My husband Raul and I first heard about King One from his boss. He told Raul that it was the best Shabu-Shabu restaurant he has eaten in and that this restaurant was his favorite. Curious, we drove that following weekend to King One to give it a try. Since the only Shabu-Shabu restaurant that we know of is Healthy Shabu Shabu in Rockwell at that time, we didn't know how to mix our own dipping sauce, which Healthy Shabu Shabu provided. So our first King One experience wasn't that memorable for us. This happened a few months ago.
Then, a few months went by and we decided to try it out for the second time, (this was just a couple of weeks ago), and our experience this time was different. For some reason, we enjoyed King One and we loved it! The waiter sensed that we didn't know what sauce to make and he offered to make us their "special sauce". It was just DELICIOUS!
So the third time we ate there, it was even better than the second because we knew about the sauce. So if you chance upon King One, order their "special sauce." (Read on by clicking READ MORE -->)
I took a few photos of the restaurant and some of the ingredients that are now my favorites that I picked up from the second time we went. At least on our third visit, I already knew which ones I liked when it came rolling by in front of me.
The table will come with a checklist. You can either go to the rotary to pick up your ingredients, or just check them of your checklist and the waiters will go and get it for you (I know! Spoiled!). You can also tell the waiters directly what soup you want, they have 9 (yes, nine!) kinds of soup: Satay Soup, Century Egg Wansoy Soup, Spicy Szechuan Soup, Plain Soup, Hong Kong Curry Soup, Korean Kimchi Soup, Thailand Tom Yan Soup, Hong Kong Style Pork Soup, and Superior Beef Soup.
We decided to get the Plain Soup (just in case our second soup wasn't good) which is the one on the left, and the Hong Kong Style Pork Soup, which turned out to be so good -the one on the right.
Their buffet includes bottomless drinks. I didn't really get to see the menu because I just had water. But Raul ordered this Dalandan shake and gulaman. It was too sour for me, I didn't like it.
From where I took this picture, it is where you stand to get your ingredients if you are not sitting in one of those seats on the sides of the rotary bar. only 6-8 persons get to sit at the sides... Booo... But I figured that it was ok since you can just ask the waiter to get it for you anyway!
Raul can't get enough of the fresh squid! Yum!
And here it is! Their yummy, thick special sauce!
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YUM! Finally we can eat! This is me enjoying my King One yummy food!
Hobbies of Asia: M2A Lower, Hobbies of Asia, Pres. Diosdado Macapagal Blvd. Pasay, Metro Manila.
Contact Nos: 556-1370 / 556-1827
Operating Hours: 11:00AM-2:00PM / 6:00PM-11:00PM
Malate: 565-567, General Malvar St., Malate Manila
Contact Nos: 482-5027 / 526-4495
Price: PhP 500++