The only reason I forayed into Chinese cuisine was from watching Iron Chef Chen in the original series Iron Chef Japanese. I am obviously a fan. He made Chinese cooking look so yummy and easy to do. Not the usual lemon chicken or noodles you find in Chinese restaurants, but more of home cooking, and that generally appeals to me more.
Hot pot I was never a fan of as well. I am not sure why. It was only in my office days that I have had repeats of this, maybe because it is much more common now, though I also attribute the exposure to working in an office littered with Chinese hertiage. But we had a chance to try new restaurant during an office meeting. And I am always happy to try a new place.
So it is the buffet hot pot. The cutest thing about it that I discovered is that in our table that seats 12, we get individual hot pot dishes, small ones, to make our own. I love tthat personal touch, and not having to share soup with strangers (or friends and family, hey, I can get possessive over food). It is the cutest little pot, already filled with soup and ready to be heated on the induction cooker. (The other tables though have the regular shared hot pot in the middle of the table.) The buffet was plentiful with meats, noodles, vegetables, dumplings seafood, etc. There were also some sushi and sashimi, a drink and dessert bar too. The option of sauces was endless as well, so many, so little time to eat.
I knew I will end up getting too much and so I mostly focused on getting variety of mushrooms, a little bit of meat, a little of noodles. And after dumping everything in, and letting it boil, I was ready to eat. Since you make your own soup, you will get to decide the flavor and texture of your soup. I added garlic, fish sauce and some chili in mine. And a lot of satay sauce straight into the pot. I slowly ate through my food, and I knew I had more than enough. But that kind of meal, i would have preferred to enjoy over some good conversation, than feeling like I am rushing through it.
So no question about it, at about P600 to P700 per head, the price is really worth it. Hot pot is always an experience in itself. But especially worth it if you pick the meats and that’s all you eat from the buffet. I ended up eating some dessert because I always feel too overwhelmed with so much food after; the dessert is like a pallet cleanser. I am willing to try this place again, but I want to do it in a more leisurely pace.