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Cattle Hot Pot Restaurant

8391 Alexandra Road, Unit 1150
Richmond, BC V6X3W5
Tel: (604) 248-4345
Neighbourhood: Golden Village

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Great hot pot for a chilly night
By banany of Vancouver (37 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 2, 2007 - 5:48am [Dine in]

The all you can eat hot pot is $18 and includes a very broad selection of choices. I went for a friend's birthday and in total there were 10 us and we shared 3 communal hot pots. Normally I'm not a big fan of communal hot pots cause you sometimes have to fight for food if you're in a large group, but with 3 pots we were each directly in front of a pot so food was very accessible.

Selection is easy as they give you an order form (Chinese and/or English) and you can pick whatever you want.

I must comment on the service as it was surprisingly great! I usually don't except much in terms of service from an all you can eat establishment, but the servers were fast, efficient, and courteous. If I ever asked for anything (drink, napkins, whatever), they brought it promptly and they brought us new replacement plates without having to be asked.

The restaurant is small so definitely make reservations. I think there may be a two hour time limit, but we were all full and satisfied before they came by for last call. The restauant is open until 2 AM.

In total, we had some sour plum juice, beers, and I personally had two cans of pop. I didn't see the bill and I didn't apportion the costs, but it came out to $22/each for everything, which I felt was very reasonable for a night of good eats and fun!

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Not So Hot Pot
By CoastalCook of White Rock (12 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 11:43pm [Dine in]

Planned an celebratory evening at the Cattle Hot Pot last night. Called on Friday for the reservations, no problem for a table of four two days later. We realized we were going to be running a bit late so called en route to say so and were surprised to hear they do not hold reservations. Hmm ... Parking at this place is awful. Allow extra time for this as well. Bring plenty of change for the pay parking on the street - they do not use credit/debit. The night we were there it did not take Canadian quarters, either. Parking for 2 hours is $4.00. We arrived at 6:10, 10 minutes past our reservation time. They had two 4 tops available and of course we were seated right next to the front door. (We were the only visible minority group in the place that night. People coming in after you can literally stand behind your chair while you eat or sit at one of the waiting chairs so close you might as well ask them to join you.) So the table, not so great but I suppose someone has to sit there. The place was busy - mostly families. There was a paper menu on the table in chinese except for the block letters reading 'CASH ONLY'. Well, good grief - who needs this added inconvenience. (The server was unaware as to the location of the nearest bank machine. After dinner two of us had to drive to the nearest bank machine to withdraw cash, on the other side of Landsdowne Mall then return to the restaurant) Okay, after the confusion and rushing about we set to look at the menu. Server is quick to get us to order - brings us an English menu. We get a round of beer, consider the menu. For $17.95 AYCE there is many add ons. The broth is additional ($5.00+) - if you want a split pot of two different flavors it is additional ($8.50+) - dipping sauce(s) additional .50 - $1.00 each. And they have this ridiculous 'cut off time' one hour after you arrive for your final order. If you are looking for a slow relaxing hot pot dinner this is not the place for you. This is a small place and it fills up quickly. As the tables filled up the noise level reached unbelievable levels between groups talking and patrons using their cell phones at the tables or while waiting in line right behind me. Okay, enough of the down side. We would never have gone to an AYCE place if the ratings at this place were not so high as noted here on DH.ca The food that came out was fresh, presented well and generous in portions. Beef and lamb were excellent, tender and tasty. Tendon, mostly gristle. Prawns were disappointing. Won tons and shrimp balls were excellent. Kudos for their fun take on the 'fish noodle' which came in a raw state in it's own miniature piping bag. Very fun. All of the vegetables were super fresh and delicious with the exception of the mushroom selection which was uninspiring. Service was good on the whole. Tea was hot and tasty. There was a terrible shortage of proper napkins. They provide a few lunch napkins with the original settings then you have to repeatedly ask for additional ones all evening. This can be a very messy if you are eating the prawns or anything else that requires a hands on effort after the cooking. Finger bowls would be welcome here or serve the prawns head off, tail on. I suppose the downside to this is this strange 'time factor' where the establishment wants you to gorge yourself in two hours and then leave so they can turn the table. I have little experience with AYCE and would suggest to anyone not familiar with this type of eating or for those who simply prefer 'dining' to go elsewhere. Total for four (6 beer total), broth, dipping sauces, tip, parking, just under $150. Have had much better Hot Pot at Garden City and many years ago at City Chui Chow.

