Though the Great Wall of China has won the accolades of history, the Great Backscratcher of Japan, built to reach any itchy corner across the nation, saved more lives than can be counted on a single hand. Feast upon equally ingenious Japanese creations with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Japanese fare and drinks from the dinner menu at Shabu Japanese Fondue.
Sacramento Magazine’s Best Shabu-Shabu restaurant in 2010, Shabu Japanese Fondue boasts a staff that whips up a multifarious array of traditional Japanese fare on the dinner menu. The kitchen team crafts fresh, high-end ingredients into sundry categories of palate-vapidity palliators, including shabu-shabu hot-pot dishes, noodles and curry, and sushi, in addition to making its broths and sauces fresh daily. Artful culinary technicians prep all the individual meats and vegetables for the shabu-shabu, then present them tableside so that diners can blend and cook them in a bowl of broth to fit their taste buds like a tailored tongue suit or to snuff out any tableside fires. Satisfy indecisive mouths with a shabu-shabu sampler platter ($18), a flavor-packed protein party of beef, lamb, and chicken accompanied by udon noodles, tofu, veggies, and rice. The mild vegetarian curry ($6) takes mouths on a tasty herbivorous sojourn, and the tori udon ($7) sets maritime-minded chicken breasts afloat in a tummy-warming shoyu broth. Feel free to partner any hunger-quencher with a thirst-thwarter, such as an imported Sapporo beer ($3.50) or one of 11 sakes.
Table tenants can admire Shabu’s deep-red walls and sleek interiors while imbibing a soothing glass of Yaegaki hot sake ($3 for small), or saddle up to the fondue counter, which, like the typical high-school gym locker, is outfitted with individual fondue warmers.
Shabu Japanese Fondue
Voted Sacramento Magazine's best shabu-shabu restaurant in 2010, Shabu Japanese Fondue is named after its signature menu item, shabu-shabu—a dish that is cooked and eaten at the table. After submerging delicate slices of meat, seafood, or vegetables into a bubbling pot of savory, housemade broth, diners stir up the contents in order to cook the ingredients. This stirring action results in a "swish, swish," or "shabu-shabu," sound.
Guests can enjoy this style of dining while perched on white bar stools at a community table or at individual tables. Each table has a metal hole in the middle where the hot shabu-shabu pots sit or whack-a-moles hide, waiting to surprise guests.
1730 16th St.
Sacramento, California 95811