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Fulin Hot Pot Restaurant

3025 Lougheed Hwy, #780
Coquitlam, BC V3B6S2
Tel: (604) 552-5851
Neighbourhood: Meadow Brook

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Fresh veggies
By hungryjo of Vancouver (174 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 5, 2010 - 10:56am [Dine in]

What I like about this place is that they serve Chinese Hot Pot and Japanese Sukiyaki. I love both of them.
We went here on a weeknight around 7pm and the restaurant was 80% full. This is the best time to go because once the restaurant is 100% full, it's hard to get any kinds of service.
We had Sukiyaki for $15pp. It came in this gorgeous metal pot. There were good amount of choices such as beef, chicken, pork, tofu, veggies, rice, udon, etc. Dipping sauce costs $1 which we realized later that we do not need since the hot pot sauce is salty enough. The meats were not frozen and the veggies were fresh. The service was friendly but after 7:30pm, they were non-existent. They don't really come by to check if you need any water for the hot pot so we had to wave them down several times. Other than that, the food was good. It's definitely cheaper and fresher than Posh.

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Worst experience in Vancouver for years!!! Stole our hand-bag!!!
By drxcheng of Coquitlam (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, November 12, 2012 - 3:28pm [Dine in]

My wife and I went to Fulin Hotpot in Coquitlam. Because of the crappy food and service, and more importantly, the fraud ad outside the restaurant, we left without tip. But we also left the handbag. When I returned, the manager hid it and didn’t admit. I had witness and I called the cop. I didn’t cause any trouble but just waited for an hour. Just minutes before the cop came, the manager returned the bag and still blamed us for not tipping. The bottom line is, it is not a crime for us not tipping, it is not a crime for the manger not taking care of customers’ lost items, but it is definitely a crime for hiding and not returning it when I asked. Because she returned the bag and nothing lost, the cop wouldn’t charge her. But I feel it is my obligation to let the community know about this incident and boycott this restaurant.

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By kewpiebaby of Vancouver (200 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 20, 2009 - 11:43am [Dine in]

Was very excited to try this place because we didn't have to trek all the way to Richmond! Everything is fresh and the meat is nice & thinly sliced so it cooks faster. Soups base and sauces are great too. The only gripe is that I felt like I was at Hotpot speed eating 101. While stuff comes right away and it's all you can eat, the portions are tiny! You don't really get a lot if you only put 1 or 2 in the number of items you want to order. I'd recommend trying to put 5+ as each quantity you want. And in the 2 hour limit you have, you have to eat fast and order fast so that you get your money's worth! I didn't really enjoy it as much as I thought I would, but glad there's a hotpot alternative close to home.

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Quite impressed with the food
By Huge of Surrey (131 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 10, 2009 - 12:03am [Dine in]

Went here Sunday night with the better half and another couple. We all ordered the hot pot dinner AYCE for $18.95/person. The broth was tasty and the dipping sauce soy/garlic that is offered (first one is free/person) was flavourable. I was very impressed with the selection and the quality of the food. The beef/pork/lamb were thinly sliced and presented well. The other orders like the cuttlefish, prawns, oysters, mussels, squid tube, fish balls, beef balls, pork balls sprouts, carrots, etc was exceptionally fresh and delicious. We all throughly enjoyed our dining experience here. I wanted to try the more exotic dishes but I was getting too full to even chance that. The service was very good, the waitress was attentive and took her time explaining to us what each dish was. I would highly recommend this restaurant to friends. Just to let you know that the AYCE is offered on Friday/Saturday and Sunday only.

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Will go back!
By Balmy of Burnaby (52 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 22, 2009 - 3:36pm [Dine in]

I've seen this place while shopping in the area and decided to give this place a visit with two others. We were craving hot pot, but decided to try their sukiyaki instead.

Food: Selection was very decent for just under $15/person. More options on their other menu, but we were nevertheless very satisfied. It costs extra for sauces and other food items. Meat and veggies were very fresh, clean and nicely prepared. Potions varied though for the veggies (e.g. the amount of mushrooms changed each time we ordered even though we checked off one portion). The meat selection was chicken, beef and pork and we were content with that. There were sqiud tubes and tentacles in their seafood option of that menu. Good veggie selection (e.g. winter melon, onions, yam, carrots) and a variety of tofu to choose from. Sauces cost an extra dollar, but we didn't order any as the food was flavorful enough. My friend kept pouring the extra soya sauce they gave us into his bowl cuz he was really enjoying the flavor. The soya sauce was meant to replenish our sukiyaki sauce that was cooking our food!

