Haz Cafe and Restaurant

haz cafe

Haz Cafe and Restaurant is an eating establishment with a lot of weird angled aquariums inside. I initially thought it was a seafood restaurant but upon further investigation it turned out to be a shabu-shabu restaurant. These places have been popping up like mushrooms over here ever since the success of Mitsu Shabu Shabu.

haz aquarium

The interior of Haz Cafe is dominated by 90 degree angled aquariums which I found rather odd. It does work well as a demarcation fitting though – the seating arrangements are clearly delineated by the design. I went there with Clare and Cheryl for dinner since Cheryl was in town.

haz interior

Haz Cafe has the standard fittings you’ll expect at a shabu shabu joint – there are receptacles for the pot of boiling broth and individual heating elements. The departure from orthodox shabu-shabu comes from the community BBQ grill in the middle. The place serves food that can either be dipped in broth or grilled with butter.

haz intro dish

There is a platter full of the standard trimmings for adding gustatory perception (a pretentious word meaning taste and texture) to the broth – vegetables, rice vermicelli, nori (seaweed), tofu, mushrooms and an egg.

haz beef mixture

This is the mixed beef platter – it contains various cuts of beef from tenderloin to sirloin. The variety just makes me tingle in my loins. =D

haz beef marbled

We also had another side order of a more marbled slice of beef. I can’t remember which part of the cow this came from.

haz pork

Oink Oink. This is the pork platter. Mmm…pork. πŸ˜‰

haz grill

The meat can also be grilled on the central BBQ grill but the place is meant for shabu-shabu style eating.

It seems that the art of eating shabu-shabu is lost on most people so I have taken the liberty of showing how it’s supposed to done:

haz 1

Step 1: Take piece of the sliver of meat/fish/crustacean.

haz 2

Step 2: Dip it with your chopsticks into the pot of boiling broth and start swishing it around.

haz 3

Step 3: Take it out again and consume. I know mine looks raw, but I like raw! πŸ™‚

haz 4

Step 4: Dump the remainder of your rice into the broth after the meal and consume the broth + rice mixture.

haz soup

You can also pour the broth into the rice if there’s not a lot left, but this is a departure from Tradition (TM).

haz cheryl

This is Cheryl Lim – an auditor who gets to travel around to places like Langkawi but works till late in the night, which takes much of the fun out of business travel.

Thanks for getting me the duty free cigarettes, Cheryl! πŸ™‚

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24 thoughts on “Haz Cafe and Restaurant”

  1. Dear Mr. Poh,
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  2. Thanks dude u’re so totally cool about it. I was told that u’ve more extreme pics! Prolly i could use it in future! lol! Still haven’t heard from Kenny yet! Wonder if he’ll string me up by the balls! hahaha

  3. WilsonC: We went on a weekday. πŸ™‚
    Plus, this place is nowhere near as popular as Mitsu. It’s at the bus terminal. Food is okay. Service is excellent. However, you’ll come out smelling like smoke from the BBQ grills. πŸ™‚
    GF: It’s not very expensive, cheaper than shabu shabu. Probably RM 12 per head if you don’t order alcoholic drinks, more if you do. Depends on how much you eat and what you order.
    (=’.’=): Hey, how come you never come out when we have blogger meets? No excuses okay, I emailed you my cell phone number, come out next time. The next one will be soon. πŸ™‚
    vincent: I’m feeling peckish now. I haven’t eaten anything since 10 AM coz I had a string of functions and meetings to attend.
    Vince: I would, but she’s not in Sibu right now. She’s Kuching based and travels around a lot. She’s currently in Langkawi and getting me my next carton of Marlboros. Next time she’s in Sibu okay?
    Daryl Teo: No problems, buddy. I don’t mind at all. I found your post quite amusing. πŸ™‚
    The general guideline at sixthseal.com is that anything goes and I’m okay with just about anything.
    Cheers! πŸ™‚
    butterscotch: Hmm…well, I started drinking quite early that day, straight after work, if I recall correctly. That probably explains it. πŸ™‚
    goolooloo: Yeah, I prefer shabu shabu too, but this place is closer to our house. πŸ™‚
    Mitsu is always packed and it’s hard to get a seat. I just checked this place out to see what they have to offer.
    Come back liaw.
    clementwpy: She’s not my coworker. She’s based in Kuching. She just came back on annual leave for a day so we went out with her to have dinner.
    Anyway, the trend I see is that I usually date older girls. I don’t know why. Freud probably can tell you. πŸ˜‰
    The girl in the (now unpublished) Dear Aries post is older than me too.
    Djnascimanto: I have received your mail and have replied. πŸ˜‰
    It would be much appreciated since it would be easier for someone based there to mail it to me. Cigarettes costs RM 8.20 nowadays, and RM 5.20 might not sound like much, but it really adds up when you smoke a pack a day.
    suituapui: You’re not even in Sibu right now. πŸ™‚
    We’ll go out Sunday if you’re back. I’ve been wanting to go to Pasar Malam and do an eat as you go post. πŸ™‚
    al’sera: Yeah, she’s definitely a sight for sore eyes. πŸ˜‰
    xSean: I don’t have a next target. I’m quite single right now. πŸ™‚
    Jeff: Sure mate, just drop me an email. πŸ™‚
    Daryl Teo: More extreme photos. You heard from Mary izzit? Well, you can have them if you want them. πŸ™‚
    No worries, I’m actually a very easy going guy. People get the impression that I’m arrogant and a bit of an asshole from the blog, but I’m not. πŸ™‚
    The people who knows me can vouch for me, so don’t worry about stuff like that. It’s all cool with me. Cheers buddy. πŸ™‚
    essentric: My point is this, that if you say mean things, your weenie will shrink. πŸ˜‰
    It’s from Eminem, I have to admit my rhyming skillz sucks. Heh!
    ahlost: It should be about RM 12 inclusive of drinks if you don’t order alcohol. Cheers!

  4. suituapui: Wah! Thanks for the vote of confidence. πŸ™‚
    Hmm…I’ve been thinking about doing that ever since I saw a coworker and her bf doing that while passing by. It seems like a fun thing to do. We’ve lived here so long that we never even go there (or at least I don’t) – it’s like rediscovering your own backyard. πŸ™‚

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