First Taste

Shabu Fondue: Chef Johnny Chu's Hot Pots Return in Style

When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few items, and satisfying curiosities (yours and ours).

Restaurant: Shabu Fondue Location: 7822 N. 12th Street Open: About a week Eats: Hot pot Price: $15 to $20 per person

If you're a fan of hot pot, then you were probably quite disappointed when chef Johnny Chu's T. Spot (formerly Tien Wong Hot Pot) closed its doors earlier this year. Since opening in 2011, the southeast Valley restaurant had been a dining destination for those craving an interactive and unique dining experience unlike anything else in town.

The good news is that Chu's well-loved hot pots are back -- this time in a Sunnyslope strip mall next-door to his other new-ish restaurant concept, RedThai Southeast Asian Kitchen. Abnd though Shabu Fondue only opened its doors last weekend, it's already prepared to make Chu's fans feel right at home.

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Lauren Saria
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