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Shabu Shabu Bar

1945 E. 17th St., Ste. 108 Santa Ana, CA 92705 | Santa Ana | 714-954-0332

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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 meats—mostly of the bovine variety, from rib-eye to the excessively exorbitant Kobe, but also including chicken and shrimp—are 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-mâché 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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  • Cuisine(s): Japanese
  • Hours: Sun-Thu 5:30pm-10pm, Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm, Fri-Sat 5:30pm-11pm
  • Price: $$
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Parking: Lot Available

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