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Petite Shabu-Shabu For Solo Diners Or Couples At New Eatery; Single Portion Sets From $9.90

Shabu-Go at Nex offers Japanese hotpot sets with soups like tonkotsu for one or two pax. ​​​​​​​

Shabu-Go at Nex offers Japanese hotpot sets with soups like tonkotsu for one or two pax. ​​​​​​​

Shabu-Go at Nex offers Japanese hotpot sets with soups like tonkotsu for one or two pax. ​​​​​​​

Hot on the heels of solo hotpot joint FuFu Pot is Shabu-Go, a casual Japanese hotpot restaurant that seats 68 (or 36 socially-distanced diners) with shabu-shabu sets tailored for both couples and single diners.

The homegrown eatery is a part of &Joy Japanese Food Street (recently rebranded from Shokotsu Ten Japanese Food Street, owned by RE&S Enterprises), and opens its doors along with the rest of the enclave at Nex shopping mall today (Oct 13). The street houses seven of the group’s other concepts, including casual barbecue restaurant Yakiniku-Go.

Unlike FuFu which serves hotpot for one with ingredients that are already fully-cooked, guests at Shabu-Go get to swish and dip their way through thinly-sliced raw meat, seafood and veggies in their soup of choice. Prices for a set (which comes with pre-selected ingredients) start from a reasonable $9.90. Here, each smallish pot is heated via an induction cooker — single diners can expect a dual hotpot to themselves (with a choice of just one soup), while couples share one (they can choose a regular single or dual pot).

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1 of 4 Semi self-service

The dining room is simply decorated and dominated by woody accents, with seating for pairs and groups of four (take note of the current two pax dining rule now). Guests place their orders by scanning a QR code, before staff serve them. Payment is done at the cashier thereafter.

  • 2 of 4 Nine different Japanese soups

    There are nine soup choices which begin at $4 for half the dual hotpot. Options include Sukiyaki (a brothier version of the traditional gravy), Yuzu Dashi and Ginseng Tonkotsu. A la carte meat dishes to cook in your soup include Beef Short Plate ($6), Iberico Pork Belly ($9) and even a premium Wagyu Beef Ribeye ($24). For seafood, there’s stuff like sashimi-grade Salmon ($8) and Hamachi ($8).

  • 3 of 4 The sets

    There are 11 set meals on offer — the cheapest $9.90 Chicken Set comes with a choice of breast or thigh meat, your choice of soup from three options, a veggie platter (including carrot, daikon radish and enoki mushroom) and Japanese vermicelli. Want something fancier? Opt for the Tokusen Set ($29.90), with more luxe scallops, prawns, beef short plate and pork meatballs.

  • 4 of 4 The frills

    The restaurant also offers housemade meatballs and seafood pastes, like the Chicken Tsukune ($6; pictured) and Prawn Paste with Yuzu ($9). Sauces for dipping cost an extra $1.50 per diner. Try the Tangy Green Chilli or Go-Signature Sauce, which comprises a mix of ponzu, light soy sauce, sugar, chilli padi and sesame seeds.

    Shabu-Go is at #B1-80, Nex, 23 Serangoon Central, S556083. Tel: 6634-0029. Open daily, 11am – 10pm. More info via Facebook and Instagram.

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