Happy Lamb Hot Pot
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An upmarket Chinese hotpot spot.
With its stylish decor, plush banquettes, tasteful lighting and smartly turned-out staff, this topnotch hotpot spot is a welcome addition to New Oxford Street, its DIY dining experience a fitting mirror to the area’s status as a seemingly permanent building site. You choose your broths – you can have up to three – and make your selection from a wide range of raw ingredients. You then cook the latter in the former at your table in a fun and sociable dining experience which improves with numbers; the more of you there are, the more ingredients you get to try. And a veggie broth option (admittedly a little closely placed to the non-veggie ones) means plenty of choice for everyone.
This being an Asian restaurant, though, carnivores definitely get the best choice. On a generous platter of beef and lamb the meat was delicately sliced and beautifully presented; cooking in seconds, adding depth to the broth, which in turn was soaked up by the two types of tofu we also added to the pot. And from a five-fungi mushroom platter we gave the likes of wood ear fungus, oyster mushrooms and enoki a good long soak in both veggie and meat broths, again turning them into moreish flavour sponges.
A vegetable and noodle platter was good value and had a generous selection of leaves, also enhanced by cooking in the broth, while some probably unnecessary spring onion pancakes were delicious; more sensible plain boiled rice provided a perfect foil to everything.
It’s not all perfect. Service was a little hit and miss, but staff are friendly and eager to please, and in their halting English – clients are mostly Asian – will steer you in the right direction regarding quantities needed. A range of Chinese spirits on the menu as well as the usual beers and wines completes the appeal.
To pay the highest tribute to the good quality of lamb and other locally sourced ingredients, the happy lamb chefs use chicken and the bone marrow simmer for more than 6 hours every day to create a strong and fresh bone broth. After six steps: collect, choose, soak, fry, stew and fermentation, adding 36-flavoured Chinese herbs ingredients are used to create a happy lamb classic “good broth” to customers in the UK. We offer a delicious combination of local lamb and Chinese hot pot.
Originated from Inner Mongolia, China and now Happy Lamb has over 70 restaurants in USA, Canada, Austria, China and Cambodia. On 30th August, we will open our very first Happy Lamb Hot Pot restaurant in Europe and it is located in Holborn.
The opening of our first London store is in parallel with the global launch of other five restaurants in Toronto, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Shenzhen and Xiamen.