Shabu Shabu Coming to Santa Rosa, Plus New Italian in Sebastopol

Japanese hot pots and Italian social food is on the way to Sonoma County.

Ippinn Udon, which has been a popular SRJC hangout with their warming noodle soups, is expanding. Owners are opening a sushi and shabu shabu spot at 1985 Mendocino Ave. in Santa Rosa. It’s the first Sonoma County restaurant to offer a style of DIY Japanese hot pot cooking. Thin slices of meat or veggies are cooked at the table in a steaming cauldron of broth. It’s kind of like fondue, but without the cheese. We can’t wait!

Also, Sebastopol’s long-awaited Italian restaurant, Portico, has announced that they plan to open in mid-December. Owned by Paolo Pedrinazzi and Kathleen Escamilla, the restaurant is slated to feature authentic Italian “social food” including homemade pasta and polenta, small plates, bruschetta, roasted veggies and salads along with cheese and charcuterie. In addition beer, wine and coffee will be available. More details at


7 thoughts on “Shabu Shabu Coming to Santa Rosa, Plus New Italian in Sebastopol

  1. How about a Mexican Buffet? How about a Golden Corral? How about an Ed’s Chuck wagon? We already have a Chinese buffet in Santa Rosa.

  2. Genghis Khan used to offer basically the same thing Shabu Shabu will be offering except that it was prepared on their “Mongolian BBQ” grill surface at their Coddingtown restaurant. I miss them a lot! Will have to give this a shot!

    1. The meats at the Mongolian BBQ were frozen cuts of meat, not fresh; however, for what you got and the price, it was GREAT!

      1. 1 yr ago I resigned from my last work and that choice was a life-changer for me… I started to work at home, for a company I located online, many hrs /daily , and I make a great deal more than I did on my older job … My past month pay was for 9 thousand dollars… Great thing about this job is that now I’ve more time period to spend with my loved ones . Consider it, exactly what I do…

      2. Oh, absolutely true! I would have mentioned that but I was in a hurry to get out the door. This certainly sounds better, but Genghis Khan was a jewel, like Narsi’s, that is sorely missed!

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