Fatty Cow serves up Asian hot pot in South East Vancouver.
We were a party of 8 on Sunday after Chinese New Year, 2 families, mixed nationalities. This is very fun experience. A couple of people at our table weren't so adventurous and I think they had a hard time with the concept of cooking all the food, the communal boiling soup, etc. but that's nothing to do with the restaurant, just something to consider if you're bringing guests who aren't used to Asian food. The food was plentiful, in fact we over ordered and had to send some back! We liked the prawns, marinated beef, dumplings, wontons, noodles and veggies. Lots of selection and variety, maybe even a little too much. The value is absolutely great for the sheer quantity of food including seafood and very fresh greens of all kinds. This is a fun meal to go out for once in awhile, maybe not something to have when it's super hot out or if you're not very hungry. We booked an early table and got excellent service to start with but once the place filled up the servers were really stressed to keep up but still did their best. We found the "time limit" to be a non-issue because we had more than enough time to order, cook, eat and do it all over again until we were completely satisfied. We would do this again, absolutely without a doubt. Great value because this is an entertaining activity (the cooking part) as well as a meal.
Little fatty cow is a great find for hot pot. It's a small-ish, clean restaurant, taiwan style (as in big neutral tiles with big light fixtures) A couple of booths, enough for 4 people and 2 tables to seat approx 8.
Service is fairly prompt and attentive. There is a good variety of food, it comes out all at once and is fresh. They even cover your chair+jacket so that nothing can 'splash' on it. You don't leave the restaurant smelling of food which is a bonus.
I'd recommend this place, approx $20/person. Saves you driving to Rmd.
For those who live in the city of Vancouver and are craving hotpot, and don't want to travel all the way to Richmond, this is the place to go. There is a wide variety of food to choose from and most items are fresh. Service is decent - the food came fast, waters/teas refilled every so often, and they even changed our plates halfway through our meal. The restaurant looks quite nice and clean but it's probably because it recently opened. Price is $18.95 ($1 more than the Richmond AYCE hotpots) and $19.95 for weekends. It's a little bit more expensive but it saves me some gas from driving to Richmond. The only issue I had was that they turn off gas to the hotpot after 2 hours. I wouldn't have had a problem with it if it was a party of 2 to 4 people, but I went with a group of 9 people and we were all sharing one small pot. But the waiter did cut us some slack and turned it back on for us.
We all enjoyed our meals and would recommend this restaurant. Note of caution: Definitely make reservations because I went on a Wednesday night and it was packed.
OK, I don't usually submit reviews as I always forget my password to these sorts of sites, but this was such a great dining experience I had to comment. We called ahead and made reservations on a Friday evening, table for two. Parking is difficult and we were surprised by the local traffic in the area, so we parked around the corner and down the block a bit. When we walked in we were immediately greeted, seated, and handed our menu; tea came to the table within a minute. A waitress came to the table and explained the ordering process. We settled on the split hot pot, with clear broth on one side, spicy on the other. The hot pot came within a few minutes and food began coming shortly thereafter. It was all excellent and fresh. The spicy broth was on the spicy side, so it's no for the faint hearted. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal over the course of 1.5 hours and ate a feast fit for royalty. Within a half hour the place was packed with many people waiting out in the entry and outdoors for a table. Friday night in YVR. The place is clean, the service was very good. The only mind issue, which has been mentioned before on this www site, is that there is a separate charge for the broth, which doesn't make sense as most places include it in the price. That said, given that we've paid $25 per person for all you can eat hot pot downtown, it evened out to be roughy the same price. One more thing--the place is clean and has a new feel to it, which makes it much nicer than most similar places. All in all, I'd recommend Fatty Cow any night of the week :-)
Fatty Cow is a fairly new establishment decorated with gray floor tiles and dark wooden tables that give a Taiwanese bubble tea restaurant vibe. The chairs' back support are tall enough to make it difficult for waiters to reach in and refill the tea. The seats are not wide, so a bigger person may find them small. Like other hot pot places, there are wooden table trays to hold the raw food and small rectangular tables and large round tables populate the interior. The food arrived pretty quickly and the hot pot water was refilled a couple times when it was low.
