Tends to get crowded during peak dinner time. Not much on the menu besides raw beef and fresh veggies which you cook in a boiling pot of water. Since the food is cooked in boiling water, my clothes *don't* end up smelling like food at the end of the meal. They have two dipping sauces which comes with your entree - both sauces are very good. One tastes like a less-salty version of soy. The other sauce has a peanutty taste. I would recommend trying them out. They have another location in Mtn View on Castro.
Good fun, a nice break from San Mateo's many great sushi restaurants, and reasonably priced. Get the lean beef, and expect to have vegs left over. Good ponzu sauce, high tech decor.
I found the ESPN-everywhere offputting, and the food takes a while considering that we do most of the work. Still, staff is nice and (increasingly) attentive after a few weeks of breaking-in.
I'm from the LA area and went to this highly overrated shabu shabu house in Little Tokyo, but this place is SOOOOOOO much better. The lunch menu was especially cheap, the large was only $11 and came with a very large and lean portion of beef with a great healthy sized portion of vegetables, carrots, tofu & udon noodles. The sesame sauce is delicious, and the restaurant also has a nice lighting and charm to it. I can't wait to go back!
Shabuway is new to Mountain View, and it is popular. The restaurant has a red formica bar that traverses the entire restaurant, with stainless steel pots of boiling water inset into the counter in front of each seat. You cook the food in these pots of steaming broth, and there is a container with a ladle thingy to discard the beef or fish fat from the top of your broth. I didn't realize this until I watched others. It is not that intuitive -- you can figure out how to cook your food, but they don't offer any advice on the proper way to do it, which it appears that there is. The menu choices are limited. For dinner in mountain view, I was given only three options: Prime rib; Eel; or Vegetables. The beef was high grade and cut carpaccio thin. I would have probably liked it more raw with some olive oil, but the shabu shabu was good. They serve dinners with a bowl of rice; two sauces, one peanut and the other like a rice vinegar/soy mixture; and a complimentary vegetable platter, with enoki mushrooms, cabbage, spinach, and thick noodles. There are several condiments to fix the broth, garlic and hot oil, etc. The meal was alright, but the fun part was cooking the food in the inset broth pot. The service was slow. I would go back again, especially to try the vegetable entree. Final note: They have only beer and sake and I like neither. 2.7
Great place to go for high quality Shabu Shabu. Menu is limited, but selection available is perfect. Portions are large and reasonably priced. The only drawback is the long wait time and limited staff members.
The food here is simple, delicious and healthy. This is my favorite shabu shabu restaurant on the peninsula. the limited menu provides focus and allows the restaurant to deliver a consistent, high quality meal - thinly sliced beef, bok choy, spinich, shitake mushroon, carots, enoki mushrooms and udon noodles -- all to be cooked in front of you in a boiling pot of water. The restuarant is very clean (much cleaner than other places) and guest have a choice of sitting at the counter or at small tables. i personally prefer the counter because everyone then gets their own boiling pot. the pricing here is also very reasonable (~$13) for the standard size portion and a few dollars more for a larger beef portion. this is one of my older daughter's (7 years old) favorite restaurants.
note: other items are available on the menu - california rolls, chicken teriaki, japanese dumplings etc, which are OK, but nothing to write home about. the key attraction is Shabu Shabu meal.