Service: It was great and prompt. We were quickly seated when we arrived at around 8pm. No line up during the hot weather and it was a weekday. Food came quickly with each order we made. We did have to get our server's attention to refill water and I think she was amused at watching my friend repeatedly pour soya sauce into his bowl.

Vaule: Well priced for all you can eat and comparable to other establishments.

Ambiance: Modern. We were seated in one of the booths. Seats seem to shake as we moved in our seats. Maybe it was just that booth. Well ventilated, well lit and sort of clean. My friend's seat was dirty, but the rest of the place looked clean.

Will go back to try their other menu as well!

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All you can eat done well
By ChivalryX of Burnaby (60 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 24, 2009 - 10:27am [Dine in]

We went to Fulin Hot Pot on a Friday evening. Thinking it would be packed, we made a reservation in advance. When we arrived we were greeted by a cheery server, and shown to our seats. At 6:30 PM the place surpisingly wasn't packed. At around 7pm there was a lineup forming.

The restaurant has been renovated quite nicely with modern decor. Booths for 2-4 are along one side, while tables for larger groups are in the middle. All tables have large ventilation ducts above them so you don't come out smelling like your food afterwards.

Fulin gives you the option of regular hot pot for $18.95 or Sukiyaki for $14.95. Both are all you can eat. The regular hot pot option has many more menu choices than the Sukiyaki option. We opted to try the Sukiyaki.

We made our first round order and the food came quite promptly. They also left us a small carafe of water, and soya sauce to replenish the Sukiyaki sauce as it evaporated. The waitress was very friendly, and spoke English and Mandarin fluently.

The food was very fresh, we ordered a few of everything on the menu, and filled up our table. Cooked in the tasty Sukiyaki sauce, everything was delicious!

On to ordering our second round, we pick a few of the items that we really liked like the fresh tofu, and the thinly sliced beef. As others have mentioned, second round orders tend to have things go missing. Our order of beef was forgotten, but a quick mention to the waitress and they were quickly brought to our table.

Overall we were very satisfied and would definitely come again. Being able to stuff yourself silly for $15/person, and not have to go to Richmond was great! Just remember to make a reservation so you don't have to worry about waiting.

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Much better the 2nd time around
By k-dawg73 of Burnaby (67 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 2, 2009 - 9:31pm [Dine in]

My wife and I went to Fulin for dinner tonight and had the ayce hotpot for $18.95 per person. We had previous gone here for lunch (see previous review) and wanted to try dinner.

As the title suggests, the 2nd time around was a much better experience. When we went the first time, the restaurant had only been open for a short time, so I think they were still working out some of the bugs. For example, we never got any utensils the first time...no tongs or little mesh scoopers, which are a necessity when eating hotpot. This time we got both, along with a laddle to dispense the delicious broth that is left over after you finish eating.

Another difference from last time is that they had an option of the Fulin Broth, which turned out to be just chicken broth with some green onions and ginger in it and it was free - no charge. You can still pay for other different kinds of broth for around $5, but we were fine with the Fulin broth. This was one of my pet peeves from my last post, as you weren't given any choice but to pay for broth when I went the last time.

The food was really good. We had thinly sliced beef, lamb and pork. Beef, pork, fish balls were good, as was the beef omasum, tripe and dumplings. The veggies were fresh and we paid $1 extra for 2nd dish of satay sauce (the first sauce is free) and the sauce was excellent.

Service was attentive and they brought water when I asked for it promptly, along with a carafe of ice water too, nice touch. My only complaint would be that the 2nd round of ordering, they only brought about 1/2 of the items that I had indicated. Not sure why they did this, as the 2nd order was not that much to begin with. I had ordered 2 plates of beef, but only got 1. I ordered 2 dishes of dumplings, but only got 2 pieces. We were getting full at this point, so I didn't really make a big deal about it. The servers also were less willing to come back to you for the 2nd order and I had to flag someone down to get a new order sheet. Server also didn't ask us if we wanted to order anymore, but just turned off our burner when she saw that we were sipping the soup. Like I said, we were satisfied with the amount eaten...but it would have been nice for them to bring our ENTIRE 2nd order and to ask us if we wanted anything else before turning off the burner.

