October 2, 2012 Shabu Zen
I always drive by this place and it is always SUPER crowded! One Sunday evening we decide to stop in for a bite. There’s a small lot in the back for parking…because parking on the street almost never happens. After we circle the block three times we end up lucking out with a spot right out front.
Because who doesn’t love a little black fungus with dinner? So the inside is pretty plain, there are Christmas decorations still up, so apparently, it is Christmas all year round here. There are tons of seats inside, whether it is at tables or at the bar area.
Asian hot pot cooking, you pick your broth and it heats up at your table. We did chicken and pork.
We start with the gyoza appetizer, which come out pretty quickly. We devoured them in about 3.2 seconds. When you order, you choose a meat, and a carbohydrate, udon noodles, vermicelli noodles or rice. Every order comes with an assorted veggie plate consisting of: corn on the cob, mushroom, leafy greens, tofu etc. You can order other veggies a la carte.
We ordered the chicken and the USDA prime rib. The meat is shaved super thin and brought out to the table like this:
Start adding the veggies and the meats to the boiling broth and everything cooks up!
The meal was good. My hold back on saying that this place is great is that I am weird about cooked meat…I want to make sure that everything is cooked through, and with people throwing raw chicken in with the communal soup..I felt weird about that. And the meat came out this grey color which was a little creepy for me. It tasted yummy after I got over myself…but still. A fun place to go and have an interactive dinner-it is wildly popular with the Asian community here. Go try it out for yourself and let me know what you think!