Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Espresso & Matcha's Piquant Pilgrimage: Sydney - Mini Hot Pot

Headed to Sydney for a short trip lately for a number of reasons, amongst which involved one of our first guild meetups for a game I've recently been quite addicted with. Finding a mutual interest in hot pot during the winter, we headed off to Mini Hot Pot on Little Hay Street.

Knowing how popular hot pot can get during the cooler months, coupled with the population of Sydney, I made a point to book a table beforehand, and grabbed the last empty table in the somewhat small restaurant.

We were given a sheet which detailed our options for the buffet. Soup was extra (unless you started at 5pm), and sauces were also extra, which my readers would know, annoys me somewhat (because you can't hotpot without soup, they should have rolled it into the price.)

As the name suggests, we were each provided with a miniature hot pot on its own little burner. I ordered the bone broth, which was surprisingly tasty, and far more homier than the msg filled broths I've had in Brisbane. Unfortunately though, the setup did leave a lot to be desired, as my arm was burned several times by the open flame from the burner.

Our first round of food came with a little confusion, as we expected our order to come out in separate individual plates. Instead our order came out on a meat plate and a non meat plate. It took a little while, but we were able to distinguish between the beef, pork and lamb which was served to us. The meat was somewhat fattier than I would have preferred, but the non meat dish provided the balance we all craved with a selection of enoki mushrooms, cabbage, tofu, crab sticks, and udon. The enoki and cabbage were quite fresh and tasty.

Not yet full after our first round, we added a second round of meats and veggies, notable additions this time included some dumplings, quail eggs and copious amounts of coriander, which one companion loved. The meat in this round was even more fattier than what we previously had. On the other hand, the dumplings were quite delicious, despite only being the frozen variety. Overall the meal was good not great, but the company made it quite a memorable dinner.

Price Range: $30 - $40pp

Taste: 7/10
Value: 7/10
Service: 7/10
Environment: 7/10

Mini Hotpot Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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