All in all, a good experience and we'll be back. No need to drive all the way to Richmond anymore for good hotpot. Tax and tip for 2 adults was $45.

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Reasonable price for Hot Pot Lunch
By ThumperGirl of Burnaby (4 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 25, 2012 - 10:27pm [Dine in]

Just tried it today. Their lunch hot pots are from $9.90-$12.50. Dinnertime is AYCE.
Dinner is $19.98/Adult. $11.98 for 11 and under. Says on order sheet, 2 hr time limit for eating and
$3.00/plate for wasted food.

We, my husband, 12 year old son and I, ordered 2 hot pot lunches, Regular broth, (otherwise $5-$8 for
special broth). We got 1 dish of free sauce per order, otherwise, $1/sauce. The sesame sauce was ok, but
I thought it needed some more soy sauce (soy sauce is not available on the table, but chili sauces are!?)

I never had "Japanese Ponzu" sauce, so I ordered that. I don't know how it's suppose to taste but I thought it needed some more saltiness, too. Otherwise, the 2 lunch orders were enough to feed 2 adults and 1 child. The place looks like it is family run and it is very small. It can seat 3-6 on their small tables,but they only have 1 bigger, long table at the back (seats 10-12).

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Best Sukiyaki
By weeee2 of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 1:05pm [Dine in]

I’ve been to Fulin Hotpot several times over the past 2 years and each time, I came out of the restaurant satisfied. Last week, I invited my friends to eat there. There were 8 of us and we all live around downtown area, but because I told them how good the food is, they were willing to drive all the way to Coquitlam to try out the food. I had to make a reservation, as it is usually crowded. They have a selection of sukiyaki or hotpot. Their vegetables and meat are all fresh, the ambiance suits the theme of the restaurant and the service is excellent. We all went out of the restaurant with full stomach and all of us were glad to have made the long trip to try out this restaurant

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Great service, fresh food, excellent value!
By foodl0ver of coquitlam (7 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 9, 2011 - 5:03pm [Dine in]

I don't understand all the reviews about bad service, since I've been there almost ten times and the service has been excellent most of the time! I remember slow, inefficient service when they first opened two years ago, but that's normal with new restaurants who are trying to get settled in. Since that experience, service has been very good - as we are usually served by the Korean owner, a very polite lady who thanks us each time we leave. The last few times we ate hot pot with my spouse or my family, the soup was refilled promptly and the food orders came quickly and accurately. The only thing they tend to forget is refills of water - but are quick to respond once asked.
The food is very fresh - sliced and cut very well - which makes the hot pot experience a pleasure. Some hot pot places in richmond dump the food in messy baskets on your plate, with vegetables hanging and falling all over the place. Here, everything is neat and organized. The tables and floors are also spotless, and the setting is modern and neat. I love their comfortable, super cushiony chairs! Overall, I find their value very reasonable considering it is in Coquitlam and it has a monopoly on hot pot/sukiyaki. Definitely will go back again and again!

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Great Experience, Well Run, Fantastic Addition to the Neighbourhood!
By Martini_Man of Vancouver (31 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 4, 2010 - 1:28pm [Dine in]

We were very impressed with our experience @ Fulin!

My brother and his lady were in town visiting from the island, so we wanted to take them for a unique and tasty experience... Having tried Hot Pot in Richmond, and seeing this restaurant in my neighbourhood we were excited to give it a try, and happy that we did!

The ambiance is quite nice, they have the nice induction burners and overhead vent hoods to keep you from smelling like your food... The decor is nothing outstanding, but very comfortable and nice.

The service was friendly, and they were suggestive in helping our ordering.

You do need to order a large enough quantity, and single quantities are quite small, but they bring as much as you want quickly and with a smile...

We went to the divided pot with spicy Szechuan Broth on one side, and house broth on the other, bother were very tasty...

The meats and veggies were all presented well and were very fresh.

The end bill was around $90 + tip for all 4 of us on the all you can eat hot pot, plus some soft drinks... GREAT Value for the experience and quality of the food.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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Definitely a hidden gem in coquitlam
By lil_angel of Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 4, 2009 - 10:21am [Dine in]

I went to his hotpot with my family last night.
My parents are really not keen in trying new food other than the food they eat all the time. I recommended this place after reading good reviews on dinehere. For the first time, dinehere review was right!

