It’s never hard to think of an excuse for shabu shabu, but a little chill in the air never hurts. Of course, I was back in
Call it a force of habit, but even with shabu shabu on the way, I made sure that we enjoyed a few appetizers before the main event. First was the shumai.
As always, one order of dumplings wouldn’t suffice. This time it was pork in the form of the house gyoza.
The first thing you notice about these gyoza is that they had a little bit of a heavy hand with the green onion, but in a good way. Even though I liked the gyoza better than the shumai, neither one was out of this world. Still, it’s hard to turn down a dumpling.
When I saw our last appetizer on the menu, I knew that neither Jennifer nor Aaron would object.
Before we could finish all of our appetizers, our waiter brought out gas burner and bowl for the shabu shabu.
It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes I get shabu shabu where the beef has been sliced with the grain. Thankfully Nakato avoid that pitfall as our waiter presented a plate of paper thin, well marbled beef.
Even with this ladle, there was no good way to get the broth out of the pot. Another disappointment with the shabu shabu at Nakato was the lack of extra steps. At my local shabu shabu restaurant, when you’ve finished fishing out the meat, they add miso and rice to make a sort of porridge for you. Maybe it was the fact that Nakato was trying to close, but there was no offer or mention of this extra step.
Forgetting a fiddly pot and no miso flavored porridge, the shabu shabu at Nakato was an excellent choice. Come to think of it, every meal I’ve had at Nakato has been an excellent experience, minus a parking incident or two.