7001 Geary Blvd., San Francisco CA 94121
Shabu Shabu must be Japanese for delicious delicious. But it can also be pricey pricey – at least here in SF (sometimes $50/person). Last Friday night, however, I re-discovered Kufuya on Geary in the Outer Richmond District. I say re-discovered because I used to go there when my kids were wee-little and it was your basic sushi/bento box joint. No more. Now it’s a hot spot (literally! Mini burners on the tables), that offers both a regular Japanese menu and all-you-can-eat Shabu Shabu for a manageable twenty-five bucks a head. And for just $10, it’s all-you-can-drink (house sake and beer). They don’t advertise that on their awning because if they did, you would never get near the place. On our visit we chose the Tonkatsu broth and for an hour feasted like it was our last meal on earth, devouring unlimited vegetables, lamb, and beef cooked in the broth along with mushrooms, cabbage, bean sprouts, spinach, noodles, and tofu. You can also plop fresh garlic, scallions, chopped jalapenos and daikon radish into your dish or on top of your soup bowl. Drizzle on some savory house-made ponzu sauce and you just can’t stop. We were lucky to be seated, as everything was pre-booked with reservations. By 7:45 p.m. the family-run establishment was indeed jam-packed with a super upbeat vibe. I definitely will go back for more bubbling hot bowls of shabu shabu again again.