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Suki-Ya Shabu Shabu at Pavilion has been one of the more busy restaurants located at Pavilion’s Tokyo Street ever since it’s inception a couple years ago. I’ve meant to give it a try for the longest time, but it’s always been packed, and I’ve only recently lunched there thanks to arrangements (ie: advanced booking la) by my colleagues.
Suki-Ya at Pavilion, there’s almost always a queue
Suki-Ya brands itself as a restaurant that offers modern healthy choices. The outlet at Pavilion isn’t exactly big, but I like the cozy ambiance and the very clean interior.
They have an ala-carte menu on top of shabu-shabu (or Japanese steamboat), but we stuck to the basic this time and only tried the default buffet, priced at RM 29.80 per adult for a maximum of 2 hour dining period. Dinner would cost an additional RM 10. Any extra time over the 2-hr block is priced at RM 3.50 per 15 mins.
Kinda sounds like paying for parking.
there are 4 types of soup to choose from
Like many steamboat places, Suki-Ya offers several choices of soup – the classic shabu-shabu that is light, sukiyaki that carries a hint of sweetened soya sauce taste, miso which is a little on the saltier side, and kimchi, one that carries a bit of a kick.
We chose shabu-shabu and kimchi since you’re allowed to split the pot.
Pro tip: Always start off with milder tasting soup so as to not overwhelm your palate too early.
beef, lamb, chicken, and the “healthy bar” full of veges and more
There are three choices of meat you can choose, and the waitress will happily serve as many plates of them to your table as you request. Do note that any wasted food carries additional charges though.
The chicken, beef, and lamb were all thinly sliced and served frozen. The beef only requires a quick 10 second dip to the boiling soup, while I’d advice to leave beef and chicken in for a little bit longer. They tasted pretty good with some dipping sauce.
we had a great time, thank you for lunch, HL
The “healthy bar” offers some 30 types of vegetables, tofu, mushroom, fish balls, and even clams. These are really mainly the healthier choices – food with less fatty contents. They are somewhat less luxurious, but for less than RM 30 I think it’s plenty good value for money, and you’d likely not over eat that much.
It’s not difficult to see the success of Suki-Ya and that long queue outside the restaurant on daily basis. If you are to visit them, I’ll advice to call and book ahead.
Other than Pavilion KL, Suki-Ya branches can be found at Paradigm and Mont Kiara Mall.
Suki-Ya @ Tokyo Street
6.24.04, Level 6, Pavilion
Jln Bukit Bintang
GPS: 3.148872, 101.713368
Tel: 03-2141 4272
Lot 10 is one of those shopping malls that has seen better times. Some 15 years ago, it was the premier place to shop, that was before Suria KLCC, before Mid Valley, and of course, before Pavilion.
These days, Lot 10 is keeping up with the newer malls by reinventing itself a little bit, starting with the excellent food court that is Hutong, and now, the Shabu One steamboat buffet restaurant. I’m not sure if that’s their strategy, but stuffing the mall with good food might just bring in the crowd.
Shabu One, the new steamboat place at Lot 10
I first got to know about this place from my colleague Sheng, who has a bit of a hobby in monitoring online group shopping deal sites. The dude brought 4 coupons to the Shabu One, so we headed over to Lot 10 for a Friday lunch without much expectations.
After all, the full price for lunch/dinner was only RM27.99+, and we had bought the coupons for something like another 40% off of that.
seafood and fishball-ish choices are aplenty, check out the clams!
While the restaurant is certainly not very posh, it was clean and comfortable. If you’re looking for decorations the class of Shogun or Jogoya, this is not the place for you.
On the other hand, if you love steamboat with a good selection of seafood at reasonable price, this is the real deal!
veges, noodles, and there are some pre-cooked dishes too
There’re three types of soup to choose from: clear soup, tomyam, and ma-lak (嘛辣). We had our pot split between the ma-lak and clear soup.
