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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Ma La Hot Pot Restaurant at Ximending

Get ready for the BEST hotpot buffet that me and my hotpot-lovin’ hubby had ever eaten in our lives so far! And it is affordable. It was so good, we had it twice during our 8 days in Taiwan.

The restaurant is a short 5 minutes walk away from the Ximending station and located on the 2nd floor.

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^Can you spot the restaurant?

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So here we go!

We were ushered to our seat quickly and we noticed the restaurant was full.

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We were given a small little rubbishbin for leftovers as well as a pack of tissues. How considerate!

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You first decide the type of soup base for your hotpot (shared). You can choose to have up to two flavors and the hubby had to order their ma la flavor.

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The ma la was just soooo good. It was spicy enough and not too oily. There are some places where the ma la soup tastes sourish but this was not so. It was perfect!

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Next, you order the ala carte meats – pork, lamb, beef, some seafood specialty. Though you are able to order as many as you like, the waiters would advise you to order up to 6 plates at a go to avoid wastage. 

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There was even certified black angus beef from USA! Impressive!

Thereafter we headed straight for the buffet line.

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3 rows of condiments for you to mix and match. A friend told me you got to mix at least 5 different condiments to get a good sauce. Winking smile

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Drinks galore!

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^Mini cans of chilled soft drinks

Herb Tea Counter…

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^Small pots of dried flowers like rose buds, chrysanthemum with wolfberries and dried fruits for making healthy teas!

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^Free flow milk tea and Calpis yoghurt drink!

They also have free flow Taiwan Beer!

Fruits and some desserts like chilled yoghurt, herbal guilin jelly, cakes…

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^So impressed with their oranges!

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And most important of all (at least to me)… Here is their free flow ice-cream counters!!!

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8 flavors of Haagen Daaz ice-cream!

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And 8 flavors of Movenpick icecream!

Flavors are not your usual chocolate, vanilla and strawberry but…

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Icecream is my weakness.

The service here is very prompt and efficient. They even have a dedicated staff standing beside the chiller with the free flow food to ensure that the food that runs out gets topped up quickly.

This restaurant is a must visit in Taipei!

Notes:

  • As the restaurant can get pretty crowded, do call and make reservations. You have to be punctual!
  • It costs about S$18 per pax for lunch and about S$23 per pax for dinner, weekends and public holidays.
  • It opens at 11.30am and closes at 5am! (Last orders at 4am)
  • You have 2 hours for the buffet…

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