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Honolulu Eats: Shabuya for All You Can Eat Shabu

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Looking for a great spot for hot pot on the island? Check out Shabuya for delicious all-you-can-eat shabu in the Ala Moana Center. With tons of tables for indoor dining and a full bar, this is a great place if you are looking for a hot pot with amazing soup bases. I can see this place being popular with large groups since there is plenty of seating for everyone. I’ve tried a lot of hot pot places on the island and tend to keep coming back to Shabuya due to their meats and soup bases. For about $30, you have 90 minutes to eat and try all the items on their menu. This place tends to get really popular during the weekends so make sure to waitlist on Yelp before you come to save you some time. They are taking all the necessary precautions during the pandemic since your temperature is scan before you are seated and every table is spaced out. Once seated, your server will give you a piece of paper to choose your soup base. They have five different broths you can choose from which are: original house, miso, spicy miso, tonkatsu, and sukiyaki. I would highly recommend either the tonkatsu or spicy miso. You can tell the broth has been simmering for hours since it is so rich but at the same time, it is very clean and smooth. After that, you choose the items you want and they will bring them out within minutes. I didn't try their drinks but they had a great selection of beer and other beverages you can order to pair with your hot pot.

Before the pandemic, you would be allowed to go to the area in the center of the restaurant which is filled with the sauce bar, seafood, and fresh vegetables. However since things are different now, you fill out the items you want on a paper your server provides and they bring it out to you. While this is a different experience, the food is still very high quality. The meat cooked in the broth was absolutely tasty and I can tell everything is prepared well. Some of the items I loved ordering are black angus beef toro, waygu beef round, and prime chuck eye roll. For the other items, I love how they also have a great variety of fish balls, noodles, and fresh seafood to choose from. Their vegetables definitely stand out since each item was very fresh and was very tasty cooked in the broths. The appetizer was the chicken kaarage where they had 3 different flavors to try. They definitely tell you when your time is up so make sure to eat as much as you can within the time frame. My server was extremely friendly and attentive and overall, I had a great experience here at Shabuya. I would highly recommend it if you are looking for an all-you-can-eat hotpot for a decent price located right at the Ala Moana Center!

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