Do Shabu-Shabu restaurants exist at all in Arlington or nearby? I ate at an awesome place in Boston a few years back but haven’t seen anything similar in the DC area. Closest thing I found was a Blue Ocean Japanese restaurant that would try to cater to you if wanted shabu-shabu, but since it wasn’t the specialty of the place it was more of an afterthought and wasn’t even close to the real thing.
Never seen any shabu shabu in the US before. You can buy the sauces at asian markets though.
These are the closest places.
I was having a good time reading this post, and then ….. Novasteve.
>These are the closest places.
I’ve done those sort of searches, but they aren’t terribly helpful. The Melting Pot is one of the results, for example. Not exactly what I was hoping to find. As far as I can tell the actual Asian restaurants that come up don’t specialize in it, but have some form of it on the menu- not really what I want though.
This is the place I ate at in Boston which was awesome-
They actually specialized in shabu shabu and didn’t really have anything else on the menu, which is what I am really looking for. Seems like they don’t exist in the DC area.
If you have access to a time machine, The Japan Inn in Georgetown used to specialize in shabu-shabu before it closed in 2005. I can’t think of any place that’s picked up the slack full-time (although I’m sure I’ve seen it at some of the Korean places around Annandale).
Tachibana in McLean has shabu shabu. I haven’t had it, and it’s not their specialty, but they are a very good Japanese restaurant, so I would give them a shot.
If you want something similar, but not Japanese, you could try Mala Tang in VA Sq. They do a good Chinese Seshuan (sp?) hot pot. They have the thin sliced beef that you cook in boiling broth, etc.
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