5 Caroline Hill Road, Causeway Bay Tel: 2577 2628 Open: 12.15pm-3pm, 6.15pm-midnight Cuisine: Japanese hotpot. Price: About HK$350 without drinks and before adding the service charge. Ambience: Rather than sitting at tables, diners perch on chairs along the tall U-shaped counter that surrounds the staff's work station. Pros: The set meals are good value, offering a nice assortment of ingredients. The restaurant also offers grilled dishes. Cons: The recessed shabu shabu pots on the counter are meant to be for individuals but the three in our group had to share two pots which meant we felt slightly claustrophobic. There's no place to hang handbags and coats. Our waiter was nice enough but our waitress had an attitude problem that made us wonder if she had chosen the right job - she kept pulling faces every time we made a request. Recommended dishes: Katte offers several choices for the soup base and we ordered the red snapper and sukiyaki versions. The snapper soup tasted bland initially but by the time we finished cooking the ingredients, we had a delicious broth. The shabu shabu base tasted too strong and sweet when we tried it on its own, but it infused its flavour into the ingredients. We chose two sets, both of which came with an attractively presented array of vegetables and noodles, including bak choi, konnyaku, mushrooms and inaniwa udon. The shabu shabu deluxe set (HK$450, above) featured thin slices of Miyazaki beef flat of round A4 marbling. The portion of meat was rather meagre but it was tender, with a nice layer of fat. The seafood set (HK$280) was a generous assortment of clams, two huge prawns, scallops and one (too large) oyster. Our favourite shabu shabu ingredient was an a la carte item of tender Japanese pork slices (HK$120). The set meals also came with mochi ice cream in chocolate and red bean flavours. What else? This restaurant is popular - we saw a number of people being turned away because they didn't have reservations.