I don't think I have ever had such an expensive Hot Pot experience in my life.
The food was just food. Afterall, how could you possibly go wrong with raw meat and cut up vegetables. Their watermelon juice was $15 a jug, which I didn't order.
Yes, you get your own pot to make your own food, and yes, it is a novelty, but definately wasn't worth it. My pot was burnt out before I was done and no one came to relight another flame. It was almost like, "I got your money, now leave".
The ambiance would be good for young people, dark, but they still had their christmas tree up. Huh???
Would never go back!!!
The boyfriend and I were driving in Richmond and stumbled onto this place. From its name I was expecting a no-frills, frugal hot pot place, but was totally wrong.
I was thrown off. The concept of AYCE hot pot here is a little bit different, but cool. Unlike the conventional hotpot place, every customer receives an individual hotpot (no fighting over what kind of broth!). Also, there's a little sauce bar where you can combine a plethora of ingredients to make your own custom sauce (think buffet line, or Mongolie grill). I get to make my sauce exactly how I want it!.
The restaurant's concepts are excellent, but I could not say the same about the actual food.
We shared a pitcher of lemon iced tea (which was sadly made from a powder mix), a Kimchi broth, and the house special broth. The meat slices were distastefully un-fresh, and their dumplings were extremely small and weird tasting. The vegetables weren't too fresh either. Everything else was at best mediocre.
Our server was nice. She knew that it was our first time here, and warned us when she worried we had ordered too much noodles. After that, she regularly checked up on us with smiles.
I know that you can't expect quality foods for AYCE, but some of these dishes were noticeably worse than their AYCE counterparts. Thus, if their food was at least mediocre, I would recommend this place. But it's not, so I don't.
I always come to eat in this hot pot. Both the food and service is good. I recommend this place very well. The owner is very nice. He is humorous and talkative. The food is very fresh and delicious. Especially, the free sweet fermented-rice, which is famous food in Shanghai. I prefer the kkdollar hot pot than any others.
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