It’s no secret why sushi is the hardest lunch to reconcile with our intense desire to keep things under $10 during the midday meal. Raw fish isn’t cheap, nor do you really want it to be. But sushi isn’t the only Japanese food that is hard to come by for less than a Hamilton. Shabu shabu has proven elusive as well, for some reason. All you can eat Korean BBQ seems to have no problem serving up endless plates of thinly sliced meat, ready to be grilled, for $9.99. But take that meat and dip it in boiling water with some veggies and the price almost doubles. Maybe that’s why the only shabu shabu place we’ve found that hits the $10 mark is in Koreatown.
But K-town’s Khan Shabu Shabu has some competition now that Shabu Shabu House has opened on Sawtelle, from the good people at SushiStop. That’s right- the cheap sushi specialists of West L.A. have branched out into Shabu Shabu.