Now that spinach has been deemed a performance-enhancing vegetable, Popeye's future shortstop career hinges on his transition to kimchee. Get a sailor's worth of energizing pan-Asian cuisine with today's deal: for $15, you get $30 worth of pan-Asian fare at Shabu-Ya Restaurant in Cambridge.
Shabu-Ya serves healthy and flavorful Asian dishes in a fun, modern atmosphere. Diners embark on a culinary cross-country jaunt with appetizers like savory seafood pancakes with scallop, squid, and shrimp ($12.95), or sautéed beef tongue ($8.95) for the bold delicacy-seeker. The main course sports traditional shabu-shabu, or hot pot cooking, a glue-free do-it-yourself approach to entrees that lets diners cook pieces of thin-sliced meat, seafood, and vegetables in their choice of broth. Swish and swirl slices of Black Angus rib eye steak ($16.95), garden-fresh veggies ($12.95), or surfs and turfs ($20.95) in savory broth, or upgrade to other flavors for an additional charge ($1.50 to $3). Those preferring to have chef-cooked food can sample kitchen entrees like chili-marinated pork bulgoki ($14.95), or skip cooking altogether and sample sushi bar delicacies ($11.95 to $23.95), such as the rainbow maki ($10.95) or red dragon maki ($13.95).
Shabu-Ya's cheerful interior puts diners in the middle of a pot of shabu-shabu without the discomfort of broth-induced scalding. Pull up an ultrafuturistic, mod-style stool at the sushi bar, or relax on a brightly colored lounge couch beneath bubble-like light fixtures.
Continuing an age-old Japanese culinary tradition, Shabu-Ya specializes in shabu-shabu, or hot pot––a modern take on the steaming soups historically eaten by Genghis Khan and his armies. The café's sleekly modern interior is designed to evoke the colors and shapes of this signature dish, from vegetable-green couches to round hanging lights that recall bubbles in boiling broth. Meals can begin with seaweed-encircled sushi while diners decide which meats and veggies to simmer in a choice of shabu-shabu broths such as Korean kimchi and vegetarian mushroom. Kitchen specials also offer Black Angus rib eye or chili-marinated pork bulgoki to build hearty hot pots, and are flavorful ways to change up an all-mayonnaise diet.
57 JFK St.
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138