Love a good buffet, but tired of stuffing yourself with greasy, fried or unhealthy options? Shabu shabu is definitely the kind of food for you. Cooking fresh meat, noodles, and vegetables in flavorful soup is a good way to stay on track in terms of your health and diet goals, but get as many good things to eat as you want. If you’re looking for a restaurant where you can grab some of this nourishing grub, check out this list for some wonderful places for your next meal!
1. Four Seasons Buffet & Hotpot
Location: Bldg E., By the Bay, MOA Complex, Seaside Blvd, Pasay / SM Southmall, Las Piñas
If you’re looking for an eat-all-you-can shabu-shabu restaurant that will give you excellent value for money, Four Seasons, which is located in Mall of Asia and is owned by the same group as the Vikings buffet chain, serves a wide variety of unlimited desserts, sushi, appetizers and drinks to go with their various soups—from sinigang to beef broth—and choices of vegetables and proteins to cook. Do try their premium wagyu beef option!
2. Mandarin Palace Seafood and Shabu Shabu Restaurant
Location: B.F. Homes 142 Aguirre Ave., cor. N. Jacinto, BF Homes, Paranaque City, Aguirre Ave, Parañaque
This Paranaque restaurant serves good Chinese food and shabu-shabu. Order hakaw, fried seafood rolls or siomai to go with your shabu-shabu- the spicy Szechuan and pork bone soup are perfect for a healthy, yet filling and delicious lunch. Their satay sauce is particularly good.
3. Bugis Singapore Street Food
Location: 78 Nicanor Roxas Street, Quezon City
This hidden gem in Banawe serves a Singaporean version of shabu-shabu called a steamboat—they can serve you beef, pork or chicken to go with the silky tofu, noodles and rich, flavorful stock. They also serve Korean ice creams for dessert. This is also a great choice if you’re eating with a group that wants different options, as they also serve delicious laksa and sizzling platters.
4. Ganso Shabuway
Location: Bel-Air Power Plant Mall, Rockwell, Makati City / Greenbelt 5, San Lorenzo, Makati City
Tired of the usual shabu-shabu choices? Ganso Shabuway has these amazing original broths—such as Wakame Seaweed and Ginger Chicken—which are guaranteed to put a flavorful spin on any protein and veggie platter you order for cooking. A recommended order is their deluxe seafood platter with the Spicy Miso broth—you can adjust the spiciness level according to your taste. Their gyoza is also a must-have.
5. King One
Location: Libertad Pasay City / Level 2, Forum Building, 270 Tomas Morato Ave.
One of the newer restaurants to the shabu-shabu scene, King One is known for its unusual conveyor belt of interesting ingredients for your shabu-shabu buffet lunch or dinner—from mozzarella balls to sliced lamb, to more traditional options of sliced lean beef and mushrooms, King One is a good shabu-shabu restaurant where you can get your healthy fix for less than Php 700 any day of the week!
6. Healthy Shabu Shabu
Location: The Podium / Shangri-la Plaza Mall / Power Plant Mall / ATC / Festival Mall / SM MOA / Robinsons Place Manila / Lucky Chinatown Mall
You can’t go wrong with this restaurant—not only does it have various branches, it has a variety of mixed sets sure to please any palate, from the hungry carnivore to the health-conscious vegetarian. There are also sets good for larger groups, and sets just right for individual diners, making shabu-shabu available for a healthy lunch or dinner. Their lamb and shrimp set works well with the plentiful noodles—grab the tempura as a crunchy contrast!
7. Tong Yang Smokeless Grill and Shabu Shabu
Location: M. Adriatico Street Corner Pedro Gilmalate, Metro Manila
For a net price of Php 595, you can enjoy unlimited shabu-shabu and smokeless grilling. They have options such as kimchi soup and spicy sate for their broths, and offer drink all you want choices such as San Miguel draft beer, melon juice and coffee. Definitely a bargain!
8. Huat Pot
Location: 2nd Flr Metropoint Ctr. P. Guevarra cor Wilson Sts. San Juan City, Philippines, 1502 San Juan del Monte
This affordable option in Addition Hills has great sets if you’re looking for good shabu-shabu—you can choose from the all beef, all pork, all chicken or all seafood set, just as suggestions, with your choice of juice or soft drinks to go with it. The lamb is also a good option. They also have different kinds of soups, such as mushroom and laksa. Enjoy the unlimited Magnum bars that go with their sets!
9. Tenka Japanese Shabu Shabu
Location: Second Floor, Glorietta 4, Glorietta Complex, Makati City
Located in Glorietta 4, there is a good selection of unlimited shabu-shabu options, plus a salad and dessert bar, so you can enjoy as many servings of noodles as you want with their broth! Their well-marbled beef pairs well with corn, tofu and their lobster rolls. They also serve fresh sashimi by individual order if you want something different.
10. Tien Tien Hotpot
Location: Ground Floor, Atrium Building, Paseo de Roxas Street Corner Makati Avenue, Urdaneta, Makati City
If you find yourself around Makati, Tien Tien in Salcedo Village serves good shabu-shabu—choose from their plain, satay or wansuy soup, then fill it up with options such as fresh young corn, shark’s fin ball and sliced pork. The cheese balls come highly recommended.