In our previous article, we have ordained the specific proper etiquette to eat properly in Japanese Shabu Shabu restaurants if you happened to miss out we offer a quick explanation on what Shabu Shabu is for people who are unfamiliar with it. Shabu-Shabu is a Japanese dish usually containing vegetables like cabbage, shiitake mushrooms which are then treated with thinly sliced slices of beef boiled in water. The name derives from onomatopoeia of the sound the pot makes while the ingredients are boiled. In Tokyo, you can find a lot of interesting themed restaurants which serve shabu-shabu traditionally and we would like to name a few of them.
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This restaurant offers an all you can eat buffet. It’s very close to the Shibuya Station so you won’t have trouble finding it, the interior is absolutely contemporary with sensu fans decorating the walls. Depending on your group you can get a private room and eat as much shabu-shabu and drink to your heart’s content for 2 hours. The establishment offers a lot of interesting cocktails most notable are Korean makkoli and Hochu. Help yourself with some excellent Chinese style Yamakurage a type of dried stem lettuce and bangbangji. After you had some you can choose anything from the cart. Try to get coupons for this place as they can offer one person a free meal which will save your group’s money like no other restaurant.
Nowhere in Tokyo can you can find a restaurant like Butagami! They are famous for their branded pork, unlike anything you ever tasted it’s slightly more tender than regular and easier on the eye. With thinly sliced pieces you can be sure that your shabu-shabu will really stand out. This 60 years old long-standing double story freestanding traditional house will let you feast on exquisite premium cutlets. The bread is simply magnificent coming from a family secret recipe passed down through generations owning the restaurant. Worcestershire sauce is absolutely amazing to try out. By the way, the restaurant is owned by a butcher so you know there is good meat involved.
Address: 106-0032, 2F, 7-5-11 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Business Hours: 11:30-14:30/18:00-23:30
Phone number: +81 3-5770-4821
Official website http://www.butagumi.com/
It’s apparent by now that shabu is really good but where is that special restaurant hiding which always offers best high-quality shabu-shabu when someone doesn’t care about the price. Well, Zakuro Nihonbashi is exactly that but more. Treat yourself and your friends at Zakuro Nihonbashi restaurant for some excellent shabu-shabu. The restaurant has remarkable wooden clad private rooms so your privacy is guaranteed, and don’t worry about working hours since the bar is open late into the night. What you may notice here which is different are the ornate copper nabe pots for cooking which have been delicately engineered by the restaurant and have been used for 60 years, apart from that the two sauces available sesame and ponzu are homemade and are absolutely delightful especially when used on Zakuro’s especially thinly slices of Wangu Beef. Bon Appetit.
Name: Zakuro Nihonbashi
Address: B1 Shin Nihonbashi Bldg., 3-8-2 Nihombashi Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Business hours: 11:00-15:30/17:00 – 22:00
Phone number:+81 3-3271-3791
While you perhaps maybe familiar with Michelin as purveyors of tires you might be surprised to know that they have a guidebook for some of the oldest restaurants available. Their awards are considered great privileges and no easy feats to accomplish. The Imafuku restaurant in Tokyo has been recognized with the Michelin award and it ’s well deserved being that the restaurant in question offers superb service! Quality Wagyu beef is readily available and in top quality, since the restaurant is owned by meat wholesalers you are guaranteed to taste some excellent Shabu Shabu. The restaurant can a house up to 60 guests but make reservations none the less as it can get crowded especially on weekends!
Address: 108-0072, 1-12-19, Shirokane, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Working hours: 17:00～24:00
Official website: http://www.kuroge-wagyu.com/if/top_e.html
5.Ginza Shabutsu Yoshinosasa
Shabutsu Yoshinosasa is an agreeable friendly Japanese Shabu-Shabu restaurant which takes pride in its impeccable legacy and the perfect panoramic view of Marunouchi and Ginza. Here you can have the most ideal business meeting or romantic date due to the establishment’s high ceiling and excellent view. Here guests don’t have to worry about making their own shabu shabu as the serving staff serves specialized steamed shabu shabu. This steam shabu towers over exquisite organically grown vegetables which in turn really bring out the taste in the meat. Shabutsu Yoshinosasa has their own original sesame sauce combined with over twenty kinds of spices deriving from traditional ponzu citrus sauce. With the various forms of courses and excellent types of meat and wagyu beef including chicken and ox tongue, Shabutsu Yoshinosasa is that perfect blend of style and tradition you need to visit.
Name: Ginza Shabutsu Yoshinosasa
Address: 104-0061, 12F Maronie Gate, 2-2-14 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Working hours: 11:00-15:30/17:30-23:00
Another affordable restaurant chain in Tokyo where you can fulfill all of your Shabu Shabu Cravings is Dontei. Here you can have a variety of courses but also try to enjoy taking a single shabu-shabu course directly from the cart. You can bring your whole family along as menus for children include baby food as well. You can participate in an all you can eat buffet starting from the lunch menu at 5 pm and have a decent 2-hour shabu-shabu course served at seats with 110 grams of meat, rice, and toppings and not overspend your afternoon budget, oh and have as many vegetables as you like!
Address: 164-0001, 5-59-8, Nakano, Nakano-ku, Tokyo
Working hours: Monday – Sunday Lunch: 11:00 – 16:00
Monday – Sunday Dinner: 16:00 – 24:00(L.O.23:15)
Phone number: 03-5318-0240 (+81-3-5318-0240)
Ginza Rangetsu has been a part of Ginza ever since WWII, in time its popularly became an indicator for Ginza. For over 70 years Ginza Rangetsu has been providing pristine service, pleasant hospitality, and fine cuisine.Apart from the excellent Wagyu beef for which the master chef carefully selects the right ingredients which is not an easy task. However apart from great service and fine food what does restaurant can offer which the other’s cant is letting you reserve a private alcove where you can for yourself and discover great shabu-shabu combinations. The restaurant is located opposite of the Matsuya Department store and an equally elegant establishment.
Name: Ginza Rangetsu
Address: 104-0061, 3-5-8, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Working hours: 11:30-22:00
Phone number: +81 50-5868-3308
If you have never been inside a shabu-shabu restaurants check out our other articles on how to order properly in shabu-shabu restaurants. A quick tip is not to leave anything on your plate as this is considered as disrespectful to the chef, so bring friends along to finish each other’s meal just in case. All of these restaurants are different in prices and service so do try a few of them before permanently settling on one. Bon Appetit!
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