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Published May 28th 2013
The best buffet for sushi and Japanese hot pot in Brisbane
Brisbane has one of the most vibrant dining cultures in Australia. The most recent experience that highlighted this was my visit to the Shabuhouse in the CBD. It has been open for a few years now and how it has eluded me for so long baffles me. The Shabuhouse is a Japanese restaurant, and as far as I am aware is unique in Brisbane as the only Shabu Shabu restaurant. There are other Japanese restaurants such as Sono which serve Shabu Shabu, but Shabuhouse specialises in Shabu Shabu as the main course.
Perhaps I should explain Shabu Shabu to those who may not have heard of this wonderful dish. It is essentially a Hot Pot. Shabu Shabu is a favoured food of Sumo. Don't be alarmed though as it isn't high in fat or carbs. Sumo's favoured this simply because of the portion sizes. The essence of this hot pot is you start with the broth, vegetable miso, seafood dashi or a Thai spicy tom yum (Quite spicy and includes dried whole chilli). Tables have built in cookers for the broth and you place your broth in, crank up the heat and get a good boil on.
The fun portion is the all you can eat selection of ingredients to throw in your broth and cook. These include beef, pork, lamb, fish balls, prawns and seafood sticks. Then you may get your choice of fresh vegetables to add in and these cover leafy bok choy, spring onions, capsicum, tofu, mushrooms and many more.
There is then the wide selection of noodles to add in. Rice noodles, ramen noodles, udon noodles. Grab your favourite and get ready for the fun part. I took a page from the regulars and loaded up my plate quite high as the greens in particular wilt down. Once it's started cooking, pull it back down to a simmer and enjoy your Hot Pot. The $32 price includes all of the hot pot offerings as well as a ready cooked selection of chicken fingers, tempura vegetables and deep friend sushi as well as other savoury delights.
Perhaps the most ambitious part of their offering is the Sushi bar which is included in the price. Here they had a selection of egg sushi, salmon sushi, seaweed sushi, prawn sushi and so on. It was all fresh and as one who usually isn't big on sushi I took some delight in trying the hand moulded salmon sushi and the egg sushi.
The included dessert option, when I was there, was slices of watermelon. Not a wide selection by any stretch of the imagination, but nice to have something sweet and delicious after all the savoury delights.
A fresh frouit and ince cream topped bowl of red beans and shaved ice. A great finish!
They are fully licenced with sake, spirits, soft drinks, local and imported beer and some desserts at an extra cost.
It is a fantastic way to enjoy dinner and the more the merrier. I am already planning a return trip with my friends to show off this wonderful restaurant. With the many options there is something for everyone particularly good selections to cater for most dietary requirements. Whether gluten intolerant, lactose intolerant or vegetarian just grab what you want. Highly recommended that everyone gives this place a try.