First Look: Umami-ya Shabu Shabu

Umami-ya Shabu Shabu opened last week as the hot-pot craze in Hawai‘i seems to be on a steady simmer.

But restaurateur Peter Kim believes his version of the popular concept—more upscale, more Korean—offers something different.

He’s focusing on high-quality meats including U.S. wagyu beef and Kurobuta pork belly, local veggies and distinctly Korean flavors. And the expansive restaurant space, next door to Liliha Bakery (which Kim also owns) on Nimitz Highway, is sleek and modern, with dark furniture and dramatic lighting. It seats 130 people and boasts four private rooms.

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