First Dibs at SHABURI Japanese Shabu Restaurant in Manila

Saturday, November 26, 2016

We got first dibs at SHABURI, the newly opened Shabu Shabu Restaurant in Manila. It's located at the 4th Floor Uptown Mall in BGC and has been soft opened since September. I've been dreading to see this place since they opened but had tons of events in between. The place is owned by Cecille Zamora-Van Straten (Ms. C aka Chuvaness) and her good looking husband Chef Jeroen Van Straten. It was also my first time Chef Jeroen so I was a little starstruck hehe. Now I was thinking this is going to be a little splurge because of the fact that it is an All You Can Eat Wagyu restaurant but there's actually something good about the meat that they're serving. Beef as we all know is rich in protein but aside from that it's got iron, amino acids, zinc and is good for growing kids and improvement of physical and brain function. It's also got Vitamin B, B2 and B12 for beauty, skin care and your hair. Now isn't that enough reason to have good meat? I'll tell you more!

The Interiors

The place was absolutely Japanese. I'm not talking Tatami mats and paper panels, but more of the use of wood, bamboo, glass panels because I think they prioritized privacy among other things. I remember this unspoken rule in Japanese restaurants which was against double dipping things on sauces and containers (which I almost did OMG!) so in each seat in this restaurant, you've got your own pot and induction stove built in on the tables. The color scheme is pretty much classic whites, blacks, wood.

I also LOVE the light fixtures. Everything looked so bright and it's conducive to looking at the face of who you're talking to. Date place? Yes, if you're already in the phase that you're so comfortable to pig out without judging each other, because chances are you are bound to do that here! Ha-ha!

I think that is Vice Mayor Zamora on the far left table. You'll also be seeing celebrities here I'm sure.

Oh and before I forget, aside from Coke, they've got Coffee, iced teas, and a full blown soft Ice Cream machine (it's on the left of the Coke Machine but didn't catch it on the frame) on site. They've got mugs too so if you're in the mood for Rootbeer Float, go ahead and do that. They also have chocolate syrup, sprinkles, more chocolate and caramel too.

They also accept major credit cards so you don't have to lug around a ton of cash when you plan to dine at Shaburi. The 4th Floor is also accessible from the outside escalator if you are coming from the Uptown Mall Fountain or coming from the Valkyrie area. It's just beside Buffalo Wild Wings and mobile phone shops in the area.

Oh, let's talk about the food... glorious food!

The Food

So before I do show you some of the food items that are inside SHABURI I feel I should show you this video first. There's actually a system in doing the Japanese buffet that you should know about. My friendly server Wendy explained to me how it's done so please pay attention or just replay the video if you miss things :)

So as mentioned earlier, you control the heat of this induction cooker by controlling the levels. P1 for simmering, P5 is the highest if you want to boil faster. I chose P1 because I wasn't in a hurry LOL!

I chose the Spicy Miso because I love everything with a kick. I've seen almost everyone order the Original Konbu (I hear it's highly recommended) but they've also got other broth bases like Sukiyaki, the Soy Milk Miso and the Chicken Collagen Paitan which is said to be good on your skin. We need that!

There are tons of fresh vegetables but what I put on my plate was the Bok Choi, the Spinach, White Onions, Onion Leeks, and about 3 kinds of Mushrooms.

The mushrooms bring the soup to another level, like it makes it more earthy, and adds a bit more crunch to your already big vegetable serving simmering in the broth.

They have Papaya, Melon and Pineapples when I was there. I wish I had more room for these aside from the meats I had this evening LOL!

Included in the buffet are Japanese fried favorites like wings, Karaage, Gyudon, Vegetable Tempura, and Fries.

Crazy Melt in Your Mouth Wagyu Beef!

The price of the Buffet basically depends on the meat you want to have. It ranges from Php 499 (I think this is during lunch) up to Php 1,599. The prices also differ for kids, so yes you can include them too! If you want to have dinner on weekends and holidays and have the Special Wagyu, Shaburi Wagyu, Special Beef, Tasty Beef and Tender Pork, or would like to reserve a table or two, you may call them at +632 9782481, +632 8052932 or +639177083930.

If you would like to also do small parties, they have separate areas for that. Just let them know. Oh and before I forget, they also serve Asahi and San Mig Light for those who want a beer or two while they're having dinner. I saw the people at the other table getting drunk! Ha-ha!

This was when the server made me a dip. It was good, so if you don't want the fuss, ask the friendly server and they can help you if you can't make up your mind.

My first serving, including the Special Wagyu (rightmost meat). I wanna go back already!

Do not forget that they also have desserts on the buffet. I chose to put soft ice cream (Vanilla and Chocolate) plus a drizzle of Caramel Syrup. I was a happy boy!

I am so glad to have experienced SHABURI. I didn't know how much I ate (okay I do) but for all that, I didn't feel anything oily, just nourished. I suppose you could call this one of the most awesome places to eat if you very much want VALUE FOR MONEY. The premium meats alone cost a fortune so you're pretty much already getting what you spent for in a couple of servings. The place is clean, the servers are well trained, and the food is glorious. You should try it out if you're in the area. Or if you are celebrating with friends, family and work people, this would be the perfect place to do it. Fresh vegetables, fresh seafood, crunchy karaage, lovely gyudon, scrumptious sushi, unlimited dessert and drinks, what more can you ask for?

Thanks Ms. C for inviting me. I had a feast, and even from a person who lives in QC it was all worth the trip to BGC! I'm going back there for more real soon! SHABURI is again located at the 4th Floor of UPTOWN MALL in BGC. Oh and you just wait, they're planning to open 10 more stores real soon. How convenient would that be if you had it in a mall nearby no? 


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