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Shabu Shabu in GTA

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.

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        Ematei
        30 Saint Patrick St, Toronto, ON M5T3A3, CA

        1. re: TorontoJo

          Confirmed that Nami has shabu shabu on their dinner menu:

          http://www.namirestaurant.ca/

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          Nami
          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.

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          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!

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            Ematei
            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.

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                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.