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Shabusen Yakiniku House

755 Burrard St, Unit 202
Vancouver, BC V6Z1X6
Tel: (604) 669-3883
Neighbourhood: Central
  • Cuisine: Asian, Barbeque, Hot pot, Japanese, Korean, Sushi
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Service: Takeout
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Buffet
  • Hours: Mon - Sun: 11AM - 2:30PM & 5PM - 10:30PM
  • Shabusen Yakiniku House offers an one-of-a-kind interactive dining experience! Tables are equipped with stove tops where you can cook your own food in two different and unique styles - Korean barbecue and Japanese Shabu Shabu (Hot Pot). The restaurant specializes in an All-You-Can-Eat menu which features the perfect combination of both delicious sushi and mouth-watering barbecue. A-La-Carte menu is also available.


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Not good, Not bad.
By FoodScavenger of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 8, 2007 - 2:10am [Dine in]

Been there many times, I never had problems with the food, although I agree that the SERVICE is POOR and needs more work. If you are really concerned about getting your money's worth, then come with a empty stomach. Unless you don't eat a lot, then... that's your problem. Overall, I like this restaurant and will go eat there once in a while or on special occasions....
If you are planning to go there, just make reservations before hand because it's usually packed during dinner times on weekends.

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Good bang for your buck!
By uberjeanie of Coal Harbour, Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 25, 2007 - 1:11am [Dine in]

Shabusen is a regular hangout for hubby and I - we like doing the BBQ pit on the weekends. For AYCE, it has high quality salmon and tuna nigiri, and the food usually comes pretty quick, even when the restaurant is busy.

I did go during lunch this week with some coworkers and they were a bit slow with bringing us our soda. They do occasionally forget the rice but are quick to make up for it.

For what you pay for, this place is pretty damn good.

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By mysterious of surrey (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 4, 2007 - 12:27am [Dine in]

Very good AYCE krn bbq. The service is alright themselves. The boss is not so nice. I hate places that force you to pay tip and this is one of those places =S It is usually very crowded so make reservations or you will have to wait for at least an hour for a table like I have many times.

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Jap and Korean in the mix!!!
By babipedes of Lougheed (5 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 17, 2006 - 11:44pm [Dine in]

Shabusen is my favorite place to enjoy japanese buffet in downtown.

Gave 4 for it, which is the same as my best sushi place because they got pretty broad selection from sashimi, sushi AND outstandingly, they got korean BBQ on the mix as well from the choice of beef, chicken, pork, lamb etc.. They got dessert as well to close everything.

The service is fairly satisfying, Eventhough sometimes it's hard to call the waiter and the food took a LITTLE bit long to come, but they got waiting seat outside, so that people can wait patiently. Actually, for buffet place the service it is not so bad compare than other place..

For buffet place, probably 3 is the best rating I can give. The restaurant is quite big, so the crowd would not be matter

They only got one rate for dinner time. Well, I recommend them to have late-night rate :) FYI, they got lunch menu rate as well, which is not bad.. I gave them 4 rate on overall because they got great selection of food from jap to korean~~ great for those who wanna enjoy those foods at once.

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One of my worst experiences ever.
By Steph of van (8 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 24, 2005 - 1:48pm [Dine in]

This place was a massive disappointment. The service is horrid! We had at least 5 different servers, and they couldn't answer any of my questions about some of the food. It bills itself as a Korean-Japanese restaurant, but there was not much Korean about the Korean dishes I ordered. I had the kimchi-pork stew (one of my favorite dishes in Korea) but the broth was sweet as was the pork; it was horrible. It seemed like the manager and all of the servers are Chinese, which makes this place feel even more like just a mish-mash of Asian food, with none of the dishes being authentic at all.

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Not that hot!!
By scaly of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 21, 2007 - 3:07pm [Dine in]

Went there 3 weeks ago with 12 people.

Service was extremely slow .. maybe because it was full and on a Saturday night. Food was ok ... two of us had the Chicken Bento box(didn't feel well later in the weekend .. maybe the chicken was well cooked or the salad/california rolls weren't handled properly).
The others had All - You - Can -Eat .. don't think they ate enough for what they paid.

Definitely not going back there .. not worth the value of money even with the All - You - Can -Eat.

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A big disappointment
By elite_banana of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, January 4, 2011 - 12:10am [Dine in]

I made reservations for 8 for this place under my name.
I arrived at the place with half my group, the server asked for my name, crossed it off the list then led us to out table.

Less than a minute later, the manager asked us to move tables. So we moved.
15 minutes later the the manager asked me to clarify my name, to reduce any confusion. I answered him, then he walked away.

A few minutes later the second part of my group called me, told me that they have been seated and asked if I arrived. Seeing as I too have already arrived and seated at my table, I was confused.
Then I looked over at the table they we've been previously seated at. And there lo and behold, was the second part of the group. Apparantly the same server has also seated them under the same name under the same reservation. So the manager seated us at the same table, talked as if it was OUR fault for this mistake and didnt apologize.

