After quite a while on new restaurants and places, here is a update on Shaab Japanese Cuisine, where I haven't written about for a year already. Since we were visiting Pasadena, we might as well have some lunch first before completing the task...so it was off to Shaab!
Since it was already late by the time we got there for lunch, the restaurant was emptier than usual. It happened to also be the right time for a Pasadena health inspector to check out the restaurant and refresh the Pasadena health rating!
We tried some new items this time around. One dining companion ordered the Chicken Teriyaki and California Roll (8.90 USD).
I didn't try the California roll but it looked quite tasty. :)
As for the chicken teriyaki the sauce had a nice mirin flavor and was not too sweet, and the chicken was nicely tender and grilled not too a char.
My other dining companions ordered the Broiled Black Cod Fish, Chawanmushi, and Salad (8.90 USD).
The fish serving was more generous compared to last year, and was smooth and delicious. Serving size was probably bigger, as there was only chawanmushi (good as always), and a...
...plate of salad, which in total came out a dollar cheaper than if you had tempura and sashimi along with the cod instead.
I ordered the Makunouchi Bento (12.80 USD). There was no description, so what could it include for one of the priciest items on the menu? There was a lot! Beside the miso soup and rice, there was...
Chawanmushi, which had a savory smooth egg mixture as well as various seafood in the bottom.
Broiled fish (possibly mackerel?), which was very robust in flavor like a corvina fish at BCD Tofu House.
Tempura, which was all nice and crispy, accompanied by a steaming hot and savory tempura sauce which was based off of soy sauce and dashi. There was quite a variation in ingredients from shrimp to green beans, carrot, and sweet potato.
The next box seemed to have more items similar to bento accompaniments. There was pork belly which was braised in a soy mixture like in the Chinese style, a fried meat dumpling I have never had before, tamago which was eggy, smooth, and sweet, seaweed which was tender and lightly marinated, and crispy lotus roots that were quite interesting!
Lastly was some fried eggplant which was topped with ponzu and minced daikon and green onions. Creamy, slightly pungent, and citrusy, it was a delicious take on eggplant!
Overall, another good experience at Shaab! Definitely visit if you are nearby the area or don't live too far away for a tasty lunch with shabu shabu and other options.
Shaab Japanese Cuisine
7 N Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103
Tel: (626) 683-1150