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Hot Pot

Restaurants, Chinese Chinatown
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Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars

A Chinese restaurant serving hot pot, a traditional broth-based dish cooked at your table.

The only thing on Hot Pot’s menu is hot pot (keeping things simple with that name, then) – a communal Chinese dish that’s basically a big, Asian fondue. Of sorts. Here’s how it works: there’s a hotplate welded to the centre of your table, and on that hotplate you place a pot, and in that pot you pour a broth, and in that broth you cook all manner of meat, fish and veg. It’s fun. There’s the option of two broths in one pot (via a clever dividing contraption), so I kicked off with a fiery tom yum base. Tiger prawns came out best – cooked to perfection, they were wonderfully juicy, with a lovely lemongrass flavour emanating from the liquid.

The meat didn’t fare so well though – my marinated beef and pork quickly looked and tasted grizzled. Another disappointment was the second broth, a thin, cheap-tasting chicken soup that tainted everything it touched. Hot Pot ain’t cheap, either – everything you dip is priced separately and it does rack up. The whole experience of sloshing everything in and fishing it back out again is very enjoyable though – and didn’t someone rich once say you can’t put a price on fun?

Hot Pot says
Hot Pot has always intended to be enjoyed at a slow pace for groups of friends and family to cook and eat together so we offer booths for up to 4, tables for 6, 8 and 10 and a private dining room for 8.

Details

Address: 17 Wardour St
London
W1D 6PJ
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £90.
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The perfect kind of meal, especially in this season! My brother and I came here a few weeks ago because a) it was terribly cold and windy and b) we were in need of an Asian food fix. We were looking for something close to what we have back home in Singapore in terms of a 'hot pot' but this was definitely more on the Thai side. 


We opted for 2 different broths - Beauty Rich Collagen Broth and HP's Herbal Drunken Chicken Broth. Alongside, we went for 2 orders of the Sliced Pork Collar, 1 order of the Tender Sliced Beef, 1 order of Emerald Green Noodles, 1 order of a Mixed Fresh Vegetable Set, and 1 order of Freshly Made Hot Pot Fish Balls


Everything was pretty delicious in my opinion, especially the broths! This obviously made all the difference in terms of flavouring the food we cooked in them. My favourite of the two was the Beauty Rich Collagen Broth - I thought it gave the meats an extra layer of flavour when cooking. They also cooked really fast, given how thinly sliced they were. As for the fish balls, these were pretty average but I did like that they were handmade. 


The variety in the Mixed Fresh Vegetable Set was great because it had mushrooms, Chinese cabbage, and corn on the cob among others. These added great flavour to the soup as well, which made it even tastier to drink at the end with the noodles. I thought it was quite interesting having the Emerald Green Noodles. This was definitely something new for me in hot pot but I really liked the texture because it was chewy and springy! I wasn't able to finish my half though because of how many ingredients we had before that. 


Another aspect I enjoyed about this experience was the self-service sauce bar. Located at the back of the restaurant, we were able to mix and create our own sauces for dipping. It had a good variety as well as fresh ingredients to add in such as red chilies, coriander, and sesame seeds. It was also unlimited, which works out well because we could fill it up halfway through the meal. 


The service was alright but I did like our waiter, as he helped us judge how much food we needed to order for the two of us. It ended up being a good amount except we were too full for the noodles, probably give that a skip the next time. 

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