I know the restaurant looks empty but business is really not bad here. I mean just look at Mr. Mitsu. He seems really happy & on top of things.
The unique thing about this place is that the table comes with a built-in electric stove, & there's one each for every seated customer. So that should be an exciting experience in itself if you're a gadget kinda person.
But if you're the mama-cooks-everything-for-you kinda person, then it's bad news cos you've got to DIY. The soup is basically chicken based soup, very tasty but of course there will usually be a hint of msg. But in this case not too strong as we really dont feel thirsty after. The soup pot is standard and you can ask for refill. There is basically no charges for soup. You can just go about ordering the normal set of meat, fish, prawns and so forth. We can either order in sets or individual plate of single type of food. The set is a good deal. For RM 25, we get shabu shabu slices of tenderloin beef a large vegie platter which consist of veg, tofu, seaweed, mushrooms with tang hoon and so on. Lamb set is RM18. Seafood set ranges from RM20 to 35. You can order mixture of seafood too. O combo of meat.
The food here is really pretty fresh.
This item of big head prawn is expensive. We ordered as individual platter. Cost about RM72 for about 6-7 prawns. Indulgence for the Melbourne boy.
This restaurant has its original roots in Sibu, where it's successful 2-storey HQ restaurant is located. From the looks of it, it's doing well & may be here for a longer time than most shops, considering the fact that it's a Foochow-based business. Based on that fact alone, you can almost bet on it.
TIP for cooking: If you're a cooking-challenged kinda guy like me, there's hope & salvation. Look for the Hotpot button, press on it & adjust the temperature to somewhere around 180 deg & it'll keep the steamboat steaming hot & warm for the whole duration.
Mitsu Shabu Shabu is located at Jln Simpang Tiga, in between Swinburne & RHB Bank. We definitely rate this place with a min of 8-9/10 for good service, clean and cool place (very important when eating steamboat in a place like Kuching), reasonable prices and fresh food.