Arashi Shabu Shabu @ Gurney Plaza, Penang

The modern concept Japanese style chain individual hot pot restaurant, Arashi Shabu-Shabu has landed in Gurney Plaza Penang eventually after stirring a phenomenon in the southern part of Malaysia.

Deviating from the conventional style of steamboat, Arashi Shabu-Shabu luxuriating its patrons in a cozy and delicate yet stylish interior decor with an individual hotpot, instead of everybody sharing and putting all the ingredients into a same hotpot.

It is still pretty crowded, judging by the long queue at the restaurant during peak hours. We went there at 4pm to skip the queue actually.

Arashi Shabu Shabu Gurney Paragon

Coming here and you would not want to miss their hotpot set. Available in Arashi Shabu Set (comes with slices of meat of your choice), Arashi Mix Combo Set (comes with a platter of mixture of your choice) or Japanese Style Zosui (the hotpot comes with Japanese rice soup), choose the one that clicks your heart when you flip through the menu.

On top of that, there are different types of soup base to choose from. Additional RM2.00 is required to enjoy the other soup base other than the first 3.

                                                               1) Arashi Miso Broth
                                                               2) Arashi Komba Broth
                                                               3) Arashi Vegetarian Broth
                                                               4) Arashi Sukiyaki Broth
                                                               5) Arashi Herbal Broth
                                                               6) Arashi Milk Broth
                                                               7) Arashi Tomyam Broth
                                                               8) Arashi Kimchi Broth
                                                               9) Arashi Spicy Sichuan Broth
                                                              10) Arashi Hot & Spicy Milk Broth  
                                                                 
Arashi Shabu Shabu Gurney Paragon

Arashi Shabu Shabu Gurney Paragon

The seafood and mixed combo set (RM32.90) with Arashi herbal soup. The herbal scent is moderate, not to bold to strike a fearful herbal taste. 

Arashi Shabu Shabu Gurney Paragon

Arashi Shabu Shabu Gurney Paragon

Comes with pieces of beef, lamb, salmon, fried bean sheet, a treasure bag, a spurting meat ball, lettuce, mushrooms, a bed of enoki mushroom and a staple of your choice (rice, noodle or rice vermicelli). The quantity definitely is more than enough for a person. 

The spurting meal ball really will spurt steaming hot liquid after dipping in the boiling hot soup. Be careful when 

Arashi Shabu Shabu Gurney Paragon


Arashi Shabu Shabu Gurney Paragon

As we wanted to order other meal than Shabu-Shabu, Arashi also offers a choice with Teppanyaki set or Bibimbap. The Grilled Chicken and Kimuchi Bibimbap (RM18.90) is fried on the table upon served, and the kimchi actually inject a hint of spiciness and hotness into the bibimbap. The flavour is bold and nice.

Arashi Shabu Shabu Gurney Paragon

Arashi Shabu Shabu Gurney Paragon

Six types of condiments are provided at the corner: chili padi, chinese parsley, taiwan satay sauce, hong kong sauce, thai chili sauce, arashi special sauce and wafu goma sauce.

Arashi Shabu Shabu Gurney Paragon

Arashi Shabu Shabu Gurney Paragon

Arashi Shabu Shabu Gurney Paragon

Arashi Shabu Shabu Gurney Paragon

Arashi Shabu Shabu Gurney Paragon

On a sidebar note, their staff appear to be slow, not sure it was due to the overwhelming work or they are new. Nobody attended to us although we ringed the bell for 5 times across a period of 10 minutes, till we have to manually call a server to take the order. The staff also appeared to be not properly trained, ie putting the tray over our head when cleaning the table. The speed only get a boost when someone appears to be their supervisor arrives and hasten the process of everything. Perhaps the conditions might improve after some time then, considering they are still new.

Arashi Shabu Shabu
Level 3, Gurney Plaza, Persiaran Gurney, 10250 Georgetown, Penang
Tel: 04-229 8688
Operation hours: 10:00am - 10:00pm

Location map refers here

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