Went to the new Boiling Point shabu shabu restaurant in Glendale today. It's a pretty space, with both counter seating and table tops. The burners are flat tops, not electric coil elements. The table is level with the heat- it's not recessed as the other places I've been to, and while more aesthetically pleasing, it may have felt a little bit hotter while cooking because of this. We were there for lunch. The regular size beef was $12.95 (8 large pieces or a 1/4 lb.), and a large was $15.95 (12 large pieces). There didn't seem to be any other choice of meat on the menu, but since I was in the mood for beef, I didn't ask if there were other options. The quality of the meat was good, and the vegetables included some enoki mushrooms as well as shitake for a change. They provide the regular accoutrements such as chili powder, daikon radish, scallions and garlic on the table as well. I have only been to 3 other shabu places (Yoshi's, Koji's, and Zakuro), and I like them all (and have slight problems with them all) for different reasons. Boiling Point is a very nice combination of everything good for me, with its only potential failing being their ponzu sauce. To be fair, I do have a slight cold today and my sense of taste may be biased, so please take this with a grain of salt: I felt it needed more citrus and a touch more sweetness. Just a little more oomph. Everything else was delicious and I was very satisfied when I left. I will definitely be going back because it's great to have another shabu place in this area, and the owner was a really nice, helpful guy.
BOILING POINT (not to be confused w/Boiling Pot in Pasadena)
112 S. Brand - Glendale Marketplace