Kushi Shabu is located in Little Tokyo. I'm really bad with directions but it's in the same plaza as Curry House, Kinokuniya Bookstore, and Orochon Ramen. It's on the third floor.
J. and I passed by this place while we were choosing where to eat because we didn't want to eat Curry House/Ramen all the time. We ended up arguing over places to eat because neither of us could decide so we opted on Curry House again. After our 5 min. argument, we both agreed that we would go to Kushi Shabu next time we were around.
So the time finally came...
They have several different choices from the all you can eat menu. We just ordered the $27 per person Shabu and I remember seeing that they even had a premium beef that cost $45. J said we would try that next time since everyone at the table has to get the same choice if eating all you can eat.
Our waiter was really nice and adorable. He always smiled and was very very nice and just looking at him smile really made my day for some reason. Rarely do you ever see someone with that kind of attitude at work.
You get the plate of vegetables, udon, and they even gave us mochi!
Pot of boiling water that you dip your meat in. I forgot to take pictures of the sauce. There's two sauces; one is sesame sauce, and the other is a citrus soy sauce called, "ponzu."
This was the beef. I have to admit it was better then I expected at only $27 pp. They cut the beef paper thin though but I didn't mind. J did though so I told him to cook two at once. The only problem I had was with their consistency. The first round of meat was delicious, the second round it was lacking a lot, and the third round got a little better.
They even served dessert afterwards which I hated. My taste buds didn't like brown sugar, red bean and fruits mixed together.
I enjoyed this place and if I ever had cravings for Shabu Shabu I would definitely come back here again. I don't agree with a lot of the reviews for this place because you're only paying $27 for all you can eat! It's a great deal and they should get more credit for it!
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