Jazz Cat Restaurant
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- Jazz Cat RestaurantApr 07, 2013
First of all, the decoration of black and red design with the beads and dark curtains in the entrance as well as the dimly lit lights give it a seductive ambience. It pretty much threw me off the first time I was here but I do like how consistent and detail orientated they were with creating this certain vibe. I also liked how the majority of seats were booths and the service at the time was pretty good. The food wasn't too shabby but I just wished they provided more or thicker slices of meat. The only major dislike is the choices of sauce they provided because I was pretty confused on which sauce was which in the menu. I would have much liked it and preferred for them to have just provided the sauces on the side for our own choosing.
- Jazz Cat RestaurantFirst to ReviewJan 23, 2013
Love the decor, hate the seating! A table for four can be quite claustrophobic! The table is more meant for a table for two than four, have a seat and you'll know what I mean!
The menu is quite simple and they have great choices if you like Shabu Shabu or Hot Pot. You have your standard meal set, but you can also order additional meat or veggies on the sides. For those not familiar with Shabu Shabu/Hot Pot, it's the type of meal where the veggies and meat comes uncooked and a pot of broth. You simply put in your veggies and meat one piece at a time and let it cook. These types of restaurant usually offers dipping sauces for the meat and veggies, I recommend the Sate Sesame.
They have a lot and I mean A LOT of soup base to choose from, but my favorite is the original (pork broth soup; simple and light). If you like spicy, Taiwanese spicy is popular among my friends. Jazz Cat Special is also popular, but that's only if you like Shrimp Soup.
At dinner, you can choose their regular or T-Rex box set. T-Rex comes with more meat and regular comes with more veggies; both are similar in price.
If you are going to order any drinks, get their Hokkaido Milk Tea! Its sooo good and if you're a fan of any milk tea, get it! This place is a great place to come on a cold night, plus they open late! PS, they serve alcohol. Yum!
- Jazz Cat RestaurantJan 11, 2013
Jazz Cat is one of those places that I keep finding myself craving whenever I'm back in Southern California. It's consistent and ALWAYS hits the spot.
Taiwanese Spicy Sacha Broth is my favorite of the broth flavors, but I love how they have so many to choose from. I always get the Angus Certified Beef, because there's a tender fattiness that you don't get with the regular beef.
Salt & Pepper Fried Squid is also really good here.
The only thing that sucks is the long ass wait, but Jazz Cat is definitely worth it on a cold, rainy day.
- Jazz Cat RestaurantJan 03, 2013
I prefer Jazz Cat over the other shabu shabu places because of the wide selection of soup base and dipping sauce options.
Lunch prices on weekdays start at $9.99 for the small portion of meat. If you don't like meat (chicken, beef or lamb) there's always a vegetarian or seafood option! (There's an additional charge for seafood). Each dish comes with a portion of veggies that you can cook in your soup as well.
Their creamy soup bases are great, but I always go back to my favorite Chinese herb and premium kelp.
My favorite dipping sauces are fermented soy bean and spicy sesame. They don't charge you extra for dipping sauce, so be sure to ask for more if you like to try more than one! :)
Customer service isn't always the greatest (they are always busy and seem understaffed), but have a little patience and you'll get the ingredients or extras you need.
The decor is nice, there's plenty of parking, and plenty of places to walk around in the complex if there's a long wait.Recommended for:Vegetarian
- Jazz Cat RestaurantDec 06, 2012
I felt like I got screwed in this whole deal.
First - My friend and I were there Friday night at 8ish and still had to wait about 45 mins - well that's what the guy told us, but it was more like an hour.
Once we got seated, we were set to order pretty quickly, we had a few questions as well though. The girl was helpful.
There are a LOT of broth choices. We both ordered beef - but we got one as a t-rex (more meat, less veggies) and one "regular". We figured it would even out. The beef was AWESOME. But it basically stopped there.
The veggie platter with the Shabu - was lacking for sure. It was nothing but a bunch of napa cabbage and bok choy. There was a tiny bit of vermicelli noodles, and the non t-rex platter had a baby corn and some of those small long white mushrooms (can't remember what they are called right now) and some super firm tofu - you know the weird kind that's all spongy. It also came with one shrimp, which we thought was odd. Where was the mushrooms, the carrots, the regular tofu, the udon noodles? Well the udon noodles were EXTRA, so were the other veggies. and NO HOT DROPS
I don't think we saw our waitress after she took our order. We had to flag down random servers to get help, and even that was few and far in between.
