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 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
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
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
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.

map to Pavilion KL

Address:
Suki-Ya @ Tokyo Street
6.24.04, Level 6, Pavilion
Jln Bukit Bintang
Kuala Lumpur

GPS3.148872, 101.713368
Tel03-2141 4272
Website: www.suki-ya.com

KY eats – Suki-Ya Shabu Shabu at Pavilion KL
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24 thoughts on “KY eats – Suki-Ya Shabu Shabu at Pavilion KL

  • January 16, 2013 at 1:56 pm
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    That’s cheap!!! Hmmm….-ki’s missing from the name kah? LOL!!!

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    • January 16, 2013 at 2:05 pm
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      suituapui: errr. what -ki? O.o

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      • January 16, 2013 at 3:23 pm
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        Well, there’s a dish in Japan known as Sukiyaki… and the food in Suki-ya resembles it… therefore one might wonder does the word ‘ki’ being left out intentionally.

        Fyi, the ‘ya’ means ‘shop’, which differs from ‘yaki’, which means ‘grill’, so try not to get confused on both of the words. 😉

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        • January 16, 2013 at 4:36 pm
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          Alex: haha ok ok. Ya they in fact do offer sukiyaki soup base 😀

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  • January 16, 2013 at 1:56 pm
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    One of the nicer Shabu Shabu place in town. Too bad they don’t serve pork here unlike our neighbor, Singapore. They even have Drink All You Can too!

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    • January 16, 2013 at 2:05 pm
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      JD: haha ya, with pork it’ll be perfect.

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  • January 16, 2013 at 4:22 pm
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    Wah, must pay extra after 2 hours, they are really turning tables,lol.

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    • January 16, 2013 at 4:36 pm
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      Kash: haha, ya, need to make money and avoid campers.

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  • January 16, 2013 at 4:26 pm
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    Think this will make a good dinner tonight for me. Still coughing like a fire engine:(

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    • January 16, 2013 at 4:36 pm
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      missyblurkit: that won’t be a bad idea 😀

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  • January 16, 2013 at 4:58 pm
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    after a long, tiring day, i looked at your photo of the clams and thought they were cockles at first (heheh, i know, clams and cockles look very different). hopefully someday suki-ya will include a free flow of cockles too for us kerang addicts 😀

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    • January 17, 2013 at 1:25 pm
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      Sean: haha, I think that might go against their healthy food motto a bit.

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  • January 17, 2013 at 1:12 am
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    Love this place a lot, blog bout it too (tq for checking out if u do) but when they were newly open there wasn’t a 2 hour block. Guess they need to turnover for other guest as well.

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    • January 17, 2013 at 1:26 pm
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      Anonymousmich: I think it’s still fair, 2 hour is plenty enough time to eat anyway 😀

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  • January 17, 2013 at 4:57 am
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    this blog would be complete if there are more pictures of the cooked beef etc etc you must hone in your skills of taking food pictures discretely sifu!

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    • January 17, 2013 at 1:26 pm
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      Seetoh: haha I was too busy eating, but you’re right!

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  • January 17, 2013 at 7:50 am
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    been here many times. love this place as the veges are fresh.

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    • January 17, 2013 at 1:26 pm
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      Nymphadora: Am glad you like it 😀

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  • January 17, 2013 at 9:39 am
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    My fav place for authentic Jap shabu-shabu! Visited their branches 15 times aredi…hehe =)

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    • January 17, 2013 at 1:26 pm
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      ulric: wah you even keep track! haha.

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  • January 20, 2013 at 12:02 am
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    I’ve never tried this outlet too and maybe a visit soon… nice…

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    • January 20, 2013 at 12:35 am
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      eiling: make it happen 😀

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