Josh and I first visited Shabu several years ago after the rave recommendations from my sister and brother-in-law. They were visiting Park City over their anniversary and their dining research led them to Shabu. Ironically, they live in China yet they still choose Asian food for their anniversary celebration. They returned from dinner, praising their every dish. Soon after we visited Shabu and were convinced, it was our favorite Asian fusion-style restaurant around.
We ventured out to their new location on Main Street in Park City and had a fabulous time. We brought Josh’s dad who is pretty adventurous with food except for sushi. To his credit, he gave sushi a chance that night. The new location is small but more accessible to Main Street onlookers. It’s literally underground, so you kind of feel like you’ve found a clandestine speakeasy.
Some highlights from our meal…
Our first bite was the lollipop sushi roll, a fun entry-level roll enjoyable for sushi lovers and sushi skeptics. It’s also super easy to eat, if you’re like me and worry about being able to fit the whole roll in your mouth at once.
We sampled some sake, which was a fun experience. Each of us decided on a different variation as our favorite.
We had to have the house favorite, Firecracker Shrimp, a tempura rock shrimp in a creamy-spicy sauce with tobiko and green onion. It was easy to see why so many people enjoy this dish.
After hearing that they had a dish that comes out with a rock heated to 400 degrees, withough hearing much else, we knew we had to experience it. The ‘hot-rock’ Wagyu Beef was very intriguing and full of flavor.
At the top of my list to try was the Seafood Donabe, the chef’s choice of seafood and vegetables with a yuzu-soy sauce, Thai basil, and enoki mushrooms.
My father-in-law chose wisely and ordered the Braised Beef Short Ribs, served with honey-hoisin cornbread togarashi spiced slaw and topped with Asian barbeque sauce. He must have enjoyed it because his plate was completely clean and he didn’t talk much after we were served.
And don’t you worry, we didn’t leave without sampling desserts. Tart Mango Sorbet, Brownies, and Panna Cotta were all hits at our table.
Mostly, we ordered from the small plates menu, which is reasonably priced for Park City. I would highly recommend the small plates at $7- $18 each. They are fun to share and provide a variety of samplings at an affordable price.
We learned that Shabu also offers a late night dining service every evening with a full sushi menu, appetizers, and music. Shabu Late Night would be perfect after a movie or night skiing.
Shabu | Freestyle Asian Cuisine
442 Main Street
Have I told you that I love Chandeliers? This one is over-the-top amazing.
The coolest toaster you’ve ever seen.
Some sweet music posters with excellent typography.
Another thing I love, lockets, especially old ones.
These are lovely.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.