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“Shabu Shabu, Sukiyaki, it's NOT all the same”

Shabu Shabu Kagayaki
Ranked #430 of 6,572 Restaurants in Montreal
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Japanese
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighbourhood: Chinatown
Reviewed April 17, 2017

A lot of the reviews here seem to think it's all the same - hotpot - shabu shabu - whatever... cooking your own food... cool!!

Please. To preface, this is a Montreal 5. There are some great shabu shabu places around the world. That is not the measure I'm using. Against the best I've tried, I'd say this place is a 4. But, as you might have gotten the sense of it already if you've visited, you don't have a lot of good options for Asian food in Montreal.

As a start, the people are nice -- but they will get short handed when busy. We were there right before the night rush, and as the restaurant filled, they could have used another pair of hands.

As to the food, they offer a number of broths. You can, for example, chose the sukiyaki base. There is also dashi and kombu as well as other options (the spicy looks more the style of a Chinese hotpot base). Among my family, we did sukiyaki and dashi. The sukiyaki base could/should have been slightly sweeter - though otherwise ok. They also served the traditional raw egg. The dashi was better - and actually tasted like dashi (we could see dashi in the water). Interesting, no pure water base. I know that seems to be going out of style, but would have been nice to see that on the menu (clearly it's not hard to do).

What generally differentiates shabu shabu places is its meat and variety of vegees. On both counts, they were solid. Vegees better than the meat (we had the rib eye) as compared to the best places, but good.

One neg is the rice. I know, you're saying "what the heck" - the rice?

If your reaction is "what the heck" - the rice - why would someone care about the rice, then this review is not for you.

If your reaction is "what the heck" - the rice - how can they mess up the rice!?!? - then we are on the same page.

The rice looks like it was scooped with a strange large ice cream scooper. It's too dense and stuck together in a bad way. I had sukiyaki and only had about 1/2 the rice.... did I mention I was eating sukiyaki....

OK - that might have gone too dark, but overall, a solid place and a good alternative if you're tired of all the cheese (literally -- montreal, not surprising, loves its cheese... and maple everything).

Date of visit: April 2017
Thank malasadasman
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Reviewed April 3, 2017 via mobile

So I have had shabu shabu in Japan and this is the real deal! Great flavour, excellent service and great value. I would visit here again.

Date of visit: April 2017
Thank Michele G
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Reviewed March 4, 2017

My first visit ever to a Japanese hotpot. Since you're the cook, everything depends on the broth & dipping sauces.
Veggies were fresh & crisp. The spicy cooking broth was delicious [I could have had it as a soup]. The balance between veggies & meat was perfect. The serving was generous. It warmed the soul on a bitterly cold night.
Our waiter explained the cooking method to each of us very patiently. The service was excellent & prompt.
Overall an enjoyable new experience - worth a revisit!

Date of visit: March 2017
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Thank cubandido
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Reviewed January 26, 2017

Definitely a spot you have to know is there to find it, but worth the trip. This was our first Shabu Shabu experience, but it was absolutely delicious (and so filling). From start to finish, everything was super tasty (and the Sake was good too!) and the staff was great. Highly recommend!

Date of visit: January 2017
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Reviewed January 10, 2017 via mobile

First time but not the last! Amazing service and the food is really good ! They explained really well the concept and give us good recommendations for the menu.

Date of visit: January 2017
Thank Violette B
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