Where: Kaze Shabu Shabu – 1 Harrison Ave. Boston, MA 02111
When: March, 2012
Alyssa reintroduced me to Shabu Shabu last year and boy am I glad she did. I hadn’t had it in years and had forgotten what a delicious, fun – and even healthy – meal it is. I like the idea of participating / working for my meals as well.
Alyssa is the Shabu Shabu master even owning her own hot pot and having prepared numerous dinners at home so shes a great person go out with as she knows exactly what to order.
We met at Downtown Crossing and headed over to Chinatown to Kaze Shabu Shabu which is a big (2 levels), unpretentious place with quick and friendly service. We got two broths, the Japanese Miso and something a little spicier, the Thai Tomyum. We both knew we liked the miso as that’s what we had gotten in the past but were surprised by how much we liked the spicy Thai broth. It was delicious and just the right amount of spice to warm you. We ordered beef and pork for our meats, udon for our noodles, and an extra side of taro. The broths already came with a generous portion of veggies which was great. I could have used a little bok choy (love it this way) but they didn’t have it.
Everything was really fresh, filling, and delicious. We definitely started off eating mostly the Thai broth but it evened out in the end. We rolled out of there full and very satisfied.
Overall, I think Kaze Shabu Shabu is a great place to go with friends, whether one on one or in a group. I’d probably recommend avoiding Shabu Shabu on a date, as it can be a bit messy (I think I wiped broth off my chin a few times and my place mat was a mess when I left). I’d definitely go back and would get the Thai broth again in a heartbeat.