So you get sushi at least once a week, you can’t get enough of gyoza and okonomiyaki is your new favourite food – but have you tried Japan’s most winter-worthy dish?
We’re talking, of course, about shabu shabu, a seriously underrated Japanese dish that you’ve probably never heard of. Even if you have, perhaps you raised an eyebrow and thought ‘meat and vegetables in boiled water that you have to cook yourself? Why would I dine out for that?’ But we’re here to tell you, you’re missing out on a feast that will warm you up right down to your toes.
Head over to Hanaichi Sushi Bar + Dining between 4-9pm from Saturday to Thursday throughout winter and you can get your chopsticks on this scrumptious feed for $19.95pp – reason enough to hit the CBD for dinner, we think!
Need a quick lesson in how it works? Well first, a pot of flavoursome broth will arrive at your table atop a portable burner. You’ll need to hold off on starting your feast while it comes to temp, so if you’re feeling extra hangry, you might want to start with some sushi and tempura vegetables from the a la carte menu while you wait, and maybe practice your chopstick skills (you’ll need those later).
When you’re given the go ahead to start cooking, the fun (and deliciousness) can really start! Using those chopstick techniques, dip your prawns, meatballs, mixed vegetables, noodles and your choice of beef, pork, chicken or lamb into the tasty broth for just long enough to cook it to perfection, and then into your waiting mouth. After a few morsels, that broth gets even tastier – so don’t be shy about mopping it up! If you can make it through without dribbling soup down your chin we salute you – but either way, you’ll be fighting over the last delectable spoonful.
Of course, Hanaichi Sushi Bar + Dining offers plenty more than just shabu shabu, with fresh sushi at the sushi train for a quick city lunch, and their a la carte menu available all day, along with plenty of sneaky beverages to pair with it, including some traditional Japanese sips. So whether you’re new to Japanese fare or already addicted like us, make your way to Wintergarden in the CBD and head up to Level 1 for an exotic feed.
Words by Ranyhyn Akui, Gourmand & Gourmet.