- December 25 2015
All You Can Eat Shabu-Shabu At Washoku Sato Kawachi Matsubara-ten
Hi folks! I’m Waka Ossan in Osaka!
I took my wife and children out for dinner the other day, and I found a place called Washoku Sato Kawachi Matsubara-ten. It is an all-you-can-eat style Shabu-Shabu restaurant.
Washoku Sato is a very popular chain Shabu-Shabu restaurant in Kansai region.
What Is Shabu-Shabu, Anyway?
Shabu-Shabu is a Japanese hot pot dish in which you dip thin-sliced meat and vegetables in a hot Dashi (soup stock-made from Kombu seaweed, shredded dried tuna, and/or others) to cook and eat with some sauce. It is one of Japan’s favourite dishes. There are many Shabu-Shabu restaurants that adopt an all-you-can-eat style.
In Tokyo, there are popular Shabu-Shabu chain restaurants such as Onyasai and Nabezo, but Washoku Sato is the most famous and popular in Kansai. They have their signature set menu called Sato-Shabu which is very popular!
We went to Kawachi Matsubara-ten (branch), which is a bit far from Namba or Umeda, the big downtowns in Osaka, but you can find Washoku Sato in these downtown areas as well.
Let’s Go To Washoku Sato To Enjoy Shabu-Shabu!
There are tables for both smokers and non-smokers (I know, Japan is one of few countries in the world now where you can still smoke indoors…).
Each booth has enough space for your legs to stretch.
Of course we came here to eat their signature Sato-Shabu (all-you-can eat) here! We wanted to eat some food other than Shabu-Shabu as well, so our order became Sato-Shabu PREMIUM course.
Sato-Shabu PREMIUM course is 2,570 yen for per adult and 529 yen for per child pre-school age and younger (both include tax). We were two adults and two preschool aged kids, so it added up 6,198 yen for all of us.
It wasn’t cheap for four, but it is all-you-can-eat Shabu-Shabu and other side dishes for 120 minutes...not bad, right?
You can choose Dashi (soup) from the picture above.
We picked Kombu (a kind of Seaweed) and Katsuo (shredded dried tuna) Dashis. There are other dashis like Kimchi, salt, and other flavours. If you want to change dashi after you start your 120 minutes, it will be an additional cost, so think carefully.
After our Dashis came to the table, vegetables, sliced beef and pork came. Dip each ingredient in Dashi by using chopsticks to cook...then let’s eat!
...Beef wasn’t greasy and was easy to swallow.
It was great with the sesame based sauce...yum!
Again, we chose Sato-Shabu PREMIUM, so we ordered side dishes as well.
There were french fries which my kids loved, small steak, Yakitori (seasoned chicken on skewer), Kushikatsu (deepfryed meat, vegetables, and/or eggs on skewer), and a lot more you can order.
I’m sorry I didn’t take pictures, but there was Sushi available, too.
We asked for more meat and Mitsuba (trefoil).
As I said above, both meat and vegetables are used as Shabu-Shabu ingredients, but Mitsuba…? I was surprised how well it goes with Shabu-Shabu! It adds a rich flavour to the dish… Mmm!!
You can choose some desserts at the end. There’s ice cream, shaved ice with syrup on top, etc…
Shabu-Shabu, Sushi, deep fried food, etc… They made us very full!
It is definitely worth the price! Meat that is used for Shabu-Shabu is not super luxury class, but if you are very hungry or want to eat a lot of meat and vegetables...I recommend Washoku Sato!
Again, Washoku Sato is a chain restaurant, so find one that is close to you in Kansai!