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Shabu House
Shabu House

Shabu House

8.49 reviews
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Asian/Pacific, Japanese, Sushi
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1150 Paloma Ave, Burlingame, CA 94010
(650) 558-8800
http://myshabuhouse.com/portfolio/shabu-house-burlingame/
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Local from Redwood City, California, USA

Always get the all you can eat. Leave fat & happy. They'll probably need to wheel you out but it'll be totally worth it.

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Local from Santa Clara

Another great alternative to the very popular and often crowded Shabuway. I might even slightly prefer Shabu House over Shabuway for reasons below.

- The restaurant is much bigger with lots of long tables to accommodate large party. Getting a table here is easy and they also take reservations.

- More broth choice. They have spicy miso, ginger chicken, vegetable broth on top of regular water. Although I don't find any of the broth really add much flavor to the meat, it is still good to have more to choose from.

- Happy hour (5-6pm) every day and all you can eat (+ drink) options available all the time. Shabuway only have all you can eat promotion occasionally.

- More non beef options. They have Lamb and Pork available on top of beef. Both are of good quality. You can even get a combo plate with two kinds of meat.

- Free dessert. The green tea and red bean ice cream are actually not bad at all.

If only the quality of the beef is better, this place would really replace Shabuway as my go-to hot pot restaurant. Unfortunately, Shabuway's American Kobe beef is still fattier and more flavorful. Shabuway's sesame dipping sauce is also superior to Shabu House.

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San Francisco, California, USA

All you can eat = good. All you can drink = even better. For a party of nearly 20-30 people for a friend's birthday, we surely took advantage. The place is very clean and the tables were huge and accommodating for a group of our size. I had no clue at first how to take part in this practice of Japanese style fondue. I got the hang of it soon enough. First up was the veggie plate. Got those babies soaking in our pot of ginger chicken broth. Pretty good. The best part was the meat. Oh man, the meat! Nice thinly sliced pieces of kobe beef *drools*. Went through 2 and a half plates of those. I alternated between eating and taking sake bombs with the birthday girl and our friends. Crazy price of $50+ per person because of the all you can eat and drink combo, but with a tolerance like mine, that's just about right. The staff was very nice and checked on us frequently. One of them even showed me their secret stash of extra straws, napkins and chopsticks since I was sitting at the end of the table. So, the verdict? This shabeezy's off the heezy fo sheezy!

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SF Bay Area, Western US

Well, since the Sushi popularity trend has been blossoming for decades, and Rocky Aoki put Teppanyaki all over America with his Benihana chain, the next three restaurant types that are emerging in the US in Japanese cuisine popularity are:

1. Shabu Shabu
2. Ramen
3. Izakaya

Of course, all of these have been around for a long time in one form or another, on a small, individual scale. Every college student with a dorm hot plate or hot water has known instant Ramen for decades. And every American probably went into a Japanese restaurant that had izakaya styled small dishes, but always ordered the large Bento combo and didn't know what that other stuff was, except strange Japanese stuff.

But Shabu Shabu has emerged because it has a lot of forces behind it, to wit:

A. Americans love their beef, and have learned to appreciate it sliced thin
B. Other Asian cultures, like the Chinese, Korean and even Vietnamese, have similar traditional dishes
C. There are a growing number of Asians in America, particular on the coasts, and they have a lot of friends, being from cultures that are family and group oriented, and big on networking and connections.

So its seems that particularly in the past 5 years, Shabu Shabu has become a dining choice for many. I know in my case, I wasn't a big fan long ago, being raised on Sukiyaki, migrating to Korean BBQ, and only recently moving to Shabu Shabu. Now I have it once a week at home. It is easy to make, fun, social, interactive, and your food is always served hot!

A large group of us converged here at Shabu House because it was a birthday party for a beautiful Vietnamese friend. I used to live in Burlingame, not too far from this restaurant, and shopped and dined on Broadway often. This restaurant is just off Broadway. The building has been many things through the years, including American, Chinese, etc. The place looks small as you approach it from Broadway, but it is huge, with a main dining room seating perhaps 75 people, and then 2 or more back rooms that can seat another 100 at least.

Our party had a back room that could handle at least 25 - 40, and our party was somewhere between 15 - 25 (some came in waves, it wasn't the sake I drank that blurs the memory!)

The place was packed and busy with families, couples, other large groups. They don't have the individual hot pots like some other smaller Shabu Shabu places, but have in-table units to share between every 2 or 4 diners.

You get a choice of what type of broth you want (spicy, miso, water, etc) and a good range of meat options, including lamb. The reason why this place is so popular is that you can get a small Kobe beef for around $16, and a large one for just under $20. Of course, this is not true Kobe beef from Kobe, which is prohibitively expensive (I had Kobe Beef Shabu Shabu in Japan, luckily expensed to entertain honored clients. It was very expensive!).

Service was good, although challenging to handle large groups that trickle in and out, so I commend our server.

They have a great choice of sake, including several sizes of bottles, perfect for groups.

Caution: the meat slicer gets backed up on weekends, so you might wait a long time to get your Kobe beef, so load up on the veggies or you'll starve waiting.

If you are looking for a fun social time with a group of family and friends, this is a great choice on the upper peninsula. I wouldn't recommend it for a date, there are much better choices, even in this genre.

For me, I would come back when I visit my old neighborhood. But like I said, I eat Shabu Shabu regularly at home, once or twice a week, and I don't have to wait for the meat slicer to catch up to my order.

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San Francisco, California, USA

On a cold drizzly evening, hot pot is what would warm the body...and the soul...and with the right company, the heart. Shabu House has a nice variety of meats on offer. Soup base options are quite delicious. When busy, service might be less attentive but come on, when shabuing, you are in your own world of meat dipping over lively conversations. Prices are reasonable and a HUGE deal for those who can all you can drink AND eat(within two hour's time).

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