Japanese Hotpot at Shabu-Shabu Ichiban

by - Friday, April 28, 2017

Shabu-shabu Ichiban first opened its doors to the public mid last year, showcasing their huge Alaskan King crabs that people can't stop drooling over, well, except for me. Trying out the luxurious Alaskan King crabs was never on my mind. Yes, I was curious, but that wasn't enough reason for me to shell out too much money.

I first planned to visit this with my friends, but our schedules made it difficult for us to set a date, which later on caused the plan to get stashed away. I still wanted to try it, even on my own, and that's when the waiting for deal vouchers began.
I got a deal from metrodeal for the Set B. Instead of paying P688, I got it for P482 per person.

Vegetable Platter

•Vegetable Platter 
•US Angus Chuck Eye Roll (Beef with less fat) 
•US Beef Short Plate 
•Boston Butt 
•Chicken Leg Quarter 
•Chicken and Pork 
•Assorted Balls


Chinese Cabbage Kimchi 

This didn't look like the usual kimchi I see from Korean restaurants, probably because this is a Japanese place xD

Sushi and Sashimi Platter
•Sushi & Sashimi Platter 

-Tuna Sashimi 

-Salmon Sashimi 


-California Maki 

Their sushi platter wasn't bad.

Not a fan of edamame. We had a hard time swallowing this xD

Shrimp Tempura

•Shrimp Tempura 

Their tempura was thinner than usual, but it was still good.

Japanese Style Fried Chicken Wings
•Japanese Style Fried Chicken Wings 

Wings seasoned with salt and pepper, and had that slight sweetness in it as well.


Pork katsu on a stick. I liked it, but the sauce was kinda off. It had that sour, tamarind-like after taste as if something wrong was added to the mix.

•Japanese Rice 


•Raw Egg


A scoop of ice cream drizzled with some syrup (I think it's honey but I didn't really get to taste it that much) and topped with crushed polvoron. Ice cream choices are: vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate.


Lots of drinks to choose from! Oh, and did I mention that it's also unlimited?


Choose from 24 soup bases available! What's even more interesting is that you can have a free taste of the soup before ordering so you know which ones you like the most. This way you can get what best for your tastebuds instead of opting for the more common and recommended ones. The best-sellers: Tonkotsu and Spicy Miso.

I was looking for a soup similar to the sate (I love this when having shabu-shabu), but they didn't have it. The closest I think was the spicy miso, but I'm not into spicy food so I didn't want to try it. The soup that we got instead were the tonkotsu and konbu (seaweed). The tonkotsu wasn't like the thick broth we usually have in a ramen, so I didn't really enjoy sipping it that much, although I don't regret choosing this soup because the meat tasted so good being soaked in it. The konbu tasted more bland and basic, with just a hint of seaweed flavor in every sip.
There's not much of a difference between the sets A and B. The additional sides tasted okay, but it's not something I would spend the extra cash on. For me, just the shabu shabu set is enough. If you're feeling a little extravagant, then give the Alaskan King crabs a shot and tell us what you think! 128521

My Score:
Pricing - 3.5/5
Service - 3.5/5
Ambiance - 4/5
Taste - 3.5/5

Date of Visit: March 31, 2017

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