It took forever for the orders to arrive. And it was difficult getting the waiters attention. The restaurant wasnt even packed.The only thing that was fast was getting the bill.
Later we ordered 3 orders of BBQ beef. But what we got was One beef, one chicken and one pork. The rest of the food was just mediocre.

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Love or Hate
By schrutefan of East Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - 12:42am [Dine in]

Shabusen is a nice mix of japanese and korean BBQ. Once you've been there you will either love or hate it - there doesn't seem to be an in-between. Some, like myself both love AND hate it - I love the value and I hate how I feel afterwards: BLOATED. If you're a proud meat-eater you owe it to yourself to go here at least once. If you're a salad-nibbler, get far, far away. Vegetarians will swear they can hear the tortured, disembodied cries of various animals being slaughtered in the back, though it may just be starvation talking - there isn't a whole lot on the menu for them.

Everything I describe applies to the lunch menu, as that's when I normally go. For dinner, I don't think it offers as much of a value as I find the selection of Japanese items to be poor considering the price. Lunch is only $13. Dinner is $10 more. $1 extra on the weekend if I recall.

The ambience is kinda cool - for larger groups there are boat-shaped tables that you can scoot into. For smaller groups (3-4), it can suck because sometimes they will stick you with another group on a larger table - it's especially crappy if they put you on the inside. As it is a BBQ joint expect plenty of smoke. Also, it would probably be good if one person in your group can actually grill with some proficiency.

Service is average. It can be slow at times and they will forget to bring items on occasion. During a typical outing you will end up re-ordering things a couple of times. Ordering is done on little sheets of paper to avoid confusion. It's also very convenient for the servers. Note that if you put down 1 on the order sheet you will literally get 1 piece of said item.

The food to be honest, is nothing spectacular. It's of good/average quality but there isn't anything on the menu you should avoid, sushi-wise. I usually start off with miso (which is sometimes a bit too salty, like most places, but that's what green tea is for) and have two or three servings sunomono and gomae throughout the meal to cleanse my tongue of all the meat.

For lunch, the only sashimi available is tuna, but it's not too bad. It sometimes is served too cold, but rarely. The usual sushi suspects can be found on the rather limited lunch menu - basic rolls, cones, teriyaki, tempura, and tofu. I usually get plenty of salmon nigiri sushi because I love salmon, and I keep the rice to go with the BBQ meat.

The BBQ adds an element of fun to the meal. There's nothing like ribbing your friend about that blackened piece of chicken you can't seem to get off the grill. You have three choices for meat on the lunch menu: beef, chicken and pork. The chicken is always good but the beef is hit and miss - sometimes you will get a lean batch which ends up being a bit tough. The pork is to be avoided in my opinion - it is always too lean. You'll be picking it out of your teeth for days.

Grilling tips:
1. Give the meat some time on the grill before flipping/moving it. If you pull it too early, it will stick.
2. The heat may not be even so rotate the grill often and move the meat from the center to the outside and vice versa.
3. Scrape off the chunks of meat stuck to the grill as best you can between sessions. If there's too much, don't be shy to ask a server to replace it with a new one.
4. Don't be afraid to turn the heat down if it's too hot for you to handle. A slow roast can be just as good as a fast sear.
5. Soak some tuna in soy or the dipping sauce and put it on the grill briefly. That's right, make your own seared, rare tuna - why not?

Overall the food is good, not great, and the service is okay, but you can't beat the pure AYCE value. $13-$14 won't buy you this amount/quality of food anywhere else in the city.

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You get what you pay for and more
By cedricpetitclerc of Montréal (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, December 18, 2007 - 5:02pm [Dine in]

Excellent food, excellent price especially during luch time. Been there many times over the past two years, never had bad experience other that a very poor service ... don't go there for a smile :) but for the excellent sushi on their all you can eat menu. If the management see this rating, please get some smiles in there, it worth it :)

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We adore Shabusen
By welschprincess of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 2, 2006 - 1:19pm [Dine in]

We always go to this Shabusen location for group lunches for coworker parties, etc. If you order all at once, you don't have to worry about trying to hunt the servers down because it is very, very busy at lunch time (but we love the buzz!) Regarding some of these negative ratings here - we've never gotten food poisoning from Shabusen however we never order the Korean barbeque. Perhaps these people are not cooking the raw meat well enough or you need to turn the burner higher? As long as you stick to the sushi / sashimi menu, order at once and be consistent with your server then your 'expensive item' orders won't be such a problem. I think every all-you-can-eat sushi places do that!

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OMG Srsly?
By LizBich of Vancouver, BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 24, 2012 - 12:53am [Dine in]

We went here after we couldn't get into our first choice, Kingyo, as they were booked until 9pm. t was my first visit in the restaurant, but friends told me many good things about here. So we were looking for something better than average. Maybe even special My sister and I liked ours okay, but nothing special. My girlfriend received the wrong meal and then when they brought it, the tofu hotpot was very watery. A friend of mine's sushi was not good but he rarely complains about anything joking that they are edible. I would not go here again with all the wonderful choices nearby.

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