One key to Shin-Sen-Gumi is to go at lunchtime. Ok, dinner there allows you to kick back and have a few Sapporo's or Kirin's with your meal, but going for lunch will generally save you a good amount of cash. The food is the same, but the dinner portions are a little bigger and far more expensive. The large beef is my standard order. A plate of paper thin beef, another plate of cut veggies, udon and tofu, a cup of rice and the standard two dipping sauces and I'm ready to rock 'n roll. There's bar seating as well as table seating.
Shin-Sen-Gumi is having a special during the month of June. They are offering their Japanese style hibachi BBQ dishes for $3.00 each Monday through Thursday, 6-9pm. Also, they offer their shabu-shabu at 50% off for lunch on the 29th of each month. The Shin-Sen-Gumi Group actually runs a total of ten restaurants, nine in Southern California and one in Tokyo. Some specialize in ramen, others yakitori or shabu-shabu.
Another thing to consider is shabu-shabu at home. Again, it's not only delicious and healthy but it's also great date food as you sit together cooking and eating. We've just finished a new BITE ME! the MAN Cooking Show that features Josh Landis demonstrating how to prepare shabu-shabu at home, and we'll have the episode released tomorrow. We'll post the episode to the blog as soon as it has been unleashed.