Boston >Food & Dining > Shabu Zen Restaurant
16 Tyler St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211142.350845 -71.060598
Mon. - Wed. 11:30am - 11pm;Thu., Sun. 11:30am - 12pm;Fri. - Sat. 11:30am - 1am
Neighborhoods: Central, Downtown, Chinatown / Leather District, Chinatown
Shabu-Fun! – This place ranks super high if you're in it just for fun. However, some practical issues that could use improvement: BIGGER BOWLS!...where are you supposed to put all the deliciously cooked food without spilling all over the table? BETTER DIPPING SAUCE!...the meat cooked up nice and tasty, but could have been much improved with a little sauce. MORE CORN!...the little corn segments were yum-yum, but so small-small (& no sauce :() That aside, the best features of Shabu-Zen are: GREAT SERVICE!...we had service with a delightful smile from hostess to waitress. GREAT PARKING! We got a convenient parking space just a mere block away...and on a Friday night! FUN FUN FUN!...highly recommended entertainment and mostly very safe...unless you forget to use supplied itensils and grab food directly with your hand...as my out-of-town guest did :(
Hot spot for hot pots brings cook-it-yourself Japanese to Chinatown. – The Scene
Ever wished you could cook your sushi just a little? Shabu-Zen replicates those trendy Tokyo restaurants where you cook raw meat, fish and vegetables yourself in a bubbling pot of broth. (Shabu-shabu, as this cooking is called, is named for the sound of chopsticks swishing meat in the soup.) Visit at lunch on a weekday to learn the drill, then come back on more convivial weekend evenings.
That's chicken broth simmering in the pot. Follow the lead of regulars and add vegetables, soy sauce and hot pepper to customize to your taste. Unless you have a special craving for, say, beef tongue or sea squirt, it's easiest to stick to a seafood or meat sampler with either thick wheat noodles or spidery rice noodles. Everything cooks in 30 seconds or less. Meat and fish are good enough to eat raw--and even better when simmered.
worst, absolutly the worst service – i have been going there for two to three years now. my friends and i would go there regularly and sometimes we have birthday parties there(which consists of more then ten ppl each time). when we first went the searvice was pretty outstanding, cinsider its in the chinatown area. but in the past two years we found the service to horrible. and now we bearly go. Since now that there is KAZE (another hotpot in chinatown) (Cheaper!! and better service) there is really no need for us to go there and be treated like we are not welcome. you want a pleasent even then please dont go there!!!!
User review by ieatgrass – This place is awesome. I've been coming here regularly for over a year now, and I still crave the food from here (it may be the dipping sauce, but who knows). The service is okay, but the food is super fresh and delicious and the value is excellent. Once you try this place, you will be hooked.
GREAT! but where do I get that barbecue sauce! – this is one of my favorite restaurants in the city! And there's nothing to it! you boil slices of beef/chicken and vegetables, but it's so good! reasonably priced, service is a little slow but it's worth the wait!
it's my daughter's favorite restaurant in the world! everytime we're in the city she wants to go. She used to share a plate with my wife but now insists on her own complete order.
We've tried shabu shabu at home but without that chinese barbecue sauce for dipping, it just isn't the same!
great shabu shabu and great value – consistently great meals at decent prices. i always leave happy and full of delicious hot broth, veggies, and meat. both the seafood and meat dishes are tasty, and the do-it-yourself nature of the meal makes it a fun, active event. the smoothies are full of flavor and fruit.
Fresh, quality ingredients and fondue fun – The first good hot pot place in Boston since Genghis Khan in Newtonville closed, Shabu-Zen seems to understand that the most important thing is quality, fresh ingredients. Everything else falls into line. I prefer to order a la carte. I think you get a little more variety and it's a better deal. Be prepared to wait on a Friday or Saturday night between 7 and 8:30. Also highly recommended are the smoothies.
Love it! – I love Shabu-Zen. It's my favorite restaurant and I could eat there every week. It's such a good deal and the food is very good. The vegatables and meat were fresh and the restaurant is clean and the service is pretty good. Really, it doesn't require much service since you're cooking your own food - which is the fun part!
For the comment that it doesn't compare with "LA or NY," just go back there.
disappointing food – I walked into this restaurant with high expectations since it was rated a 24 for food in Zagat. Although decor and service were adequate, the food was disappointing by LA or NY standards. The beef shabu-shabu was tough and the ponzu sauce lacked lemon flavor. Perhaps Shabu-Zen is popular because it lacks competition or diners enjoy the novelty of being able to cook in your own hot pot, but if you're looking for high quality food, don't come here!
Great Shabu-Shabu! – This is one of the cleanest and friendliest restaurants in Chinatown. Each person gets their own pot, the ingredients are fresh and the service is great!
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