Restaurant Spotlight Shabu Shabu

When deciding to dine out, of course there are the welcomed frills that go along with it like atmosphere, decor and location. However, more often than not, the single most important thing when dining out is the certainty that the food is good and worth forgoing preparing a meal at home instead. Taking up new residence in the Duluth area just north of the city, Shabu Shabu is a hybrid Japanese/Hot Pot restaurant that promises authentic cuisine and an overall lively experience worthy of a second, and maybe even third, looks.

For those of you who love being a part of the meal you're about to eat, you should find yourselves quite pleased because DIY cuisine is just one part of the charm at Shabu Shabu. Here, diners can have a hand in preparing the meat, vegetables and seafood that occupies their dishes. The interior of the restaurant contains a nice assortment of tables (long and regular sized), booths and more secluded seating shrouded by curtains. Every table is supplied with their own hot pot and utensils, preparing them for the full DIY experience.

Aside from the usual Japanese meat and poultry ingredients such as beef, pork, chicken and seafood, there are also a number of veggies that are included in a number of dishes, including pumpkin, corn, mushrooms and carrots. Bok Choy, noodles, tofu and bean sprouts round out the impressive selection of extras. The dipping sauces dressing each dish are available in mild, medium and hot.

Overall, Shabu Shabu is a nice alternative to the basic "sit and serve" restaurants where actual interaction with your food is nonexistent. Shabu Shabu is located at 2605 Pleasant Hill Road, Suite 300, Duluth, 678-584-1111. Operating are: 11:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays; 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For more information about the author, Danielle Jennings, please visit my Google+ profile page.