The Veranda, the still-growing upscale retail center along Interstate 680 in Concord, has two more trendsetting Southern California restaurants in the works.
Shabuya specializes in the Japanese hot pot cookery known as shabu-shabu — a trend that’s sweeping Los Angeles one sizzling bowl at a time. You pick your meat (maybe Wagyu beef, pork belly, lamb, chicken), your seafood (shrimp, scallops, octopus, mussels) and vegetables and drop them into a sizzling bowl of broth. Eat and repeat — for this is an all-you-can-eat restaurant.
After opening three locations in SoCal, Shabuya will make Concord its first NorCal outpost. (A Honolulu location is coming too.) Details: www.shabuya.net.
The popular Silverlake Ramen is also making its way north. According to Eater LA, this Sunset Boulevard restaurant had such long lines that a nearby to-go eatery had to be created.
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Silverlake touts its traditional ramen made with natural ingredients. There’s the classic tonkotsu, a spicy version called Blaze, a chicken shoyu version, a vegan miso one and the creamy pork-and-fish dipping ramen, Tsukemen. What if it’s too hot outside to eat ramen? Their Mazemen features cold noodles (no broth!) with pork, egg, herbs and spices. Details: www.silverlakeramen.com.
Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle