Is It Any Good?

Shabu Shabu in Glendale.

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Shabu Shabu is a source of some…controversy in my family.

When we first tried it, it was new, exotic and different.

Now, there are some of us who suspect, it’s just a way to keep food costs down.

I am not of that camp. I actually like Shabu Shabu…in albeit small doses. It can be a fun, albeit somewhat steamy ride. The trick is to either know what you’re doing in advance, or listen strenuously to your Server.

Joon Shabu Shabu is not the first place to try the Shabu Shabu thang in the Glendale area. There was a place that was open or a time in the Glendale Marketplace just across from the Galleria and the Americana Center. Lord knows I can’t remember it’s name now. It came and it went. Now, we have Joon.

Joon’s placed up the street a bit from the Americana Center. Technically you can walk there, but odds are you’ll drive it. It’s part of a nice new Residential Retail complex, so it’s not like you’ll be dining in slob central.

The one thing about Shabu Shabu is that…well…it doesn’t look like a whole mess of food. I know some of you might wonder if you’ll leave still famished from your lunch or dinner there. Don’t worry you won’t. It might not be the most gut-busting meal you’ve ever had, but you should leave satisfied.

Is it the best Shabu Shabu I’ve had? Well…no. But since so many of the Shabu Shabu places that I’ve come to know have gone under (maybe that’s a sign right there). Still, the thing of it is, you’re not grading this meal on the quality of the meats, you’re really grading it on the quality of the sauces…and they’re not bad, they just didn’t stand out. Plus, you will get a selection of five from which you are supposed to select one.

Just so you know.

Joon Shabu Shabu is fine. It knows what it’s doing, and doesn’t gouge you in the wallet. Greatest ever? No, but you can give it a whirl.

 

WHAT SHOULD I GET?: It really boils down to what kind of meat you’re into. They’ll all be cut thin, designed to hit the boiling water and cook up in a near instant. Me, I got thin slices of Angus Beef in a lunch special, and coupled that with the house Ponzu Sauce.

 

IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: You’re probably more likely to spot Joon Shabu Shabu from driving along its side that you are from looking at it’s front door. It’s front door and signage practically disappear into the background. And there aren’t a lot of signs around pointing you in the right direction toward parking.

Still, once you get in there, the Staff seems to be on the lookout for patrons who are new to the Shabu Shabu process and seem good at walking you through it.

 

PARKING: There does seem to be a garage in this nice new residential complex that will let patrons park. This may make more of a difference at night, so be on the lookout for nearby public parking. There is a good, cheap public lot about a block away, and that’s where I scored a space. It’s directly behind Raffi’s Place. I wouldn’t recommend parking there if it’s at night, as it’s far from the main drag, or any businesses of any sort. You might want to find someplace a little closer to the restaurant than that on a

 

MAP DIRECTIONS:
Joon Shabu Shabu
220 East Broadway
Glendale, CA 91205

Tel: (818) 484-8525

Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:30 – 9:30 pm
Friday: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:30 – 11:00 pm
Saturday: 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Sunday: 11:30 am – 9:30 pm