4/23/2013 01:21:00 PM

Now Open: Osawa Brings New Shabu-Shabu to Old Town Pasadena

Get ready to shabu-shabu
Replacing a former shabu-shabu restaurant just off the main drag in Old Town Pasadena, Osawa opens today serving sushi, Japanese specialties and of course shabu-shabu. With Yujean Kang gone, this could be a boon on this block for some flavor other than Slater's 50/50 bacon burgers. Owner Sayuri Tachibe, a former Chaya restaurant hostess and now wife of Chaya/M Cafe corporate executive chef Shigefumi Tachibe (who is not affiliated with this restaurant), has brought in chef Norio Yashikawa (Katsuya, Kagaya) for the contemporary Japanese small-plates menu.

Look for dishes like spicy tuna-stuffed shishito peppers, grilled Hokkaido scallops with nori pesto butter, Jidori karaage with shiso balsamic ponzo, and beef tongue with daikon and shaved kelp. You'll swish Kurobuta pork, prime rib-eye, Wagyu beef and seafood in boiling pots of broth for shabu-shabu. At lunch, specials include cold tsukemen udon and brown-rice sushi.

Osawa opens for lunch Tuesday-Sunday, 11:30 AM-2:30 PM, and dinner, 5-9:30 PM (10 PM Friday and Saturday nights).

77 N. Raymond Ave.; 626-683-1150

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