We had alll you can eat hotpot dinner. It included one free dipping sauce (totally recommend japanese ponzu sauce) and variety of food. The beef slice was highest quality I've seen anywhere in vancouver. I went to sukiyaki in vancouver P*sh place and their meat is so gross and small amount. This place had thinly slice beef prepared as soon as we order (this took long to arrive b/c of this reason). But it was delicious. My dad is not a meat eater so he had prawns, oyster, mussels, fish tofu, squid(so soft and tender) and other non meat food. IT was overall excellent! My mom wants to return in the near future

As for the service, the lady who served was so alert and courteous. Refill the broth when it is low (it was chicken broth or some sort. not sauce and water mixture like other place) offers us spoons when we were slurping soup from the bowl, cold water. and so on. I just loved it!

I would definitely return :) wonderful know that place like this exists in coquitlam.

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Doing a fantastic job.
By Mecca-nism of texas (18 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 10, 2008 - 6:34pm [Dine in]

Similar to the reviewer below me, my fiancé and I stumbled across Fulin by accident one evening while in the area. What a fantastic little restaurant! The owners are from China and they are going for a Korean style food which they seem to accomplish well. I was very impressed with the overall value and quality of the food. The produce is incredibly fresh and crispy. We had the sukiyaki both times we were there. The sukiyaki selection is quite good and for $30 we both ate (all you can eat) and had tea. The restaurant itself is spotless and well decorated. As far as service, they are doing a solid job. The owner is quick on her feet, very accommodating, friendly and happy to have your business. At one point I accidentally spilt hot tea and the owner could not do enough for us, she was so great. The younger staff are learning, a little slower, but have the right attitude, which is what really counts. We will absolutely go back to Fulin and tell our family and friends to go too.

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Great Place
By luvs2eat604 of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 26, 2009 - 4:18pm [Dine in]

* Food - I tried both the Sukiyaki All-You-Can-Eat (14.95)and their Fulin hot Pot All-You-Can-Eat (18.95). The sukiyaki's hot pot was very flavorable and there were many choices of meat, vegetables and noodles. Their Fulin Hot Pot was a bit more expensive but there were a lot more choices than the Sukiyaki hot pot. Fulin Hot Pot All you can eat also offers you seafood, many different kinds of meat balls and also different meat.

* Service - Everyone is very pleasant, however I just found it strange that the more often you place your order the less they give you. For Example, at the beginning we (2 people) would order 2 fish balls and they would give you 2. The 3rd time we ordered 2 fish ball they gave us one.
* Value - reasonable
* Ambiance - very comfortable and not too busy.

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What a pleasant surprise!
By frugal-diner of richmond (20 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 27, 2008 - 10:29am [Dine in]

Stumbled across this restaurant by accident. Was in the area and decided to give Fulin a try. Service was prompt and friendly upon arrival. Almost every tabled was reserved. We were lucky there was one booth left for us. We decided to have the sukiyaki. The hot pot looked good but a little $$$ at $17 + broth/extras. Dinner was $13.95 and selection was quite good. Not much seafood (only squid) but perfect if you are a meat person. Sauce for the sukiyaki was not too salty like other places. Meat was really fresh especially the beef. Veggies were fresh and clean. Had to flag down service quite a few times to refill water/tea/sauce. Just a note if you are dinner with party of 4, the 4th person is half price. If you are dinner with party of 6 the 6th person is free. Dinner for 4 came to $50 including tax. Definitely a great deal if you are in the area and want to try something different. Overall ambiance was good. The wait staff said the restaurant is only 3 months old. Hope they keep up the quality and improve on the service!

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A suburbian gem
By noidy of Coquitlam (13 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 8, 2009 - 11:14am [Dine in]

I've been to a few hot pot places and this one's probably the top. For a little under $19, you can have all-you-can-eat hot pot which includes a dipping sauce (the satay and garlic soy ones were very tasty), tea and the regular broth (which is very tasty, so one of the special additional cost ones really isn't necessary). Additional dipping sauces cost more, but we didn't even finish our two. The food is fresh (looks and tastes) and there's a wide range of options, ranging from "regular" meats like pork, chicken, beef and lamb, to ones that you'd expect at an asian restaurant. A good range of seafood and more types of tofu, balls and vegetables that I've seen elsewhere. Some items have an additional charge (e.g. scallops for $7), but if you stick to the existing menu, there's already so much to choose from.