Some other server came up to us to give us the bill even before asking if we wanted dessert - and I actually did want dessert since they have the shaved snow stuff, but that totally pissed me off. Then we waited FOREVER to get the check even paid, we were waiting for so long, we eventually took it up to the front to get it cleared, which also turned into a cluster.
Overall, we were there for nearly 3 hours for nothing special, other than the beef. I won't be back. I had a better time at Tokyo Shabu on the other side of the freeway.
- Jazz Cat RestaurantMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 2Nov 21, 2012
I guess I've been spoiled by the OC Shabu Shabu places because I was not that impressed with Jazz Cat.
First of all, on a Friday night at 8 pm there is a 35 - 45 minute wait. I guess we should have tried to call and put our names down before other people got there but we didn't have any time constraints. We were seated 50 minutes after putting our names down. They have late night happy hour that starts at 9:30 pm which is ok. It's 20% off alcholic drinks but the drinks are all fru-fru and don't pack a punch. I ordered a white lychee sangria and it tasted watered down.
The restaurant is stocked with booths which is really cool because you don't have to sit at a large bar and you can face your dining companions. It allows for a more intimate dining experience. The booths are far more comfortable than sitting on a bar stool.
I have to give them credit for their beef, which is what we ordered. There was a wonderful layer of fat on each piece of thinly sliced beef. You can order either the regular 6oz plate with regular veggie portion or the T-Rex 9oz plate with less veggies for $12.98 each. Since there were two of us and we both opted for beef we ordered a regular and a T-Rex to ascertain the difference. Let me just say, the difference isn't much and depending on how much protein you desire really depends on how much you'll choose one over the other. If I were to return, I'd opt for the regular because I happen to like my vegetables. Vegetables consisted of: baby bok choy, Napa cabbage, broccoli, Enoki mushrooms, tofu, and glass noodles. If you asked for the T-Rex plate you don't receive mushrooms, bok choy, and you receive less broccoli. So you aren't missing too much since you're compensated with more meat. Udon noodles were an extra $2.50 which we gladly asked for. Your first bowl of rice is included in the meal but there is an extra charge for rice if you ask for more.
Once you decide on type of protein, you get to select the broth and there are plenty to choose from. Most of which use a pork or seafood broth so my dining companion chose plain Japanese (water). I chose Taiwanese spicy which comes with a lot of reconstituted dried chilis, red chili oil, and spices galore. I asked the waitress what the difference between Taiwanese spicy and Thai Spicy was and she said sour. All right then, I kind of wished for Japanese spicy since I assume there were no hot drops. After your broth selection, you can choose your dipping sauce which is solely your own. I went with spicy sesame and my friend went with regular sesame. The sauces were typical goma sauces so I was happy with that. It's too bad we couldn't have an extra ponzu to go with but that's ok too.
It took a while for our broth to be brought out but a waiter did stop by with garlic, green onions, and cilantro. I dumped most of the garlic and green onions into my broth. Once the broth started to boil, we started got our Shabu Shabu on. Well at first I really enjoyed my meal but as the broth evaporated, it became more of a gravy towards the end. The wait staff should have stopped by and added more broth to the pot but that didn't happen. The really attentive wait staff we experienced at the beginning disappeared after we received our food. From then on, we had to flag them down in order for them to help us. We kept joking that we didn't have the same person helping us more than twice seeing as so many people had stopped by; the faces started to blur. Towards the end, we had to ask for a larger bowl to eat our udon noodles and meat with. We also had to ask for the dessert menu after waiting for someone to stop by. Our plates sat dirty for a long time before someone stopped by to remove them. It wasn't that busy. Most of the crowd had thinned by then. We spent 2 hours there and by the end I had to get up and go to the front in order to get the check. They ran the cards and took them back to the table where we were no longer sitting, then they remembered we were up front. Only when we mentioned that we received poor service did the guy halfheartedly apologize. Too little, too late, I guess.