Prime Rib Shabu
308 5th Avenue (Near Clement)
San Francisco, CA 94118
Prime Rib Shabu is a new hot pot or fondue restaurant in San Francisco’s inner Richmond district. You cook raw meats and veggies by dipping them in a boiling pot of chicken broth. It is run by Luke Sung, who also runs Domo, can you still run Isa. All you can eat meals are available.
Decor, Vibe – Asian decor with Asian pop music, flat screen TVs, dark wood tones, custom made lights, and little artifacts. The place was filled with mostly locals of all races, including families.
Menu (Click to zoom into any picture)
Boiling Hot Pot
Hand Cut Ribeye Set ($18.95) includes light broth, organic Ton Ho, watercress, napa cabbage, lettuce, natural tofu, Yuba, Enoki, Vermicelli, Udon, and slightly spicy special sauce with cilantro and soy sauce.
The meat was thicker than the regular ribeye, making it juicier. You dip it for at least 10 seconds vs 5 seconds for the regular version. This meat was very good, definitely high quality. The vegetables and noodles were also fresh and of good quality.
One of the challenges is that the tables get filled with items quickly, so be careful positioning things.
Prawn ($5) side order came with nine good sized and fresh prawns. These cooked up very well and were tender and sweet.
Thin Cut Lamb Shoulder Set ($17.95) includes the same items as the ribeye. Fairly gamey lamb, not as good quality wise as the Hand cut rib eye, but still good for those who like lamb.
Prime Rib Shabu had very good service, with servers circling all the time. The prices are reasonable and the food quality good. The all you can eat option is perfect for hearty eaters. We find Prime Rib Shabu superior to popular Shabuway. Two wine options by the glass from $7.
Hot pot Shabu Shabu is fun way to eat, and great for groups. Order a little first and then add more if you have the room. It is easy to overeat when chowing on small bites at a time, so eat slowly. Don’t forget to drink the leftover soup when you’re done cooking. A good hot pot restaurant is Japanese Hot pot restaurant Shabuway. Their meat is better, but their menu is more limited. Prime Rib Shabu in San Francisco is also a good bet. Hot Pot restaurants in Beijing are interesting in their diversity.