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Ken6RBurnabySince November 11, 20092 Reviews
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Gokudo Shabu Shabu Restaurant3779 Sexsmith Road, Unit 2133, Richmond
2- Mediocre
Submitted Friday, February 22, 2013 - 8:38pm [Dine in]

Let's discuss what a shabu shabu (personal hot pot) place should not have:

1. Waitresses watching the TV. In my books, the waitresses should be facing the customers at all times and never at the TV.
2. Extremely thin-sliced meats that break. In my case, chicken slices - lots of slices but super thin. I couldn't even grab them from the plate raw without them breaking. Never mind after they get cooked...
3. A very short and standard of ingredients for the sauce "assigned" to you. Nothing is optional. You cannot specify additions nor was I offered any, spicy or non, more of this and less of that, etc.
4. Ice cream offered arrives in the form of a popsicle.
5. Waitresses misting cleaner onto the counter while there is food right beside the space they are trying to clean.
6. Standard prices, but egg not included? Not to mention the amount of veggies given seems to be a bit less than other places. If this is a direct result of prior customers not even touching their veggies, I and anyone who are actually hungry are very disappointed in you.

This one is more of an opinion than a fact:
-I really don't care to have a TV in the establishment I'm dining at. TV's in restaurant is an Asia thing. If they are going for the Asian feel, they've hit it spot on.

I don't think there can be any pros this place can offer that can outweigh the above cons. I've been there three times over the last year and half and it has gotten worse every time. The only reason we went there was my favorite shabu shabu in Burnaby is closed on Wednesdays and I wanted to go for a drive. And so, the search for a backup continue...

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Pearl Hot Pot7154 Sperling Avenue, Burnaby
Hot Pot Season is in full effect!!
Submitted Tuesday, November 10, 2009 - 7:30pm [Dine in]

Fall is here - time for hot pot!!

This is the only place I can always count on to have a good hot pot experience with its good food and quick and friendly service. Its Shabu Shabu, so everyone has their own little pot so no need to pass this and that plate of whatever around with communal chopsticks.

You order your meat of choice and it comes with a plate of veggies with prawn in it, and then you choose between udon, rice, or vermicelli, a drink (plum juice or fruit punch), and a choice of chocolate or vanilla ice-cream at the end. (They used to have slush for drink and also strawberry frozen yogurt but I haven't found out what happened to those).

You can also add sides to it, like shrimp balls, pork blood, more taro, etc for $2 or $3/each.

Even though I'm the type that can pig out at an all-you-can-eat and out eat my friends, this is way more satisfying. Lamb Pot is what I normally order and at $13.95 its very good value and quite filling with the vegetables they give, but I usually add a couple of sides to it like meat and pork blood.

The inside is like a typical taiwanese restaurant. There are 6 or so tables good for parties of 4 and then the bar that's good for about 30 people that wraps around the aisle where the waitresses walks to serve everyone.

Now that winter is here, be sure to make reservations or you'll be watching people eating for an hour before they can seat you!! If you see the windows steamed up then that means you got there too late!!

PS - You can tell a lot about someone across the room by the way they eat their ice-cream.

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