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At new Tabu Shabu restaurant in Carlsbad, customers cook their own proteins and vegetables in a pot of steaming hot broth in the Japanese shabu-shabu style. 

As the pandemic hopefully begins to wane, the pace of new restaurant openings has increased. Here’s a look at several new projects that have opened this month.

Tabu Shabu, a hot pot restaurant, opened in mid-March in The Square at Bressi Ranch center in Carlsbad. It’s the 9-year-old Orange County chain’s second San Diego County location, following North Park. Named for the Japanese cooking style of shabu-shabu, which translates as “swish-swish,” the restaurant has cooktop tables where diners cook their own meats, seafood and vegetables by swishing them around in a pot of steaming broth. The restaurant is at 2674 Gateway Road, Suite 190, Carlsbad. For details, visit

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