I've walked by this restaurant so many times but have never had the patience to wait, the line is always so long and there's not much to see in the shopping arcade while you wait. So we booked at lunchtime for dinner and the first open slot was 8pm (on a Fri night).
We got there 10 mins early but still had to wait until 8:15pm till we sat down. The waiter told us we had 90 mins for the buffet dinner and OF COURSE the time started when we sat down, but we had no pot and no food.
We chose the shabu shabu clear broth and it came fairly quickly but was not hot and we had to wait a while till it heated up. The thing that sort of pissed me off was that all the lowest price meat items ($118) on the menu was conveniently OUT OF STOCK. So all the meat items had to be ordered in the next price range. I didn't mind, I was going to order the $148 beef anyway, but why would they advertise a low price and when you get there, it's not available Isn't this called false advertising
As soon as the soup came, so did the beef and pork. Honestly, the beef is quite good for this price, very tender and juicy. The pork was good also, but really fatty so we didn't order a second round. There is an array of vegetables, a lot of different kind of mushrooms, green veggies like lettuce, leeks, sai yeung choi and green peppers. There is tofu, vermicelli noodles, egg noodles, udon and rice noodles. Also included were a lot of chinese hot pot items like cocktail sausages, chicken weiners, pork and fish balls, and a variation of those fish ball items. I was very impressed with the spread but the best part for me was the sauces. I don't like the traditional soy sauce and opted for the sesame sauce and another bowl of the sour sauce. I was in heaven.
Last but not least, they have a Haagen Daz mini bar with 4 flavors. Last night they had cookies in cream (MY FAVORITE), mango, butterscotch and strawberry. Yum Yum Yum!!!! Even if you don't eat anything else, sit and eat ice cream, you get your money's worth!!!
When we were almost finished our meal, the waiter came up to us and said, "You've only got 15 mins, please pay the bill" and dropped of the bill and left. I thought that was quite rude considering that they no one even asked us if we wanted to order any drinks or even fill up our water glasses. I don't like the feeling of being rushed out the door so I'm not sure if I would come again just for this reason..........
Table Wait Time: 15 minute(s)
Date of Visit: Jan 06, 2012 Other Ratings:
Value for Money 4