Shabu-hana Japanese Restaurant, Singapore
That was a bit of a letdown. Maybe it was because our hopes were set too high, as this place (14 Mohamed Sultan Road #01-01, 6235-8216) specialized in wagyu shabu shabu. But the wagyu, as tender as it was, didn't really carry the rich taste that we were hoping for from Japanese beef (was it by chance from Australia?).
Sure, the quality sauces made up for it, and I lapped up the soup at the end like nobody's business. But we kept thinking about the pork at Ohsumi the entire time, even if our most recent experience there last year was also disappointing.
Well, at least this place was light years ahead of Shabuya at VivoCity. Maybe we'll try coming down here on a weekend - if I read the menu correctly, it's actually a bit cheaper at that time. Either that, or we should have opted for the more expensive grade of wagyu.