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Shaab (Old Town Pasadena) - review

jacinthe | Jan 13, 200512:44 AM

Went after Pilates and before going to Bodega. A quick bite was wanted, and I was in the mood for sushi, and this was the first place my friend thought of (as we were also looking for a place en route from working out to drinking - yes, I'm aware of the irony in our actions).

It's primarily a shabu-shabu place, or so it says on their menu. Perhaps if we had ordered that, we'd have been more pleased. I ended up with the chirashi combination - chirashi and a bowl of udon noodle soup. The soup was pleasant - chewy udon noodles in a broth that was slightly too salty (but I like my food on the saltier side), with pieces of tempura atop. I love tempura, but I always hate it when it's in soup because it defeats the entire purpose of frying the food. Chirashi was only passable - the sushi rice it was served on was not very good (it was larger rice than what I'm used to, and the seasoning was off), and the quality of the fish was decent, but nothing special.

My friend, not being a raw fish eater, ordered a teriyaki chicken breast which, as is the case in many Japanese restaurants, was nothing to write home about.

On the upside, service was friendly and quick, and we were only out about $25 for the both of us.

Bleh. I've been to better places in the area.

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