Shabu Shabu Restaurant (極道涮涮鍋) is located in Continental Plaza (置地廣場), right across from Pearl Castle. Shabu Shabu features individual hot pot with a variety of flavoured soup bases such as Spicy, Satay, Kimchi, Barbecue, Japanese Sukiyaki, Miso, Curry, and much more. Offering combos with different choices of fresh meats, seafood, vegetables, and assorted shabu shabu side dishes such as fish balls, fried tofu, lobster ball, tempura, shrimp dumplings, meat balls, and more varieties in store.
We bought the $39 Groupon for 2 hotpot combos and went tonight. The meat, drinks, and desserts were great, and service was fast, but we were not served the veggie plates and chef's choice side dishes.
We did not discover these major omissions until we got home and checked on the Groupon site ourselves, so shame on us for failing to read the deal completely before we went, but you'd think that the restaurant would have remembered, considering that this was not the first day/night they served this Groupon deal of theirs, and all the other diners around us were being served the Groupon deals correctly and in full.
So my experience is quite disappointing, to say the least.
BEING SERVED HALF THE ADVERTISED DEAL IS NOT WORTH THE $10 TIP WE LEFT.
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...
I think they were trying to mean professional when they came up with the name for this place. Obviously Chinese and not Japanese owned because they are calling themselves Yakuza.
It's average for your own personal hot pot.
It's just the name that bugs me. I keep checking over my shoulder in case some Japanese guy in a red Addidas jumpsuit wants me to go to the kitchen in the back.......