MOMO SUKIYAKI AND SHABU SHABU, MELBOURNE CBD: In the heart of Melbourne Chinatown is the cosy Japanese hot pot restaurant, with it’s sister store, Gyoza Gyoza just adjoining that offers traditional a la carte Japanese cuisine. Sukiyaki is a special type of sweet and slightly salty Japanese hot pot base – quite different to hotpot from other cuisines. My first time having Shabu Shabu (Japanese hot pot) and Momo Sukiyaki provided fresh Wagyu slices perfect for the sukiyaki, and delicious sides were a bonus.
The good fat: The sukiyaki sauce base was light and sweet, working with the strong Wagyu flavours of the sliced set really effectively. The 3 types of Wagyu cuts that were offered in the Wagyu 2-person set were all incredibly fresh, tender and flavoursome – full of the richness of the true Wagyu taste. I also really enjoyed the mushrooms soaked in the soup.
The karaage was juicy and fried crisply, whilst the scallop skirt salad was a small sample full to the brim of classic essence of Japanese salads – refreshing, light yet sweet. Ending the lunch off with a matcha and hojicha blended soy soft serve was very satisfying as it was smooth and rich with the tea flavours.
The bad fat: Whilst we appreciated in being able to try two hot pot soup bases, the soy flavour – another Japanese Shabu Shabu classic, was quite bland and lacked the aroma of a high quality soy base.
SHOULD YOU GET FAT HERE?
Yes – There’s not many Melbourne restaurants that offer Shabu Shabu with a delicious sukiyaki and quality wagyu so Momo Shabu Shabu is a great bet, especially if you’re looking for a nice evening dinner in Chinatown for a cold Melbourne winter’s day.
CHECK OUT MOMO SUKIYAKI AND SHABU SHABU HERE: https://www.momoshabushabu.com.au/
2wofatgirls would like to thank Momo Sukiyaki and Shabu Shabu for the invitation to dine – these opinions are strictly unbiased and were influenced in no way by the collaboration