To be honest, the ma-lak soup was a bit of a let down. The clear soup too was slightly bland, but nothing a bit of seafood (crab in this case) can’t fix. We didn’t try the tomyam soup, so I can’t commend on that.
beef slices, various condiments, desserts, ice cream
The selection of food here is as good as anywhere else at this price point. I particularly love the super big clams they have on that day (not sure if it’s an everyday thing), along with the cuttle fish, lala, prawns, bamboo clams, and more. They are constantly being refilled too, which is always a plus.
Other than seafood you do get the usual suspects: plenty of fish ball lookalike and taste-alike stuff, big selection of vegetables, mushrooms, noodles, egg, and sliced beef.
There are also a buffet line of pre-cooked dishes such as fried noodle, curry chicken, hot and sour soup, sausages, tea leaf eggs and more so you can start stuffing your mouth from the get-go, before the steamboat is boiled.
our stomach was completely stuffed, was a great lunch for sure
As for desserts, the choices aren’t great. There’s ice cream, kuai leng gou, fruits, and a few other Chinese/Taiwanese jelly thingy. Then again, who has stomach for desserts when you go for steamboat?
Overall it’s a pretty decent place to go, pretty good value for what you have to pay, and I think we’ll be back again for some long lunches in the future.
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- Lunch – RM27.99+
- Afternoon – RM22.99+
- Dinner – RM27.99+
- Student Promotion – RM20.99+ (Student Card with Expiry Date)
- Member Special – RM21.99+ (Mon til Fri)
- Family Package – RM55.99+ (2 adults + 2 Child) Sunday only
T18-22, 3nd floor
Lot 10 Shopping Mall
Jalan Bukit Bintang
GPS: 3.146462, 101.711758
Tel: 03-2145 9933
Hours: 11 am to 11 pm
The weather has been pretty miserable lately. The road is wet, sky gloomy, and laundry always damp and damned. However, this exact sort of pitiful weather is perfect for a bowl of hot porridge or some steamboat goodness. Which is why Cheesie and I decided to head to Nagomi Shabu Shabu at Jaya 33 for the most fitting dinner last Friday.
we ordered the duck set
In addition to Shabu Shabu with various type of meat (including Kobe beef), Nagomi also has a pretty comprehensive offering on fresh sashimi and sushi dishes. For the two of us, we ordered a duck shabu shabu set, sake deluxe maki (salmon roll with ebiko), and sake toro sashimi (salmon belly).
duck shabu shabu set, sake deluxe maki, sake toro sashimi
We chose the Nagomi soup, a miso based soup (I believe) for the shabu shabu. The duck shabu shabu set came with minced duck meat at the center holding a up a raw egg, sliced duck breast meat on the side, a bowl of rice rice, and a plate of raw vegetable, mushroom, tofu, and glass noodle. The sliced duck meat took only seconds to cook while the minced version had to sit in the boiling soup for a little longer, but they were delicious. I particularly like to have it with the foyu (fermented tofu) instead of the chili or soya sauce.
the three types of sauce
The sake deluxe sushi maki tasted very good too, with huge chunk of salmon and generous amount of ebiko (shrimp eggs) covering the roll. It was very good to lace our stomach with while waiting for the soup to boil.
Sake toro sashimi, of course, didn’t disappoint either. There were six slabs of salmon belly sashimi with a hint of the distinctive silver belly skin lining visible. As with tuna, the belly meat is most fatty and flavorful. The buttery texture with some wasabi and a dip of soyu, bliss!
awesome shabu shabu porridge!
Just as we were almost done with all the raw items, Cheesie suggested that we make porridge out of the now very flavorful soup base. It was an ingenious idea I’ve never gave a thought before!
We poured the rice into the steamboat; threw in the last pieces of meat, vegetable, and tofu; turn up the heat, and stirred. The rice swam lazily in the soup, but in about 15-20 minutes, the once solid rice fused with the soup and became porridge. It actually tasted so good with the concentrated flavor from the reduced shabu shabu soup. You should give it a try sometimes!
Nagomi is located on the ground floor of Jaya 33 in PJ
It was certainly a very good dinner. The bill came to RM 90.30 with the set costing RM 31, sushi and sashimi RM 16 & RM 25 respectively. Though not exactly cheap, I would rate the price as pretty reasonable, a place I would revisit.
