Shabu Shabu House
Location: 4646 Convoy Street (map)
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday: 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
If you’re looking to try something out of the ordinary for a date or a night out with friends, you may want to visit Shabu Shabu House, located in Kearny Mesa. This eatery features Japanese dishes and specializes in hot pot, which is a family style dish.
Much like fondue, hot pot is a dish served uncooked and heated at the table. Unlike fondue, which generally features heated oil or cheese, a hot pot meal gets cooked in fresh, simmering broth. Shabu Shabu House lets you enjoy the experience of a hot pot meal without needing to clean up after the meal or prepare each veggie and piece of meat or tofu you enjoy.
A Perfect Meal to Share with Friends or Family
The hot pot is an innately social dish, with everyone gathered around the table to talk, cook and eat together. You get to select your broth base, the protein you’d like and extra side dishes, like assorted vegetables, eggs or udon noodles.
Your soup base can be traditional water or miso, both of which come with goma (unhulled sesame seeds) and ponzu sauce. You can upgrade to hot and sour lemongrass base, which they call Thai style, for $1.50 or Japanese style sukiyaki broth, which is sweet and salty, for an extra $2.
For proteins, they offer tofu, fish tofu, fish balls, shrimp balls, chicken, pork, lamb, shrimp, mussels, salmon and seafood mix. There’s also New York beef, rib-eye, prime rib-eye or the option to make a combo of different meats. You add the veggies, noodles and protein to the broth to cook.
You can enjoy Japanese, Chinese, Thai and Mexican beers with your meal, well as your choice from three kinds of sake or house wine. For non-alcoholic options, they offer hot tea, soda and Thai tea. Appetizers include edamame, seaweed salad, potstickers and fried tofu.