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Tabu Shabu Restaurant
Ranked #128 of 541 Restaurants in Costa Mesa
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Reviewed 1 March 2017

We've done this style before at Fountain Valley's California Shabu Shabu (also highly recommended). So Tabu Shabu had a lot to live up to -- and they delivered. With hubby now properly diagnosed as soy allergic instead of gluten sensitive, Asian cuisine is difficult, so he called ahead. Our server, Kevin, was semi-aware of the soy involved in the dipping sauces, but luckily the owner was there to give definitive answers. Basically all of the sauces were off-limits for hubby except for one.

Hubby went with the Regular size Chicken ($18). He substituted more veggies for the tofu that comes part of the standard veggie platter, and he also got the zero carb shirataki noodles in lieu of the regular udon for a change of pace. He was very happy with both changes. I got the Regular size angus ribeye ($18). We agreed that the bok choy was the best bok choy we've ever had while dining shabu style! My angus beef was average, so on that point I think FV is better for basic beef.

Hubby wanted to try a mochi dessert ($2). The owner verified that one flavor was soy free (I think it was green tea), so we shared it. The owner comp'd us the dessert.

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Reviewed 12 October 2016

Yes, you have to cook your own food, but you control the pace! All the items you select are fresh, and ultimately satisfying. Its a small place, with lots of cooking going on, so it can get warm. Service is good but sometimes the wait can get lengthy, so be prepared to order a drink or beer while you wait. it's best to go as a couple or small party, and to share different entrees.

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Reviewed 29 June 2016

Very unique dining experience. You choose beef, chicken, pork or vegetarian and cook your own dinner right in front of yourself. They provide you with a large plate of vegetables and sauces. I went with the beef and was very pleased.

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Thank mark m
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Reviewed 27 February 2016

Unless you eat out to cook your own food and spend a S#!T load of money for a half ounce o protein. This place is loud and exhausting. PT Barnum was right!

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Thank ZoniJay
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Reviewed 18 January 2016 via mobile

Just an awesome place to go with a small and I mean small group of friends and family. Love the place and I eat there about once a week but it's so busy they you wait about 20 to 25 mins. It is worth the wait though. Sometimes we get lucky and there is not really a wait at all. I highly recommend it.

Thank michaelthomas1982
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