Saturday, August 23, 2014

Not Too Shabu

Japanese hot pots in Pasadena

Full_osawa

Mrs. José Andrés wooed the famous chef with her gazpacho. Mrs. Gordon Ramsay has published scads of her own cookbooks. Chef David Lentz’s chef is Suzanne Goin.
 
The moral: Chef’s wives are no slouches themselves.

Enter Sayuri Tachibe, wife of Chaya’s longtime executive chef Shigefumi Tachibe. Today she opens Osawa, an Old Pasadena shrine to sushi and shabu-shabu.
 
Inside the light, bright and orchid-filled space, a modest main dining room seats seven at the sushi bar and another ten at the shabu-shabu bar.
 
Now, we've heard that Wagyu cows get massages and drink beer. But Saga Wagyu cows might be drinking Dom and listening to Chopin, because they’re the second-highest grade of wagyu available on Earth – and you can ask for it in Osawa’s headliner, shabu-shabu.   
 
To order, sit at the shabu bar, where you’ll have your own personal burner. Receive your hot pot and swish your paper-thin Saga strips around in the steaming dashi broth. Maybe add some vegetables, udon, or their homemade soy sauce or ponzu.  
 
Word to the wallet: the Saga version is $89. Though for $21-$26, prime rib eye, Kurobuta pork or seafood of the day make for fine bowls, too.
 
Which leaves some budget left for your next visit to Chaya.

Osawa theosawa.com
77 N Raymond Ave. (at E. Holly), Pasadena
(626) 683-1150
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Nearby: YardHouse; Haven Gastropub; Blind Donkey

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