Most fondue places are hit or miss, and I heard semi-good things about Shabu Fondue in Chandler.
Went to Shabu last week for our anniversary dinner. It was a Wednesday night, so the place was EMPTY except for 2 other tables. The theme is Japanese fondue and the atmosphere was sort of L.A.ish, with alot of reds and chromes. It's a small place, maybe 15 tables, and a half moon counter in the middle similar to a sushi bar, to have your fondue at instead of sitting at a traditional table. Because the theme is Japanese, your eating utensils include a long fondue fork, small tongs and chopsticks.
We had a drink at the bar while waiting for our friends, who share the same anniversary date. (same amount of years, too)
I had a carmel appeltini which was...eh....ok. The martini glass it was served in, didn't have a bottom, it was just the shape of a martini glass, set inside a small glass bowl filled with ice. Nice presentation.
When our friends arrived, they had wine. The wine menu is pretty extensive. I didn't expect that from a fondue place.
The menu is pretty simple and straightforward. Steak, shrimp or chicken are your entree choices.
They have 3 different cheese fondues' for appetizers and we had 2 of the 3. We had the gruyere and emmenthaler one and the spinach and artichoke one. Both were served with bread cubes and assorted veggies.
The gruyere and emmenthaler one was prepared first, with garlic, wine and a cherry brandy to top it off.
Not bad. I love emmenthaler, so I was in heaven.
The spinach and artichoke one wasn't as tasty, but it was ok.
Entrees are served with steamed rice (hence, the Japanese theme) and veggies. My husband and I both had the prime rib and shrimp. Each entree was about $18.00 and was more than enough food for the 2 of us. our friends just had 2 order of the ribeye steak.
You have a choice of 2 of 7 different sauces to compliment your meal. Garlic sesame, horseradish, (neccessary for the prime rib)some sort of chili sauce, cocktail sauce and others are good for your veggies.
Our server brought out pans with broth to cook our meats in. At The Melting Pot, you have your choice of broth to cook in, but at Shabu, the broth only comes one way. Not a terrible thing, but it lacked a bit of flavor. I could have used several cloves of garlic.
Out came our plates of raw meat and seafood. Thinly sliced meat and plump shrimp, my mouth was watering.
Our waiter instructed that if we like our meat medium rare, to cook it for about 15 seconds in the broth. He was right on the money. My prime rib was actually really good, despite the fact that the broth is was cooked in, was bland. The shrimp was good too, only I like it served cold, like shrimp cocktail, so I had to let it cool before I could eat it.
Our side of veggies included, broccoli, carrots, baby corn, cabbage and onions, which were also kind of bland after being steeped in the broth.
We really wanted dessert, but we were full after all of out meats.
So all in all, it was okay. Between the 4 of us, and 2 bottles of wine, the bill was $170.00.
Would I eat here again? Maybe. The cheese was good, so maybe for a snack, I would come again.
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