Nakato: Atlanta

posted on September 30, 2005 at 4:43 pm


I have been craving Shabu Shabu ever since I heard Mini Hot Pot opened on Buford. However, I heard the place was actually a Chinese restaurant and they use a lot of frozen items. I wanted an authentic version. So, I went to Nakato because someone had told me they serve a good Shabu Shabu. Now, for all you beginners, Shabu Shabu is an assortment of vegetables, bean thread noodles, and paper-thin slices of beef cooked in a clear seaweed-based broth in a brass pot on a table-top burner. The word Shabu Shabu actually means “swish swish” in Japanese. It is supposed to mimic the noise your beef makes when you swirl it in the broth. I personally like to leave mine in a bit longer in order to make the broth a bit richer. The vegetables at Nakato were very fresh and the meat was nicely marbled. It was a truly tasty and enjoyable Shabu Shabu. I suggest you try theirs before you go to Mini Hot Pot. I really enjoyed it and think you will too.


Address: 1776 Cheshire Bridge Rd
Phone: (404)873-6582
Hours: Mon-Thu 5:30pm-10pm; Fri-Sat 5:30pm-11pm; Sun 5pm-10pm
Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse
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  • Re: Nakato: Atlanta
    posted by: Anonymous · December 17, 2005  7:04 AM

    Nakato is also one of our favourite restaurants for Sushi and Japanese appetizers. There is always a list of special appetizers (small dishes)…all very creative and much unlike anything I’ve had recently outside of Japan. We’ll order a small selection of sushi and a number of small dishes…always a treat. We sit in the Sushi bar area, which is always empty (perhaps due to the holiday-inn “asia-lounge” decor) and, in any event, allows you to avoid the tables full of birthday parties and OTP trekkers who come for the benihana style show at the hibachi tables next door.

  • Re: Nakato: Atlanta
    posted by: Grant · April 24, 2006  11:03 AM

    I tried shabu shabu at Umezono, an authentic Japanese restaurant in Marietta. I didn’t know it was something I had to cook myself – the menu just said “cooked at your table.” Fortunately, the waitresses saw our look of fear and confusion and cooked the first round for us. It was good, even though I couldn’t identify half of the fresh veggies on the platter, but I think I’ll leave the cooking up to them in the future. Umezono is a great place if you’re in the neighborhood. In fact, I think it’s worth a bit of a drive. The sushi menu is not too extensive, but very fresh and the tempura rocks! 🙂

  • Re: Nakato: Atlanta
    posted by: rebecca · February 4, 2007  7:57 AM

    I’m glad there are some other good shabu options. I went to mini hot pot with friend and it was disappointing. They are really nice and its cute for a strip mall place, but the food (as you mentioned) was mostly frozen, which ruins the flavors. Plus, my friend had a stomach ache for the rest of the day, which made me wonder about the quality. The other bad sign was we tried to order a dish that was listed in the window and nobody in the store knew what it was.

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