A coworker recommended Sapporo Ramen & Shabu-Shabu, particularly the spicy kimchi flavored broth base. (You choose a base for your shabu-shabu.) I chose that with the seafood selection: mussels, scallops, salmon, shrimp, and more. I loved the flavor and the experience. I went for lunch on a workday, and the timing was great. It's not super cheap, but this is not some pseudo-chinese fast food. Also you might re-think shabu-shabu for a date with someone you don't know well. It's a lot of fun having the broth and ingredients cook right at your table: dramatic, fresh, dynamic. If you like to participate in the final prep of your meal, shabu-shabu is a great choice, and this is a good place to go. Side note on shabu-shabu in general: if you're like me, shabu-shabu is not the most tidy style of food. Because you scoop (or chopstick) the food into the broth and then onto your plate, there are lots of changes for tiny splatters or drips. Don't go wearing a precious silk tie or dress, and don't go here for a first date.
I agree with most who have posted here that the prices are steep especially if you come for lunch, which is the only time I usually visit. The solution to that is to come with a group, order family style and share everything. There's plenty to around. Sad thing is, in addition to a decline in the quality of food, there's also plenty of attitude to go around too. Our waiter today was not only smug, he was downright rude. I understand that sometimes you have to lean across a patron to pour water or serve food, but the guy who served us today was practically in my lap, without so much as an excuse me. I backed my chair up to give him more room to do what he needed to do, but he didn't seem to notice or care. I do like going here with a large group from time to time, and hope that the owners will take heed to some of the comments posted here. With the likes of Carousel just down the street, it may not be wise to get too comfortable offering mediocre food and poor service.
Thanks to my friend who recommended this place. It is now one of my favorite spots in Glendale! The fish was fresh and the toppings were delicious. I ordered fish bowl with Salmon, Yellow Tail and Eel; spicy poke sauce; topped with seaweed, smelt eggs, and avocado. I love the tastes of my combination so much! All these goodness cost about $13, very good price! The reason why this place did not get 5 stars was the problem of the ordering website, which did not process my credit card payment under "Order for later" option. (I used Visa because the business only accepts Visa and Master cards) My friend tried to called the restaurant and intended to order by phone, but the manager did not understand the situation and had a rude attitude in responding. That was how we figured the business did not take orders by phone, which could be very inconvenient for customers; especially when there's a bug on the ordering website.