With its well-established Los Angeles locations in Rowland Heights, Torrance, and Arcadia temporarily closed due to current dining restrictions in the area, Mo-Mo-Paradise’s just-opened restaurant in Mira Mesa becomes the only place in the U.S. to taste its version of Japanese hot pot, or shabu-shabu.
Established in 1993 in Tokyo, with 19 locations just in Japan, the company has since expanded to more than 20 cities throughout Asia.
Though the restaurant specializes in traditional shabu-shabu, with a kombu-based broth that simmers in a shared cooktop, it also offers a sweet sukiyaki base as well as tonkotsu soup and a kimchi option. Set up as an all-you-can-eat affair for $28.95 a person, diners are allotted 90 minutes to eat their fill from a menu that includes kurobuta pork shoulder, beef chuck eye, fish meatballs, an array of vegetables and tofu, and rice or noodles.
The Mira Mesa eatery, which offers both indoor and outdoor seating, is open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. everyday, with reservations strongly recommended. Takeout will be available within a few weeks.