Great, friendly service at a modern and clean restaurant with easy parking as it's in a commercial area. The only challenge was unclear portion definitions. For example, selecting "2" beef resulted in 2 plates of sliced beef, while "2" dumplings yielded exactly 2 dumplings. If you like hot pot (cooking various meats, vegetables or noodles in a shared soup pot) or are interested in experimenting, I'd highly recommend this restaurant. Another highlight is that it's in Coquitlam and I no longer have to go to Burnaby or Vancouver for a great meal.

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EXPENSIVE for young kids - and
By mugenman of Coquitlam, BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 20, 2011 - 8:15pm [Dine in]

When we went the last time, my son (3 years old) was not charged for his meal. This time, my son (still only 3 years old) was charged for his meal despite our protests and even showing the owner his Care Card to verify his age. When we got home, we checked the online ordering pages, which says that kids under 4 eat free. Thus, we were improperly charged $10.98 for our 3 year old son, who ate only one bowlful of food. Thus, be careful if you have young children as you may be improperly charged so the owner can make a few extra bucks.

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Bad experience
By Frankmag of Po Co (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, February 6, 2011 - 8:42am [Dine in]

We had our dinner at this restaurant. And when we came in, a waitress led us to a regular 4 person table. Since we have a baby and the hot pot was pretty close around, we asked to switch to anther bigger table for baby's safety, and then they refused. (just said "no"directly no sorry or other polite manner) At 8:00pm the store was so empty, only two table were filled. I couldnt find a reason why not. Finally, those waitresses agreed to ask their boss, and the boss finally said yes with a serious face. After that, the dining was unhappy, the food was salty and no waitress added water for us and even no glass for my older daughter. The pot was almost dry and no people came to refill the soup. They just ignor everything unless you wave to them. I would definitely not go to that restaurant again.

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Horrible service
By SkyKidFalken of Coquitlam, B.C. (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, July 19, 2010 - 3:32pm [Dine in]

I'm very happy that they opened a hot pot restaurant with awesome food like this in Coquitlam so I don't have to travel around look for places. All YOU CAN EAT is the big deal.

Some good and fresh high quality food they got there. Very fresh hot and light taste stock.

Nice ambiance, people are quiet and they enjoy their food.

Actually, the service is not bad just a little bit slow when they deliver the food. I'm a big fat man and I keep eating things because I paid 25 dollars for ALL YOU CAN EAT didn't I? Very good value right.

I keep eating, then they getting angry, because me and my friends don't stop eating that's all. They put the pans on our table very hard and lost the smile when we just came in, slow delivery with the aggressive faces just made me crazy. Bad service doesn't make me mad, but i swear I won't forget those nasty faces.

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Superb Value / Great Atmosphere
By MakanMan of Coquitlam (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 11, 2009 - 7:48pm [Dine in]

My wife, myself and 8 year old daughter eat here frequently. I used to go for AYCE, but as I hit 40 my appetite was not like it was when I was in my 20s so I find better value in the set plates. Fulin has only AYCE on Fridays/Weekends, but if you go during the weekday you can order set plates. You can easily feed a hungry 3 (wife/me and kid) for under $23 (tax included). The set plates range from 9.99 to 12.50 for the Delux. I usually get the Deluxe + the beef seafood for a good variety. For $23, you get 2 plates of beef, 1 plate of lamb, Oysters, Shrimp, Fish, beef balls, dumplings, mussles, loads of fresh vegetables, mushrooms, soft cuttlefish/squid, unlimited free soup, 2 choice of sauces (love the Satay sauce) , and loads of fresh wheat noodles (heavenly). If you are lucky, you also get free delicious ice barley tea (so good) and oranges at the end of the meal. Also for some reason they don't tax as much (maybe there is no tax since it is raw uncooked food?), Anyways, I always end up paying with tip total about $27 to fully satisfy my whole family. The food is fresh, the location is clean and classy (not a dive), and value is incredible. Trust me, go on a week day, and order the set plates... By far the best value hot pot around.

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