Yoshi Shabu Shabu serves traditional, tasty hot pot

Athena Tseng, Guest Contributor

Yoshi Shabu Shabu is a traditional Japanese shabu-shabu restaurant that has authenticity and quality, in each and every dish with the only downfall: the price. 

When first walking in, diners are greeted by the modern vibe of the restaurant. It has a clean and contemporary style.

Shabu-shabu is a dish that consists of a pot with choice of broth, a side dish of raw meat and vegetables to cook by dipping into the boiling broth, often accompanied by some sort of sauce and rice. 

The menu has a variety of options and offers many combinations for shabu-shabu with customers getting to choose the base, meat, and noodles. With six base options, thirteen meat options, three noodle options, there are more than 200 combinations to choose from. The menu also includes many gluten-free and vegetarian alternatives.

With every shabu-shabu, it comes with free assorted vegetables, rice, sauce set, and soup. The Traditional Kombu Dashi was a refreshing base that was very light and crisp with seaweed infused into the soap. It tasted exceptional paired with the Choice Ribeye and Scottish Salmon. Also, you could tell the meat and seafood was fresh and natural.

The sauce set includes three sauces: Goma Sesame Peanut, Citrus Ponzo, Roasted Garlic Teriyaki. This gives you a lot a personal preference and liking. All 3 of these sauces go perfectly with the broth, rice, and vegetables. The flavors blend perfectly together with each sauce having distinctive tastes. 

The Goma Sesame Peanut was really rich and creamy and the peanut butter highlighted the vegetables and gave them a more complex flavor. The Citrus Ponzo was very different from the Goma Sesame Peanut sauce; it was more light and refreshing and had a lemon flavor. The Roasted Garlic Teriyaki had a smoky flavoring with a sweet aftertaste. 

The total price for two people was $50 which is a bit pricey with similar restaurants often offering a lot more for $50.

Yoshi Shabu Shabu is a very unique and a one of a kind experience. From the nice atmosphere to the delightful food, Yoshi Shabu Shabu is the restaurant to go to for a traditional Japanese meal if you are willing to spend a bit more money.