Sitting at the original space of Sango Burger in Creekside, Makati is an unassuming little restaurant called Shabu Shabu Shogun. It touts itself as the only authentic Japaneses shabu shabu joint around. Together with a couple of friends we tried out this new restaurant and its offerings.
The interiors are very basic, walls are painted in cream with touches of Japanese culture all around. Their tables are configured with a burner being shared between two people sitting across each other so both have to have the same shabu shabu or sukyaki.
There are two interesting and eye catching murals on each side of the restaurant. One depicts a samurai atop a giant black pig while the other one depicts a samurai on top of a carabao (looks fiercer than a cow).
There are only two choices on Shabu Shabu Shogun‘s menu, shabu shabu and sukiyaki. You only need to think of how much meat (pork or beef) and vegetables you want. This is probably the most compact restaurant menu I’ve ever eaten at.
Each person is given a trio of sauces, Sesame, Soy Sauce and Spicy Sauce with Spring onions plus a raw egg. You can mix and match the sauces to your liking but I found the sesame really delicious.
This is what a set looks like, a trio of sauces, a raw egg, a platter of vegetables and noodles plus 150 grams of meat.
For shabu shabu you are given this steamboat filled with kombu (sea kelp) and dashi broth and platters of meat and vegetables to cook to your liking. Shabu Shabu Pork Set starts at P490, Beef at P550. You can upgrade your meat to Wagyu (P1750) and Kagoshima kurobota pork (P995) or have a mix of special and regular meat.
Irene rarely gets a chance to eat Sukiyaki because most restaurants serve it with beef but at Shabu Shabu Shogun they had an option for pork. We both immediately picked the Sukiyaki (P520/Pork, P580) and started on our appreciation for swishing meat around.
This is one of the best sukiyakis I’ve ever tried, more savory with just light sweetness and the meat just absorbs the broth really well. The vegetables also get a healthy dose of the broth because it sits in it longer compared to the quick dip of the thinly sliced meat. Mugs of beer or alcohol would be perfect accompaniment for the hot soup especially during dinner time.
For heavy eaters, you can indulge in their Eat All You Can Promo for P1,380 for both shabu shabu and sukiyaki. People looking for a quick lunch and don’t want to swish swish away can try their some lunch sets that range from P340-P400.
Shabu Shabu Shogun is a great place to have simple yet authentic Japanese shabu shabu and sukiyaki.