What is it: 24-hour hot pot
When does the kitchen close: Never, it's open 24-hours
Arguably the overlord of malatang in Melbourne, Dragon Hot Pot has franchised aggressively over the past few years, with six stores now open between Box Hill and the city. All of its locations close late, but the snug Russell Street outpost is open 24/7, with lines out the door a common sight during conventional dinner hours. A vast selection of ingredients, slick branding and Mandopop hits mean Dragon Hot Pot is busy around the clock, but its powerfully beefy soups, a drawcard for some, will not be for everyone. It’s also one of the more expensive options for one-person hotpot – bring a friend and share if you’re feeling the pinch.