If you haven't tried the Shabu Shabu style of Japanese dining before, there is not better way to introduce yourself to it than by visiting Deden's new Shabu Shabu restaurant on 3 Jyo, just a few paces off Kaimono Koen.
Not only is the food of the same outstanding quality as the original Deden restaurant in the San Roku area, the Shabu Shabu Deden restaurant is new from top to bottom featuring a bright modern decor including individual heating elements allowing customers to manage their own shabu shabu pot. As far as we are aware, this is a first for shabu shabu in Asahikawa.
The shabu shabu itself is of the highest order, with a broad choice of high quality beef, pork, lamb and seafood available to suit both taste and budget. The appetizers and side dishes are borrowed from Deden's original menu and provide a perfect distraction from boiling meat, veggies and noodle.
First timers need not fear, Deden's English menu provides you with everything you need to know about what's available, as well as background on the shabu shabu style of dining and a "how to shabu shabu" section. It also provides instructions on how to negotiate the heating element controls and will have you cooking with ease in minutes.
Deden Shabu Shabu is open for lunch and dinner and can accommodate up to 30 people providing both table seating and the more traditional counter seating. Groups of four or more would do well to make a reservation for dinner on weekends and payment by credit card is no problem.
If you have never tried Shabu Shabu before, you're likely to find it a fun and sociable style of eating, best enjoyed with generous amounts of ice-cold beer, and Deden is definitely the best place to start.