Shabu World

Rating: Two sideways thumbs
Date: 1/20/12
Time in: 1:30 PM
What we ordered: Seafood combo (salmon, scallops, shrimp) + egg, meat combo (beef and pork), 2 teas.
Number in our party: 2
Final check amount: $15.09 + 11.85


  • I couldn’t write detailed notes while eating because (1) there was no table space for writing at a shabu shabu place, and (2) the staff was constantly hovering over us. There were like 6 of them waiting on just us, and they’d ask us the same questions over and over.  Kind of annoying.
  • Also, there was one server who looked incredibly out of place.  She was the only non-Asian, and she had an accent (Russian?  European of some kind?).  Her outfit was straight out of a high-fashion magazine, and her makeup made her look like a creepy marionette doll.  We both wondered why they hired her…
  • The salmon was pretty fishy; the scallop was tasteless; and the shrimp tasted a bit like dirt.  Plus…they added the egg into the udon soup when it wasn’t hot enough.  So instead of the nice egg-drop I’d have liked, it became raw egg broth.  Ew.
  • The sign looks like it says Swab World.  Haha!
    We would give this place a thumbs down, but we felt it might be unfair to a restaurant that just opened.  We would probably never go back though.

Address: 3904 Convoy St, Ste 117
Phone number: 858.715.1188
Accepts credit cards? Yes
Parking: Crowded lot, especially when The Original Pancake House is open
Ideal group size: 1-3
Available vegetarian options: Vegetable combo
Noise level: 2

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