Shabu-shabu is a dish in which thinly sliced meat is passed quickly through boiling soup stock and then eaten after dipping in sauce. Osaka, known as the kuidaore (a tendency to bring financial ruin to oneself by overindulging in food) town, is home to many shops offering delicious shabu-shabu. Here are five handpicked shops for all-you-can-eat shabu-shabu in Osaka.
1. Miyabi Nipponbashi Main Branch
Opened in August 2017 at a location that is only a 3-minute walk from Namba and Nipponbashi Stations, Miyabi is a restaurant where you can relish shabu-shabu featuring Kobe-gyu (Kobe beef) – one of the Top 3 Wagyu (Japanese beef) brands. The staff of this restaurant directly goes to cattle farms and auctions to buy a whole head of top-grade A5 Kobe beef, so guests get to enjoy premium beef at reasonable prices. There are two kinds of all-you-can-eat shabu-shabu courses here, priced from as low as 6,000 JPY (excl. tax). Add 2,000 JPY (excl. tax) and you will get an all-you-can-drink course with your meal. Further, there are multiple courses with Yakishabu, a dish wherein thinly sliced meat meant for shabu-shabu is grilled on an iron plate before eaten.
2. Shabu-Tei Shinsaibashi Branch
Shabu-Tei Shinsaibashi is a restaurant that is just three minutes from Shinsaibashi Station by foot. The pride of this shop is its goma-dare (sesame seed sauce) that is fastidiously crafted. This exceptional sauce is made by hand every day, fusing 22 spices with sesame seeds that are ground in a millstone for a lengthy amount of time. Furthermore, you will feel the attention to detail in the way the preparation and processing of the meat matches the dipping sauce. Another specialty of this restaurant is the tofu, which is essential to shabu-shabu. The tofu is delivered every morning by two expert shops that have been in business for 80 and 90 years, so you can enjoy the freshly-made taste.
3. Syabusyabu ONYASAI Shinsaibashi Branch
If you want to eat shabu-shabu with other nabe (hot pot) dishes, then you might want to check out this spot. It has an abundant lineup of courses that will let you order the meat, appetizers, local vegetables, and desserts from the more than 60 types available. The most affordable offering here is the Buta to Shabu-Shabu Tabehodai (all-you-can-eat pork and shabu-shabu) that is priced for as low as 2,780 JPY (excl. tax). You can have your meal half shabu-shabu and half hotpot, so you can enjoy different tastes. When it comes to the soup stock for the shabu-shabu, you can choose from a long list of choices, starting with the Gyu Tail to Komiyasai no Wagyu Dashi (oxtail and potherb soup stock), as well as soy milk broth and hot pot soup stock. Meanwhile, for the nabe, you can select from such variants as Mizutaki (the ingredients are boiled in plain water and then eaten with sauce) and Tantan Nikunabe (meat hotpot with soup made from sesame paste and chili oil).
4. Syabusen HEP Navio Branch
Located at a site that is three minutes from Umeda Station by foot, this restaurant is recommended to those who want to eat shabu-shabu to their heart’s content without breaking the bank. Each course offers unlimited refills of meat, naturally, as well as vegetables, udon noodles and rice. With its most famous Yayoi Course (2,000 JPY (excl. tax)), you can order chuck eye roll, beef flank, homemade chicken meatballs and pork shoulder. There are three other courses available. Furthermore, there is a vegetable bar inside the restaurant, and you can choose whatever you want in your pot from more than 18 vegetables. You can avail of the all-you-can-drink course that includes alcoholic drinks with your meal by just adding 1,500 JPY (excl. tax), so enjoy your meal with some alcohol.
5. Shabu-Tei Mitsutera-suji Branch
This restaurant is known to be obsessed about its specialty goma-dare, carefully chosen meats, and delicious tofu. For those who want to dine in luxury, then the [Gensen Kuroge Wagyu] Shabu-Shabu Tabehodai + Nomihodai Course (all-you-can-eat shabu-shabu with premium Japanese Black beef and all-you-can-drink course) (10,000 JPY (incl. tax)) that will treat you to the addicting delicious flavors and sweetness of Japanese Black is recommended. The second floor of this restaurant has tables for groups, but the first floor has counter seats as well, so you can always drop by and savor shabu-shabu even when you’re alone.
What do you think? Warm shabu-shabu is the perfect dish for the cold winter. Aside from the spots listed above, there are many other restaurants where you can eat sumptuous shabu-shabu in Osaka. So, if you ever visit, then make sure to try shabu-shabu!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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