I was going to the Brea Mall and wasn’t really craving the food court for dinner. I went on the mall’s website, and saw that they had a Shabu restaurant. Nestled between the Macy’s Mens and Home Store and the Red Robin restaurant is HaiDiLao Fusion Shabu restaurant. In addition to Brea, they have a location in Irvine and Arcadia.
Upon walking in, the first thing I noticed is the restaurant is appealing and clean. The hostess handed me a rolled up red cloth, and said its an apron I can use. I can only imagine their laundry bill! The dinner menu is a la carte… you pay for everything from the soup, the entrée to the rice. At lunch the soup and rice is included, but for dinner vegetables are included if you get the combination dinner.
The dinner menu is a la carte… you pay for everything from the soup ($3.99), the entrée to the rice. At lunch the soup and rice is included, but for dinner vegetables are included if you get the combination dinner. Unlike most competitors who offers various sizes for the meat (ie: small, med, large) Hildilao’s protein is served in 6 oz portions. They have a DIY sauce bar with the usual sesame and ponzu sauce, as well as other sauces and oils.
Overall it was a delicious meal. I had the kobe and Karen had the boneless short rib. However, with it being nickeled and dimed, it was an above average priced meal at $50 for 2, and that’s a 6 oz meal, without drinks or rice. If I was craving Shabu and didn’t want to drive to Paperpot, I’d come back.. but only if I was really craving it.