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“Hot pot standby -- good for first-timers and repeat visits” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Haidilao Wangfujing Branch

Haidilao Wangfujing Branch
8F Tianyingtai Dept Store, 88 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District | Shopping Mall In88 - 8th Floor, Beijing, China (Tian'anmen / Wangfujing)
010-57620153
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Ranked #9 of 9,467 Restaurants in Beijing
4.5 of 5 stars 106 Reviews
Cuisines: Chinese Hotpot
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Tian'anmen / Wangfujing
Singapore, Singapore
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48 reviews 48 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Hot pot standby -- good for first-timers and repeat visits”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

We dine at this branch of Haidilao frequently. Easy location for us, and the food and service always is good.

Always packed but not in an obnoxious way -- there are things to keep you busy while you wait -- beer, nuts and snacks, manicures (yea, really).

The best part about Haidilao is you get to mix your own dipping sauce from a counter of about 20 ingredients. I tend to stick with a fairly classic sesame paste or oil with tons of black vinegar, scallion, coriander and a bit of garlic and chili. The counter also has cut fruit -- the pears are lovely to cleanse the palate -- and some fun pickled veg and other accompaniments.

Ingredients are always quality -- Mongolian lamb, beef, various mushrooms (must get black fungus), tofu (must get freeze fried tofu), cabbage, pea shoots, lotus root, potatoes, etc. we always do the split broth -- half clean mushroom, half spicy. Their spicy broth is actually spicy -- a nice mix of chili and Sichuan peppercorns.

Service is friendly. Approachable for foreigners/non-Mandarin speakers. Our first time there, we weren't terribly sure on what to do and the staff seemed to find it fun to teach us.

Try the hand pulled noodles too -- they pull them table side.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Hot restaurant not just hot pot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012 via mobile

On our first day, we were recommended to this restaurant by our tour guide. We arrived around 5pm to book a table and the place was packed already.

We arrived at around 8pm. The place was still to the brim. What was great was there was a waiting area where they offered snacks and seats. If you really wanted to you could play Chinese chess if we wanted to however we had a table booked so we went straight in.

Our waitress was this sweet lady who showed us the menu and even though we couldn't speak mandarin, the restaurant's iPad app helped in terms of effiency. There was bottomless Lemon water or chrysanthemum ice tea.

The food was delicious and quite low price considering what some of the food items could cost in South Africa. The soup base was delicious and we could play creator as you made your own dipping sauce. On top of that you could order a special noodle that is hand prepared by one of the staff as he stretched the dough like it was a Chinese yoyo.

The restaurant caught us with a pleasant surprise and we decided to go again for our other free night. And we had the exact same waitress and she probably remembered us considering we were probably the one of the few Chinese people who couldn't actually speak Chinese. And the second time was just as pleasant and being Chinese tourists we took a photo with her.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Manila, Philippines
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Delicious, great service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

Food was excellent. Note that the staff speaks little or no English, but you can order via interactive menu via an iPad that doesn't take long to figure out.

At the back of the restaurant is a delightful sauce bar when you can create your own concoction.

Come early or late if you don't have reservations, as the place is very popular. We came in at 9pm and got a table immediately.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Crowded!!!!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

Went for dinner at 5.30pm and have to wait for 1_1/2 hr for a seat. It is over crowded!
The place smell of Hotpot even in the lift. Get prepare to be soak in the smell for hrs. If you are looking for quieter place to eat and chat, it is not the place. Food is fresh with good broth. Would go again but not during peak hours.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
“Excellent restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

Hai di lao serves the best hot pot I have eaten better than the ones in chongqing, theBirthplace of hotpot cooking. All Chinese restaurants put MSG in their food and for those not used to it, there is always a reaction like dizziness, headaches, wooziness and dryness of the mouth and throat after partaking of MSG-laden food. But with this restaurant, I never experienced these reactions after eating their hot pot.

I am overwhelmed by the number of ingredients available for the dipping sauce. I can tell that they use the best sesame seed oil. You go to a counter anD choose the mix of spices you want to dip the meat or vegetable after cooking it in the hot pot.

The service is excellent. I have read in most reviews that there is a long wait for a table. Thus we decided to come late and we were ushered into a table immediately.

A choice of Fresh fruits come with the meal. They give you warm towels and changes these occasionally as the meal progresses.

But what impressed me was the hi-tech way you pla ce your order. The waitress gives you what looks like an iPad where you make your choice from the menu complete with pictures. There is Chinese and English versions.
If this is not your thing, you can ask for a printed menu.

I highly recommend this restaurant

Visited October 2012
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