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Restaurant Review: Shabuya Shabu Shabu

By Wednesday, March 07, 2012 , , , ,

Was on a shabu shabu streak some time ago and visited 2 shabu places in a span of a week. The other was at Shabu No Koya (read about it here). S convinced me to skip my yoga class to have lunch with him at Vivo (how fatty right?). We usually end up eating at Kim Gary's  because we are lazy to pick from the many other options (i love their pork chop baked rice!). However, it's lunch hour and most restaurants offer lunch sets so we decided to explore other options.

Shabuya Shabu Shabu caught our attention because S was craving for something soupy and Jap (what else is there other than shabu shabu right?). Their set lunch ranges from $15.90 - $23.90 and the second person gets the same set at a mere $9.90! Such a bargain. Seriously, $23.90 for Wagyu Beef shabu is darn cheap but $9.90 is simply mind blowing.
Our set came with Wagyu Beef, Chicken, salad, vegetable platter and rice/udon. The beef portion is not a lot but surprisingly we were pretty satisfied. A typical Wagyu Beef set (without the lunch deal) would be $33.90 but i suppose they will give you more beef?

The other lunch sets include the normal beef shabu, chicken shabu and kurobuta pork shabu. While eating, we figured there is actually no point in having wagyu beef shabu because the meat is too thinly sliced and will be boiled in soup anyway. Tip to eating Wagyu beef is to have it in steak form or for yakiniku. You can never go wrong with BBQ wagyu beef. Most decadent bbq you can have EVER.
The stock is very simple, a pork broth and another soy sauce stock. The pork broth wasn't flavorful at all and was in fact pretty bland. We ended up cooking most of our meat in the soy sauce stock to give the food some additional flavoring. The ponzu sauce was pretty mild. I would like mine with more tang. Would be good if there are other sauces available for dipping as the meats can be quite bland.
Quite a lot of stuff in our vegetable platter. Mushrooms, cabbage, corn, raddish etc.
Shabuya also has other items on their full menu i.e. Seafood steamboat, Sashimi, Tempura, Dons and the usual Japanese desserts. It's not a bad place for lunch for you working peeps in the area (since it's so cheap). I was thoroughly stuffed after the meal but we still managed some space for ice cream! So yea, it's ok to give it a try if you are sick of your usual options. Go for the normal beef shabu for extra savings.

Shall work on a new rating system. Will keep it simple using a 5 point scale. :)) Shall have a picture rating system soon. 

Food: 3/5 Average (will eat this if i don't have a particular craving and if it's convenient. Then again, jpot does a better steamboat lunch set at a similar price.)
Service: 3/5 Average
Ambience: 3/5 Average (what a typical restaurant should have).

Shabuya Shabu Shabu
#01-102/03, Vivocity
1 Harbourfront Walk
Tel: +65 6377 0070
Weekdays: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 9.30pm
Weekends & PH: 11.30 am – 9.30pm

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