Ganso-Shabuway: New Menu Items at Shangri-la 's East Wing

Before the month of July ended, I received an invitation to try Ganso-Shabuway at Shangri-la Plaza's new East Wing. I'm generally not a big fan of shabu-shabu, but I decided to give it a try. Little did I know, this visit isn't really to sample their tried and tested shabu-shabu items, but a sneak peek at their new menu items to be rolled out at two (out of four) of their branches -- Greenbelt 5, and of course, Shangri-la Plaza.
Ganso-Shabuway at Shangri-la Plaza East Wing

Although Ganso-Shabuway prides itself on serving Japanese shabu-shabu, the restaurant actually originated from the United States when Eiichi Mochizuki & Koji Kikura opened a shabu-shabu restaurant in San Mateo, California back in 2004. And after opening more branches at Mountain View and San Jose, California, Ganso-Shabuway has now reached the Philippines with branches not only in Greenbelt 5 and Shangri-la Plaza, but also in Power Plant Mall Rockwell Center and Alabang Town Center.

Ganso-Shabuway Dining Area

The name Shabuway which came from shabu and way, translates to the road to shabu-shabu for shabu-shabu lovers. And staying true to its name, Ganso-Shabuway's old menu is only composed of shabu-shabu items with a few side orders or add-ons. However, they now offer more dishes, from appetizers, rice bowls and seafood. Note that these new menu items are only available in their Greenbelt 5 and Shangri-la Plaza branches. The other two branches will still carry the old shabu-shabu only menu.

The Appetizers

To officially start the tasting, we got to try the appetizers. Ganso-Shabuway offers four types on their menu, and we luckily got to try them all.

Nasu Miso Itame (P338)
✓ Nasu Miso Itame (P338)
Our first meal starter was the Nasu Miso Itame which is a serving of miso-glazed eggplant sitting on a bed of silky tofu and then topped with sesame seeds. Although this appetizer seemed simple, every spoonful was packed in flavor. It was the perfect dish to whet our palates and even the beau who was hesitant to eat the eggplant, did so and was craving for more! However, I have to say that the dish is pricey for what it is.

Beef Gyoza (P228)
Beef Gyoza (P228)
Next, we had the Beef Gyoza which is a serving of pan-fried dumplings stuffed with beef, pork, mushrooms and mixed vegetables. Okay, I'm not sure why they named it beef gyoza if it also contains pork, but these meaty bundles tasted good. I would've preferred if the wrapper were slightly thinner, but every bite was juicy and meaty, so it's pretty good. But again, I think the price is pretty steep for a five-piece serving.

Beef Wonton (P228)
Beef Wonton (P228)
We also had the gyoza's brother, Beef Wonton which had the same filling of ground beef and pork, mushrooms and mixed vegetables, but this time deep-fried into crispy wontons. Since this appetizer had basically the same stuffing as the gyoza, these fried bundles also contained juicy and meaty fillings. I can't say which I enjoyed more because I honestly think they're equally as good, but equally as pricey.

Chicken Karaage P258
✓ Chicken Karaage (P258)
I've only tasted a few Chicken Karaage items that I like, but I'm glad to say Ganso-Shabuway's is one of them. These marinated and deep-fried chicken pieces had strong notes of ginger and sake. This is actually the main reason I like these chicken treats, apart from the meat being really succulent, the skin being golden and crisp, and the lemon juice cutting through the richness of the dish. The slices of squash sitting underneath the chicken pieces were also good that I even asked the beau for his share.

The Seafood Items

Next, we were then introduced to two of Ganso-Shabuway's new seafood offerings.

Tuna Belly (P338)
Tuna Belly (P338)
The only fish item on the restaurant's menu is this Tuna Belly -- tuna glazed with garlic-butter yakiniku sauce and comes with a bowl of rice. Since I'm a big lover of garlic-butter, I can't deny that I enjoyed this item. However, while the tuna meat itself is quite soft, it can be cooked less done pa for a more enjoyable garlic-butter tuna belly experience.

Eby Fry (P388)
✓ Eby Fry (P388)
We also had a serving of the Ebi Fry -- crispy-fried five-piece shrimp with dipping sauce and mixed greens on the side. Now, I'd like to clarify that this is ebi fry and not necessarily ebi tempura. Unlike tempura which uses a light batter, these fried shrimps had an additional step -- adding panko or Japanese breadcrumbs, before deep-frying. And while I generally prefer tempura, I have to admit that I liked these panko-coated fried treats from Ganso-Shabuway. The salad on the side was a good accompaniment too.

The Rice Bowls

Another set of new items at Ganso-Shabuway are these three rice bowls.

Ebi Curry (P388)
Ebi Curry (P388)
First is the Ebi Curry which is a serving of 3 pieces of panko-coated and deep-fried shrimp over a bowl of homemade Japanese curry sauce and rice. For shrimp lovers, you might want to order the Ebi Fry instead since a serving contains 5, while this only has 3. However, if you want the best of both the shrimp and the curry worlds, then this might be a good choice. The curry sauce itself is light to moderately spicy.

Beef Curry (P358)
Beef Curry (P358)
Next item is the Beef Curry which is a bowl of USDA Choice Angus beef over rice topped with homemade Japanese curry sauce. We were told that the beef here is the same beef used in Ganso-Shabuway's hotpot sets. However, I can't really appreciate the meat since it wasn't only thin but shredded quite finely too. Maybe if the pieces were a little thicker or bigger, I would've enjoyed this more. I like the curry sauce though.

