This post is about the Shabu-Shabu on St-Jacques (lower NDG) - there is another location on St-Denis, i think.
Two of us recently gave Shabu Shabu a try. It's large place located on St-Jacques, between Cavendish and Upper Lachine road, a few buildings east of Dic-Ann's, in a large building.
When we were there, it was fairly quiet; with about 5 other groups, mostly Korean, enjoying their meals. The menu included several Korean classics (paejon, etc.) and BBQ as well.
We ordered a couple of beers on tap, and the shabu-shabu, because, well, when it's the name of the joint, you gotta, right? We went for one order of lamb and one order of beef meat.
First came four kinds of kimchi, which were very good. The napa cabbage one was just perfect in our books (just spicy enough, tangy); there was also a bean sprout one, a soy cabbage one, and a fermented soy bean and napa one (also delish).
Next the waitress brought a gas ring cooker and put it inside the table top, and placed a metal pot of broth (I gave it a taste: it was mild but good already) on it to start heating. Then came a large platter of vegetables, which included a couple slices of winter squash (first thing to go in), along with oyster, white button, enoki and king oyster mushrooms, broccoli florets, thin slices of zuke and carrot, green onion, napa, baby book choi, branches of watercress and a few other things I forget. I love fresh vegetables, so I was in heaven.
While a first round of veggies got cooked, she brought out a platter of thinly sliced meats.
Dipping sauces were uncomplicated: soy with vinegar, and a thicker sesame based one, along with a squeeze bottle of hot sauce.
Much dipping and slurping ensued. Once we had finished our meat and veg portions, she brought a small bowl of big fat udon noodles to reheat in what was left of the now very tasty broth. We were quite stuffed by then, so we didn't ask for more noodles, even though they were delicious!
Each shabu portion cost about 20$, and the pints of beer were 6$.
Service was lovely (I think she was the owner's daughter, who himself was at the cash). When we complimented the waitress on the kimchi, she told us her mother made it.
Shabu-Shabu is in a big room, with nice stone and brick walls. There are two golf rooms near the bar, if you want to practice your drive. Also, there is a karaoke salon in the back for parties (a glance at the song list revealed few English songs however LOL).
We plan on going back to give their Korean BBQ a try.
But not the karaoke. I'm boring that way.