Each person receives a plate, bowl, and dipping plate. There are four dipping sauces/oils and the peanut butter and XO sauce is a tasty combination when mixed with soy sauce. The vegetables and pork neck strips are fresh and the oyster size is generous, but some complained it tastes fishy. The fatty beef is not that fat while the fried tofu does not have much tofu in it. Don't overcook the fried fish skin because they are meant to be eaten crispy. For dessert, a cube of mango pudding was served.
The clean and odour-free bathrooms may be difficult to spot because the sign is located on the far left wall. The single-person bathrooms are roomy enough to accommodate a wheelchair. The cost per child at $15 is a bit steep and only cash and debit is accepted. Fatty Cow is relatively small in size, but had enough seating to accommodate all the diners that evening. There are only two parking spots in the back, but free parking can be found on 35th Avenue. The restaurant is located on the corner of 35th and Victoria (east side of Victoria St) and their web site is http://www.fattycowhotpot.com/. There are not many hot pot places in Vancouver and Fatty Cow is a decent one.
I didn't really know what to expect when I came here and I was SO impressed. You pay a bit more than you would for many hotpot restaurants, but it's all you can eat, and the menu choices are HUGE - meats, seafoods, vegetables, tofu, dumplings...
You can get a 'divided' hotpot with 2 kinds of broth in it - or just 1 if you want - I recommend the Tom Yum if you like spicy! Then you order plates of food and cook them in the boiling broth. We had beef, shrimp, cuttlefish, wontons, bean curd skin, cress, oysters, bitter melon, winter melon, deep fried fish skin, seafood balls... and everything was AMAZING. I'm already looking forward to going back!
Service was very fast and efficient; they maybe could have been friendlier but I think it was because they were so busy. Our waitress took the time to explain how it all worked (the ordering) and even recommended dishes.
This place has nicer decor than your average Chinese restaurant.
And you won't believe how good crispy fish skin is until you try it!
At this venue on Nov. 13th for a birthday gathering. Had a good time, up until the last 20 minutes.
I know that there's a 2-hour time limit at AYCE's, but one of the managers (the younger one) couldn't get us out of there fast enough.
We were told about by the manager our last call at 1-1/2 hours into seating time (which was fine), 5 minutes later were rudely told that we were overstuffing the pot (we were trying to cook the rest of the food that was on the table), 15 minutes left he just came over and turned off the burner instead of lowering the temperature (we asked another manager - older fellow - to turn it back on, which he kindly did), even though we still had food in the pot we were given our dessert and bill by that same younger manager.
I would've said the service was solid but for the fact that this manager (who supposedly is to set the tone for the rest of the staff) gave us a hard time, I have to say the service was mediocre.
Can't decide if I'd return.
it was pretty good.
Had to wait a little bit after our resos (like 10mins) and then got seated. Service overall was good, they servers took our orders and food came relatively fast.
At the end they charged us for 6 people instead of 5 but that could be because a friend pulled a no show.
They can't seem to figure out how we ordered though. It was actually pretty funny since they left out some food but then randomly gave us others. But the food was fresh and the since it was AYCE, the portions were good too. The food really makes it worth the money.
Either way, it is the best thing in the area and now, I, no longer need to drive to Richmond to get my fix.
Last Tuesday the wife and I dropped into this restaurant because we liked the name not knowing what to expect. We got there just before 5:00 and the "Open" sign wasn't on but the Manager was very gracious and let us in and sat us down at a table. (note: good thing we got there when we did because by 5:30 the restaurant was half full and by 6:00 it was lined up ) .
Simply put, we had a very good experience being novice hot pot goers. The food was great and the restaurant had a very nice feel. Service was excellent and very friendly.
Seemed a bit pricey though, but will definitely go back......but this time will make sure to make a reservation.
Food is very fresh. Oysters are huge, beef is marbled and well marinated, vegies are fresh. I would not recommend the spicy broth.
Service is prompt. You're given an order sheet with all the ingredients. You mark down what you want and hand it to any staff and they do the rest. Expect to wait a while for a table during peak hours. I would recommend getting a reservation.
At 20 bucks a head, its a little steep. But it's a small price to pay for a comfortable, enjoyable dinner. It looked like a fun night was had by all.
The decor was clean and modern. Washrooms are immaculate. I wouldn't expect anything less from a restaurant less than a week old.