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Shabu Shabu in GTA

UncleBob Jul 18, 2011 11:23 AM

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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    MeMeMe RE: UncleBob Jul 18, 2011 11:40 AM

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

    1. TorontoJo RE: UncleBob Jul 18, 2011 11:42 AM

      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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        TorontoJo RE: TorontoJo Jul 18, 2011 11:50 AM

        I would give Ematei and Kaiseki Sakura a call.

        30 Saint Patrick St, Toronto, ON M5T3A3, CA

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          TorontoJo RE: TorontoJo Jul 18, 2011 11:52 AM

          Confirmed that Nami has shabu shabu on their dinner menu:


          55 Adelaide St E, Toronto, ON M5C1K6, CA

        2. biggreenmatt RE: UncleBob Jul 18, 2011 01:01 PM

          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. Notorious P.I.G. RE: UncleBob Jul 18, 2011 04:39 PM

            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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              flyinggonzo RE: Notorious P.I.G. Jul 20, 2011 06:08 AM

              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.

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                Matt H RE: Notorious P.I.G. Jul 20, 2011 06:54 PM

                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. iMarilyn RE: UncleBob Jul 20, 2011 09:09 AM

                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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                  tjr RE: iMarilyn Jul 20, 2011 10:07 AM

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

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                    iMarilyn RE: tjr Jul 21, 2011 03:27 AM

                    Where does the OP request a Japanese version?

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                      UncleBob RE: iMarilyn Jul 21, 2011 07:10 AM

                      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.

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                        iMarilyn RE: UncleBob Jul 21, 2011 07:50 AM

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

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                          TexSquared RE: iMarilyn Aug 7, 2011 04:04 PM

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

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                            piccola RE: TexSquared Aug 7, 2011 05:07 PM

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

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                            jamesm RE: iMarilyn Aug 13, 2011 02:25 PM

                            Right, because there are no Mexican restaurants in Toronto.

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                          tjr RE: iMarilyn Jul 21, 2011 08:48 AM

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

                    2. shekamoo RE: UncleBob Jul 20, 2011 10:58 PM

                      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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                        elvisahmed RE: shekamoo Aug 7, 2011 07:53 AM

                        Shekamoo was Zen's Sukiyaki done Osaka style?

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                          shekamoo RE: elvisahmed Aug 7, 2011 09:03 AM

                          I think it was Tokyo style

                      2. Crispier Crouton RE: UncleBob Jul 21, 2011 08:12 AM

                        I would've challenged you to find Andorran cuisine.

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                          leafsfan85 RE: UncleBob Aug 7, 2011 04:40 AM

                          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!

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                            helenhelen RE: UncleBob Aug 13, 2011 12:15 PM

                            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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                              tjr RE: helenhelen Aug 13, 2011 12:35 PM

                              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. Food Tourist RE: UncleBob Apr 12, 2013 05:19 PM

                              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.)

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