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Subterranean Swank: Aesthetic sensibilities matched by “freestyle” culinary approach at PC's Shabu.

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As you walk down the steps into the new Shabu location, off Park City’s Main Street, you instantly feel cooler. That’s not necessarily due to the below-ground temperature or Shabu’s “freestyle Asian cuisine,” but rather to the interior design by brothers Kevin and Robert Valaika, Shabu’s owners.

Shabu moved from Main Street Mall’s second floor and re-opened in December 2010 in its new chic, modern lair. “It’s more vibrant and alive. We got to create everything to our specifications. At the other location, we just inherited it and couldn’t do much with it,” Kevin says.

As they gutted the space formerly occupied by Bacchus Wine Bar, their artistic vision became clear. For example, their unique rock windows—showing off the 1896 foundation—frame Scott Whittaker’s metal sculptures. The decor—with metal light fixtures, dark woods and warm lighting—is equally inviting for an after-work saketini and sushi, a romantic evening or a family affair.

Everything is done artfully, really. “It’s more our style here: great ambiance, great food and, of course, great martinis,” Kevin says.

Chef Robert’s built-to-spec European-style kitchen serves up new-with-the-move elegant and delectable small plates like the fresh seared tuna tetaki pyramid, duck confit spring rolls and impressive wagyu beef hot rock—sushi-grade Australian-raised beef cooked on a rock at the table. Also new is the sushi menu, including the entricing Nitro Roll. Be sure not to miss Utah’s best saketinis: The sweet and spicy Ginger Snap is perfect before, during or after a meal. Then, tempura-fried ice cream caps off a dining experience where aesthetic sensibilities are matched by the “freestyle” culinary approach.

442 Main, Park City

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