          Confirmed that Nami has shabu shabu on their dinner menu:


          55 Adelaide St E, Toronto, ON M5C1K6, CA

        2. Call Fin Izakaya (Yonge/Eg) and ask to speak with Akiko, the owner. Shabu-shabu isn't on the menu, but ask if they'll make it special for you. I suspect they will.

          Fin Izakaya
          55 埃格林顿大街, 多伦多, ON M4P 1A6, CA

          1. Out of all the cuisines one could choose, she chooses Shabu-Shabu. I would make bets with this friend often and for escalating amounts of money. By the end of her trip here you could have enough to visit SF if you play your cards right.

            Ematei has Shabu Shabu on the menu as well as a couple different Nabe options. Enjoy your winnings!

            30 Saint Patrick St, Toronto, ON M5T3A3, CA

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            1. re: Notorious P.I.G.

              No kidding - you could be a random street corner in Old Toronto and make a bet than you could find Shabu Shabu within a couple of km.

              1. re: Notorious P.I.G.

                Ha! I thought the exact same thing. She really let him off the hook easy on this one. To the OP, Dont play that game with anyone else though, they may just make it harder on you.

              2. Swish By Han has the words "SHABU SHABU" painted on its front window.

                Swish by Han
                38 Wellington St. East, Toronto, ON M5E 1C7, CA

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                1. re: iMarilyn

                  I've had the shabu shabu at Swish and it was more Korean-style than Japanese.

                  1. re: tjr

                    Where does the OP request a Japanese version?

                    1. re: iMarilyn

                      By definition, I assumed it had to Japanese. It looks like I am going to win the bet. I guess I am not worldly enough as I had no idea what it was, but will post a review after eating it.

                      1. re: UncleBob

                        She'd have won the bet if she'd suggested Mexican.

                        1. re: iMarilyn

                          Or Southern U.S. (other than BBQ), or Cajun....

                          1. re: TexSquared

                            You can find all of those in Toronto. Whether they're any good is another matter.

                          2. re: iMarilyn

                            Right, because there are no Mexican restaurants in Toronto.

                        2. re: iMarilyn

                          Shabu shabu is Japanese. If OP had asked for sushi, I wouldn't give them suggestions on where they can get decent kimbap.

                    2. This is a Maybe: If you contact them beforehand, Zen Japanese Restaurant would probably make you Shabu Shabu. If they do, they can prepare it with Japanese Wagyu. The price will be according to the quality of the meat though, i.e. HIGH.

                      I have had their Sukiyaki, and it was very very close to what I had in Japan. Never asked them about Shabu Shabu, but if that kitchen does it, it would do it right, and in an authentically Japanese fashion. It would be better than anything else mentioned here, I wager.

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                      1. re: shekamoo

                        Shekamoo was Zen's Sukiyaki done Osaka style?

                        1. re: elvisahmed

                          I think it was Tokyo style

                      2. I would've challenged you to find Andorran cuisine.

                        1. don't know if it's too late, but there is a great korean shabu shabu place up in thornhill at bayview just south of hwy 7 called Myungdong Kalkuksu Noodles and Shabu Shabu. Read the menu carefully for the pricing... it can be tricky. It is proper Korean though and great!

                          1. had shabu shabu for the first time when i was in japan last fall and we had it with a soymilk broth. anyone know what that was? was it just soymilk? it was really good and lent a richness to all the food cooked in it.

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                            1. re: helenhelen

                              This is called 豆乳しゃぶしゃぶ (tou-nyu shabu shabu). It's typically served with pork, rather than beef. Depending on what you had, it could have been soy milk, a combination of dashi and soy milk, miso and soy milk, etc. There are a lot of possible variations.

                            2. Do any of the newer Japanese places serve shabu shabu? Has to be a primarily Japanese restaurant, not primarily Korean nor Chinese. (Older restaurants also good.)