This time we used our Living Social voucher on a Friday night to give Shabu a try on Park City’s Main Street. We made reservations for 6pm and when we arrived the place only had a few tables occupied, but they said they were booked for the evening. About an hour or so later, the place was packed, so we do suggest you get reservations.
Our friendly waitress took our drink order: Sapporro Tin (Japanese Rice Lager, $8) and a signature cocktail, No Thyme Like the Present which is a mix of Hendricks gin, muddled thyme, lime juice, cucumber simple syrup and white grape juice ($8). My friend’s Sapporro was good, but I especially enjoyed my Thyme cocktail, slightly sweet and refreshing.
Appetizer and Entrées
For an appetizer, we had to try the Firecracker Shrimp – tempura rock shrimp, creamy-spicy sauce, tobiko & green onion ($18). It was perfectly battered, light and crispy and slightly spicy.
For our entrees we ordered one of their “Large Plates,” the Kurobuta Pork Tenderloin Roulade- with a sausage, date, and cranberry stuffing, an Asian applesauce, potato pancakes, roasted asparagus and crème fraîche ($38) and a signature dish, Moo Shu Duck – pan seared duck breast, glazed with cherry pad Thai sauce, rolled inside moo shu pancakes, served with blistered green beans ($36).
My friend enjoyed his dish except we both thought the pork, without the sauce, was a little overcooked and dry. The favorite part of my dish was the blistered green beans (flash fried, sweet and spicy miso sauce & peanuts). They were very tasty and nothing like I’ve had before as far as green beans go.
As for the duck, it was just okay. The duck pieces were sliced very thin, which made them tender and easy to eat, but if you gave that dish to me blindly, I wouldn’t know it was duck. The glaze hid the meat flavor on the thinly cut slices. And without dipping the wrapped bundles into the pad Thai sauce, it wasn’t very flavorful. I expected more from a signature dish. I wouldn’t order it again, but instead try the Miso Glazed Black Cod, Wagyu Beef Hot Rock or the Shabu, Shabu hot pot – on a side note, Shabu, Shabu is what Rachael Ray and her husband tried while at Shabu on “Rachael’s Vacation.”
For dessert, we ordered the Chocolate Molten Lava Cake & House-Made Vanilla Bean Ice Cream ($10). The waitress said it takes a little time to make the cake, which was fine and certainly worth the wait. Since they knew we were splitting the dessert, they made a nice presentation on one long plate for both of us to easily enjoy, with two dishes of ice cream on either end and the molten cake to share in the middle. It was warm, gooey, chocolatey goodness paired with creamy, homemade vanilla ice cream. Mmmmmm….
Our bill total was $125.80 – $40 Living Social Coupon= $85.80 + $20 (cost of coupon) = $105.80 + tip on original amount. This is not Park City cheap eats, but a place to treat yourself on a special night out. Shabu had great service, nice atmosphere and I think better food than what we tried (at least as far as main entrees go) – we did love the appetizer and dessert.
Shabu Park City Location
442 Main Street, Park City UT
435.645.7253 Shabu Park City Website