For those that don't know, Shabu-shabu is hot pot dining where you are given ingredients (beef, fish, veggies, tofu, etc.) and you cook them in a communal tabletop pot of boiling broth. At Ushabu, each person is given their own pot of broth, making the selections of protein, veggies and broth custom tailored for each individual palate.
Our server explained the choices we had and how we would go about cooking our food. She also brought a trio of sauces and explained each one to us. We placed our orders and only had a short wait before the ingredients to our dinner found its way to our table. The food was delicious and cooking it in our own pots was a lot of fun. We traded food back and forth with each other, trying different combinations of broth and sauce. At the end of the meal we were all pleasantly full.
This is a very small restaurant so reservations are encouraged. Ushabu also has a special 13-course meal which requires prepaid reservations a least a week in advance. You can make your reservations from the restaurant’s website.
While Ushabu isn’t super expensive, it’s not for the budget conscious diner. Dinner for 4, which included 6 glasses of wine but no dessert, ran us $280 including the tip. But for a special occasion, this fun and flavorful choice is a good bet.