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Highly recommended for all hot pot lover!
By shovelhd of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, July 30, 2010 - 7:46pm [Dine in]

The food was good but the service was awesome!!! Thank you to the very friendly, helpful and attentive waitresses who was working on Saturday night shift, because of their hard work and dedication, it made the food that was already good, even better! We absolutely enjoyed every bite and minute of it.

This place was the totally opposite of typical Chinese restaurant, which is "lousy service"!!! Reviews after reviews of all these different Chinese eatery and all you read is "attitude, total disrespect of customers, rudeness and rushy rushy". Well.... I'm telling you, Cattle Hot Pot is the total opposite and if you got served by the same wait staff we did, you will leave their feeling like royalty. For a Asian AYCE place, they're truly a cut above the rest.

On that night we actually went to 2 different AYCE before finally set our mind on Cattle's, yeah go ahead and laugh (lol) but this show how serious me and my fiancee are about food. First stop was Little Fat Sheep or whatever they're call at Crystal Shopping Center in Burnaby, that was a joke! The bare minimal menu, which was not even half of Cattle's made us actually walked right out after being seated. For the cost of more then Cattle's and that little choices, you gotta be kidding me. Then we stop into Shabusen on Burrard, thought this time maybe I can entice my lovely fiancee with the extra added AYCE BBQ, well... that was no go either, she was set on that spicy hot pot. But, I must add, the hostess was courteous, the food looked fabulous and looks like everyone was having a good time there, definitely have to go for some of that in the future.

So finally we landed in Cattle's after driving all over lower mainland in search of a decent AYCE to tame the monster in our belly and it was all worth it. The selection was plenty, the food was fresh and the service was most excellent. I also like the huge variety of vegetables, it really helps balance out all that meat we ate. For a guy that ate all over lower mainland and the world, it's all good at the Cattle;) Bon appetite!

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One of better hot pot places in Richmond!
By chubbybear of Richmond (4 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 10, 2009 - 8:59pm [Dine in]

This is for sure one of the better hot pot resturants in Richmond. The food is outstanding as it tends to be fresher then other rival hot pot resturants, such as Tung Kee, just a stone throw away. Pop is cheap $1 for two cans as mentioned in other reviews. My favourite side-dish is the fried fish skin, which could use a bit more seasoning, if they even put any in. There are many soup bases to choose from satay, spicy, plain broth etc. Usuaally it is very easy to flag down a waiter, because of the size of the place. So I would have to say that service is better than other AYCE places. Although, on some nights, you can and will get some attitude from some of the waitresses as it can be very stressful to deal with so many demanding customeres at once!. This resturant is good value for the freshness of the food and how quickly it arrives at your table. The ambiance is usually very noisy, so this place would be great for hosting parties at. I favour the tables because, if I remember right, they're made of granite, which adds a beautiful touch to your dining expirience.

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First time experience
By farbucks88 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, February 21, 2009 - 12:40am [Dine in]

Tonight is my first time to this restaurant and the quality and quantity of food is good.But they really force you to get out the door within 2 hours and besides if you tips less they are really concern and tell you that why you pay less.I don't recommend to go there if you want to sit and chat with friends.

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Great value
By hokuto of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 6, 2008 - 12:19am [Dine in]

Agreed with the other posts, you can't go wrong with ~$20 per person after tax. The food quality is consistent, and you get a lot of varieties of food to choose from. It's by far one of the best AYCE hot pot restaurants in Richmond. Service is ok, as the servers are always busy. If you plan to go there during weekends, remember to call ahead of time!!! Or else you probably won't get a table unless you want to wait for 1 - 2 hours.

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