Beef Yakiniku (P358)
Beef Yakiniku (P358)
Last among the rice bowls was this Beef Yakiniku serving which makes use of the same shredded USDA Choice Angus beef, but this time, topped with yakiniku sauce and some sesame seeds. While the item is quite savory, I had the same issue with its curry sibling. Since the shredded beef were thin and small, munching every spoonful wasn't too enjoyable. If I had to choose though, I think I prefer the curry version a little more.

The New Shabuyaki

The new menu I saw at Ganso-Shabuway didn't have this on it yet, so I was actually surprised that we were served with this additional item.

Shabuyaki
Shabuyaki
This is the restaurant's take on a shabu-shabu meets sukiyaki kind of item. It had the same shredded USDA Choice Angus beef, along with napa cabbage, watercress, spinach, carrots, green onions, tofu, enoki and shitake mushrooms, naruto and some shirataki noodles in a pot of sweet and savory sukiyaki broth.

Shabuyaki bubbling away
Our pot of Shabuyaki bubbling away on the induction cooker
We were told to simmer the Shabuyaki for the alcohol (sake and mirin) to evaporate and for the meat and veggies to absorb the broth. After about 2 minutes, it was ready.

My serving of Ganso-Shabuway's Shabuyaki

I'm generally not a big fan of sukiyaki since I don't dig its sweet flavor. However, I liked the sweet broth of this Shabuyaki. Yes, it was really sweet, but you can also taste the flavorful explosion of the sake, mirin and usukuchi. Every spoonful was rich, and the ingredients have absorbed the flavor quite nicely. The shirataki noodles were also enjoyable to slurp. A big downer of this item is the beef itself though. Like my problems with the Beef Curry and Beef Yakiniku, the shredded beef wasn't only too small but also too few. If it were bigger like normal sukiyaki's, this would've been more enjoyable.

THE VERDICT

Ganso-Shabuway has been bagging rave reviews for its shabu-shabu sets. And while it's nice that they've decided to add more variety on the menu, I somehow have mixed feelings. Honestly, there are quite a few of the new items that I really liked, but their pricing is quite steep, especially for the appetizers. As for the main dishes with the shredded beef, I honestly think making the pieces bigger (not necessarily thicker), can help a lot, not just with the texture but also with flavor. Overall, Ganso-Shabuway offers good food. But the next time I visit, I'll try their best-selling shabu-shabu sets instead.

Taste - 3.5/5
Ambiance - 4/5
Service - 4/5
Price - 3/5
Overall Value - 3/5

Ganso-Shabuway, Shangri-la Plaza Mall
5/F Shangri-la Plaza Mall East Wing, Shaw Blvd. cor. EDSA,
Wack Wack, Mandaluyong City
Metro Manila, Philippines
(02) 655-7812; (0917) 873-1640
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Other Branches:
2/F Greenbelt 5 Ayala Center, Makati
(02) 903-6763; (0917) 541-8181

G/F Power Plant Mall Rockwell Center, Makati
(02) 822-4864; (0917) 822-1400

G/F Alabang Town Center, Muntinpula
(0917) 833-3730

14 comments:

  1. I wanna drag K to eat here. Fact: Haven't tried Shabu-Shabu in my life. EVER. I'm not much of a foodie... Boo! xD


    xoxo,
    Gelleesh.com

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    1. That's okay, Gels! Go try eating in a shabu-shabu place! :D I've heard lots of great feedback for Ganso-Shabuway's shabu-shabu sets. Even Rowena of Animetric and Jin of Jin Loves To Eat love their shabu-shabu! :D That's why I want to try their hotpot sets naman next time~

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  2. Are the hot pots reasonably priced? Shelling out 300 bucks each for starters and more for rice bowls seemed a bit heavy on the pocket.

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    1. The hotpots are a little pricey, but from what I heard, they're really good daw :) You can check the menu here: http://www.zomato.com/manila/ganso-shabuway-greenbelt-makati-city/menu#tabtop

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  3. OMG. Teach me the ways of amazing food photography!!!

    http://www.lilmisswonderwoman.com

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  4. The food looks all yum but I would have to agree that it's quote pricey. Arill, this suddenly got me craving for some karaage and their shabu shabu again. Mmmmmmm!

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  5. I'm not big on shabu shabu just like you but I'll give this a try since I live near Shang. Ganda super ng mga shots mo!

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  6. I guess the location calls for the more expensive prices.. anyway, they all look yummy!! i'm excited for more resto opening in the new wing of shang! :D

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  7. Hmmm.. I think it's really pricey but they look so delicious! The Beef Yakiniku looks yummy! :D

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  8. I bet that all the foods served by Ganso Shabuway really taste good! Sa picture pa lang nakakatakam na! :)

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  9. They all look delicious and quite pricey but will try them too if ever we will visit Shangri-la with my family because we also love to explore new restaurants and food.

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  10. Does the place create a malicious impression for her name sounds like something of "shabu" - shabu-way? Anyway the foods there are great as I look at them in your post. So much so with their taste when eaten in actual or in real. Am I not right?

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  11. I drooled over the tuna belly. Wow, it's a treat. But I have some doubts when I saw your ratings. For such a classy restaurant, 3 could be considered a mediocre.

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  12. All the appetizer can be a main course for me. The food looks yummy but pricey. Might visit the place only on special occasions. They are not a budget friendly resto.

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