Shabu Shabu Bar
Santa Ana, CA 92705
- Sun-Thu 5:30pm-10pm, Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm, Fri-Sat 5:30pm-11pm
- Lot Available
OC Weekly's Description
You either buy the idea of shabu shabu, or you don't. If you do, though, you'll find Shabu Shabu Bar rises to the top like the meats you'll boil. Nippy nights are the busiest, often with waits as long as an hour. Tissue-thin meatsâmostly of the bovine variety, from rib-eye to the excessively exorbitant Kobe, but also including chicken and shrimpâare fanned out like petals to be plucked and swished around in roiling pots of water. The particularly carnivorous should attempt the Yokozuna, a $50 mountain of meat that looks much like those giant papier-mÃ¢chÃ© volcanos kids make for grade-school science projects. Another thing that endears the place to its fans: For a DIY joint, you get more service at Shabu Shabu Bar than you would at a normal sit-down. Servers skim the scum from your pot, mix your sauces, serve rice, make conversation, and even prepare your noodle soup with the now-flavorful water once you've finished cooking your meat. If anything, this might even silence any remaining shabu shabu naysayers for good.
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check yelp for printable coupons. they usually have buy one entree get second entree 1/2 off. they charge 18% gratuity tho.
Yell when u walk in. It's the only way someone will acknowledge u. Hostess is useless n rude.
The restaurant has happy hour specials from 5:30-6:30 p.m., but on Wednesday, there is a special happy hour if you first check in on Yelp or Facebook. It's worth it – lots of free sake
Blow on the tofu before eating it or u might get burned!
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