Pilipinas Food Trip #5: Thousand Cranes

Manigong Bagong Taon sa inyong lahat! (Happy New Year, y’all!)

For our last 2010 meal, we had dinner at Thousand Cranes Shabu-Shabu located at the 2nd floor of the Eastwood Mall Veranda.  It was fate that brought us to Thousand Cranes.  We had a very late lunch on December 31st, which resulted to us wanting to have dinner at a later time.  The wait list in most Eastwood Mall restaurants was already insanely long when we finally decided we were ready for dinner.  So we chose a restaurant, not for it’s culinary merits, but based on the length of its wait time.  Hee hee.  Well, I’m glad our party of 4 ended up at Thousand Cranes.  Dinner turned out to be surprisingly awesome and healthy, too!

All you need for a satisfyingly delicious shabu-shabu experience is a good base soup, a good dipping sauce and the freshest ingredients.  We went for the Mixed Meat Shabu-Shabu, good for 3 people and a child.  I loved that each of us had our own pot.  For my little girl’s safety, however, she and her grandma shared a pot of soup.

The Mixed Meat Shabu-Shabu had 3 kinds of meat: pork, beef and lamb.

A platter of the “good” stuff completed the shabu-shabu ensemble: fresh vegetables, noodles, fish cake, shrimp and squid balls, etc.

Our individual pots of soup kept us busy throughout dinner.  Save for frying an egg, this is the kind of cooking my husband wouldn’t mind doing. :)

Overall, our accidental dinner at Thousand Cranes was a very pleasant experience.  Service was way more than satisfactory in spite the very busy evening.  We’d go back in a heartbeat if time allows us.  But we’re on a race to stuff ourselves with food we’ve missed in the more than 3 years we’ve been away.  If only we can slow time down a notch.

We missed a wedding last month. How do you think they’ll feel about  Thousand Cranes gift certificates as a post wedding or advance 1st anniversary gifts? I should probably just keep my gift options open.  Hee.

Mabuhay, y’all!

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