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“An adventure all in its own”
Review of Hot Pot Buffet

Hot Pot Buffet
Ranked #595 of 3,229 Restaurants in Boston
Cuisines: Chinese
Neighborhood: Chinatown
Restaurant details
Neighborhood: Chinatown
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“An adventure all in its own”
Reviewed December 11, 2012 via mobile

This was the first time I had ever tried hot pot. We just walked right in not knowing what to expect. You pay $15 for the lunch buffet. You get seated and handed the menu to pick you broth, protein, and veggies to add to the pot that is boiling in front of you. It was an awesome experience and I cannot wait to bring my family here so that they can try it too. The food was authentic asian comfort food and it was delicious. Despite eating and eating, I was nowhere close to finishing my pot. I look foward to returning!

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nj
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Excellent Eating Adventure”
Reviewed October 3, 2012

Attention gourmands, don't be misled by the five star rating...this is mostly about the experience and the outstanding value rather than the cuisine.

Please understand it's not a "buffet" in the true sense of the word, the food is served right at your table. They use the expression to mean that there is no limit to how much you can eat, what you order, how much you order, etc.

First off you are asked what type of "soup" you want. Here again, don't expect bowls of chowder to be served. "Soup" refers to the type of broth that you will cook your food in.

So you choose your soup (broth), and then a large pot of it is brought to your table and set on a portable gas burner. Now you order your food -- don't be shy -- by making check marks on the large paper menu. Broth soon begins boiling, the food arrives, and you dump it in your pot and cook it. Sliced meats cook in a few seconds, veggies a few minutes, seafood and dumplings somewhere in between.

Once cooked, you fish your food out of the pot and dig in. Now the food isn't spectacular, but it sure tastes better than a typical Chinese "buffet". Soon you'll be eating and shoving stuff in the pot and fishing out the serving spoons that you inadvertently let slide into the soup and food is everywhere and soup is splashing around and you're trying to use chopsticks and they ask if you want a fork and you say no thank you to be polite but they are smarter than you and bring a fork anyway which is much appreciated and then some of the stuff you ordered to try new stuff you aren't sure what it is but it tastes great and you figure it out and you're having a great time. Whew. Glad I was able to get that all out there.

You will be stuffed and happy.

It's right in the middle of Chinatown. The Hot Pot Buffet doesn't look like much from the outside, so don't be put off. It's clean, the service is prompt and friendly, and they will offer just enough help and suggestions if you're new to all this. Seatings on two floors, so even on a busy Saturday you generally won't need to wait for a table.

It's an experience to enjoy with friends and family, and it's an outstanding value...about $16 for lunch as of October 2012. Absolutely recommend for all but the fussiest epicurean.

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