J' Shabu - CLOSED
Aurora, CO 80014
Glide a near-translucent slip of beef through a deep vessel of gurgling broth, and the sound you'll hear is shabu shabu, a swooshing hiss that's heard often at J'Shabu, a superb Japanese restaurant. Shabu shabu is a do-it-yourself proposition, a little like fondue. A server equips you with a burner, a pot of broth -- water with kale, miso, sweet soy or fish stock -- plus meats, seafood, noodles and a beautiful drift of vegetables. Drop the vegetables in first to flavor the broth, then quickly sweep the beef through the liquid, holding tight with your chopsticks all the while. Shabu shabu: It's the secret Japanese word for happiness.
Yum yum!!! This is a lot more popular style of Japanese dining in California, but moving to Denver necessitated finding a shabu shabu restaurant. From what I know, this is the only one locally... And, thankfully, it's amazingly tast-tastic! It's fun, the food is great, and four people can eat a wonderful meal for around an $80 check. Start with edamame, then order your meal, have... More >>
Yum yum!!! This is a lot more popular style of Japanese dining in California, but moving to Denver necessitated finding a shabu shabu restaurant. From what I know, this is the only one locally... And, thankfully, it's amazingly tast-tastic! It's fun, the food is great, and four people can eat a wonderful meal for around an $80 check. Start with edamame, then order your meal, have some sake, and get a couple scoops of green tea ice cream when you're all done. If you've never had shabu shabu before, it's kind of the Japanese equivilant of fondu. You sit at a counter top with a personal burner and a pot. Then the waitstaff comes around to help you through the process. You choose a broth and a meat, and then the fun begins. A plate of fresh veggies and noodles is brought out, along with a plate of your meat choice (thinly sliced to perfection). At this point, your broth should be boiling as you select some veggies and meat to cook. Pick it up with your chopsticks, toss it in the pot, swish it around ("shabu shabu" means "swish swish"), once it's cooked to your personal preference, you dip it in ponzu sauce and pop it in your mouth for one of the most succulent tastes you've ever had. And, if for some reason your dinner conversation is lagging, then you have the actual cooking for entertainment. And, if you are not exactly a pro with your chopsticks, then you're in for dinner and a show. Cheers!
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Not my favorite dwaeji bulgogi.
Excellent food, atmosphere, and service. Make sure to go there when you are really hungry, huge portions!!!!
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