Nagomi are can be found at Hartamas Shopping Complex and Menara Hap Seng too. Their website is here.
PG-02B, Jaya 33,
No. 3, Jalan Semangat,
46200 PJ, Selangor
GPS: 3.110274, 101.637139
Tel: 03-7986 2330
While much like Shabu Shabu King at SS2, Mizi Shabu Shabu at Bandar Puteri Puchong has a few distinctions that seperates it from it’s SS2 counterpart. First of all, the restaurant does not offer buffet, if the portion of the set meal (which is quite generous) is not enough to feed a suan (for example), then you’ll have to order more from the ala carte.
However, I do think that this is a good thing. You only order what you want, avoiding the necessary gluttony temptation of the buffet line.
Nice setting with good selection off the menu
Another welcoming difference at Mizi is the personalised steamboat set up. Each diner gets his or her own pot, which you can then customised the soup to your own liking. Add more chilli, crack an egg into it, more vege, make it boiling, or not, all without pissing off your friends who might like to have thiers differrently. As a side effect, you have a lesser chance of getting that contagious disease your friends are carrying, too.
You get your personal stove with customizable heat setting
I do feel that the food at Mizi Shabu Shabu is fresher compared to Shabu Shabu King. The sliced meat is usually still frozen when served. Some noob have been describing Shabu Shabu King as eating fishball with different shapes and colors, I reckon the same can’t be said about Mizi.
Service is very fast, as the kitchen prepared most the set meals in advance and placed them in the fridge. All the waiter has to do is to just grab what you order, no further preperation needed since the serving are all uncooked anyway. This set up reminds me of McDonald’s & Burger King.
Making you hungry for some of these yet?
Price wise, for a medium stomach it is not too different from Shabu Shabu King. You can satisfy your hunger for around RM 15-25 depending on your selection. If you like the former, I’m sure you will enjoy this place. Nicer seats, better environment, and overall a great set up, unless your appetite is extraordinary.. Give it a try.
This is the map to get to Mizi Shabu Shabu at Puchong, excellent yeh?
No 17, Jln Puteri 2/5
Bdr Puteri, 47100 Puchong
GPS: 3.023141, 101.615907
Tel: 03-8060 3221
best or not? hehehe
Suan joined myself and kerol (don’t worry, no pictures of her this time) for dinner. As usual, that lady can never suggest where to eat, but was extremely good at saying “NO” to every suggestion I can come up with. Somehow we ended up at this Shabu Shabu KING steamboat place at SS2 instead. This is a pretty new establishment at the area.
Shabu shabu actually means “swish swish” in Japanese, and usually associated with cooking very thin sliced beef in hot water. Since the steamboat ingredients are of the fast to cook variety, I guess the name is pretty appropriate. However, shabu can also carry an entirely different meaning, as described here.
fresh and raw stuff before boiling
The restaurant serves 3 different types of soup, Miso, Clear, and Kimchi. As we only had one steamboat, we chose clear and kimchi (extra RM5.) The trick in making the soup tastes good is by boiling shell fish and crabs in it first to extract the aroma from the seafood. Do not keep adding new soup to water it down either, unless you absolutely have to.
settings were mediocre, but air conditioned tho
The variety of items offered were quite generous, there were prawn, flower crab, sliced beef, sliced chicken, tofu, various vegies, egg, seaweed, squid, cuttle fish, imitation crab (was very good,) various types of fish ball and fish paste, scallop, clam, mushroom, and more. They also offer quite a big selection of dipping sauce and chilli to go with the steamboat. These include soya sauce, chilli padi, diced garlic, taiwanese satey sauce, wasabi, chicken rice chilli sauce, and more.
Other than the those main ingredients, ice water, tea, and ice lemon tea are also free flow. There were also about 8 types of dessert for your choosing, I think suan and kerol each had about 4-5 types *gasp*.
map, nice yeh?
For RM 20 nett per person, it was pretty good and worth the money paid for. I think if you go after 10:30 pm it’s even cheaper, like RM 15 per pax or something like that.
16, Jalan SS 2/63, PJ 47300 Selangor
GPS: 3.118523, 101.622376