Swish at Shabu

Written by Constance Dunn | Photography by Paul Jonason

Experience the art of the hot pot at Ishabu Shabu

Inspired by the ancient Mongolian practice of one pot cooking, shabu shabu is a fine fit for South Bay’s health-minded dining sensibilities, with thin slices of premium meat, seafood and vegetables swished in a pot of simmering broth to quickly absorb nutrients. Shabu shabu—which means “swish swish” quite literally— allows one to cook items to peak personal preference.


This spring, a new Japanese shabu shabu joint has come to Redondo Beach along Pacific Coast Highway—Ishabu Shabu. Step inside the modern spot, take a seat at your individual station and start making decisions. First it’s broth: konbu is a light-bodied seaweed broth while sukiyaka offers a more flavorful, sweet-and-sour tinged profile from soy sauce and cooking sake. Finally, there’s an opaque blend of miso and tofu. Next, select your main ingredients from a menu that includes U.S. Kobe and angus rib-eye prime, along with lamb, pork or chicken. There’s glistening-fresh seafood (salmon, shrimp, mussels and scallops) and a veggie only option, too.

Speaking of, a verdant assortment of bok choy, big mushrooms, carrots, corn and more accompanies each order, as does rice and udon noodles. Once you’ve swished and sauce-dipped your way through meat and vegetables, combine leftover broth with rice as a finale. Wash it all down with a dozen choices of beer or sake from the beverage list. And if you stop by for weekday lunch, take advantage of the Small Portion Special.

ISHABU SHABU

1212 S. Pacific Coast Highway #200, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

424.206.6993 | IshabuShabu.com

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