$150 Shabu Shabu, is it worth it?

Next up on my bucket list is a restaurant that I just found out about while watching TabiEats.  The place is called Shabu-Shabu Kyu and is located in the Tokyo Metro area.

SHABU-SHABU KYU – 2F Nishiazabu NK Building,1-4-43,Nishiazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo


In the videos, they start out with 3 appetizer dishes, very small portions, but very Japanese.  One was a Niku Jaga, which I didn’t recognize because it is made completely different from what I am used to seeing.  The next dish was a Deep Fried Burdock.  The 3rd was fresh raw Bonito.  They described it as not being fishy at all which is a surprise because it is the main fish used for making Katsuobushi; better known as Bonito Flakes.  These 3 dishes tend to change per month, so expect any combination of Japanese goodness to be your appetizer depending on what month you decide to go.

The main course consists of different Wagyu cuts of meat cooked in the tradition Shabu-Shabu (Swish-Swish) style.


Shabu-shabu C 15000yen

◇ roasted beef salad
◇ three kinds of assorted plate
◇ sushi beef for 2 pieces
◇ Miyazaki beef sirloin (120g)
◇ home vegetables assorted plate
◇ sauce and spices
◇ Shabu Q original four kinds of dish as closing
◇ dessert of the day

※Shabu Q original four kinds of rice as closing

dandan noodles
fried rice
black curry rice
beef don

With the meat and vegetables coming out of Kyushu, you can be rest assured that all the ingredients will be premium.

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The final part of the meal is the dessert.  They show up with a cart and these following ingredients:

  • Strawberries in a strawberry sauce
  • Egg yolks
  • Cream
  • Liquid Nitrogen

Yes, they will make your ice cream on the spot and you get to enjoy the show as the server hand whisks the ingredients together.

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This is definitely on my Bucket List although at $150 a person, I think it’ll be a little bit down the road for us.

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