Four Seasons HotPot City is the Vikings group newest concept. They’ve brought their expertise in large buffet restaurants and applied it to hot pot/steamboat/ shabu-shabu. Located in SM by the Bay in SM Mall of Asia.
Four Seasons HotPot City takes inspiration from the modern supermarket look and applies it to their food display area. Getting ingredients to cook feels like shopping in a high end supermarket. Everything is clean and brightly lit so you can see what you are getting.
You can start with some appetizers like these small plates or go Japanese with sushi and sashimi.
The most important thing in a hot pot meal is the sauce. Here the many different sauces you can mix and match to create your very own. I stick with what Irene cobbles together, I trust the expert.
We were seated in a table for 10 in the VIP room together with the Goppets and Abet and Joan. They have 5 of these room with dividers that can be removed so you can have your own private party. What’s different about the VIP rooms are that each persons gets his/her own hotpot to cook in. Regular tables have a yin-yang pot shared between 4 people.
Their choice for soup are pork, chicken, si-but and sinigang (yes, you read that right). You can opt to add sate sauce to any of the soups to give it a little spicy kick. I was abit disappointed that they did not have curry (hopefully they add it in the future) so I went with the least conventional sinigang.
I believe the most important ingredients in hotpot are the vegetables and boy do they have a lot of choices. Lots and lots of leafy vegetables abound but my favorite is the fragrant tangho.
They’ve got many different cuts of meat from your choice of pork, beef or lamb. They cut upon order and the waitstaff will deliver it to your table.
Beside the fresh meats are the offal corner. If you love offal whether beef, chicken or pork, you’ll be in heaven like Kap and Irene.
They’ve got most of the drink options from Vikings but they had a special Chang beer from Thailand that tasted somewhat like Hoegaarden.
The balls section are always popular but I’ll have to say the fresh beef, fish and fish noodles are must try. You can see the chefs busy making so much just to meet the demand. There’s also a peculiar looking fishball that looks like a scramble egg sandwich, I forgot to take a pic so just hunt for it.
Seafood choices abound from the usual shrimps, squid, clams (many varieties), mussels, fish. The mantis shrimp was a nice surprise when I saw it on display.
Another surprise which kids will surely enjoy is the tempura station. Lauren had 10 pieces of these.
These chocolate fountains may be the ones to draw the eyes but their Filipino kakanin, halo halo and Lauren’s all time fave dessert yogurt will more than satisfy your sweet endings.
Four Seasons HotPot City is now my favorite hotpot buffet. It has set the bar really high with a wide range of choices plus appetizers, drinks, dessert set amidst brightly lit and clean environs. No hotpot restaurant can rival the amount of items they have for diners to choose from Find Mall of Asia a bit far from you, I promise the drive is so worth it. They also have plans on opening 10 stores in the future.
Rates: (+5% Service Charge)
Adult Weekday Lunch: 588
Adult Weekday Dinner: 788
Adult Weekends/Holiday Lunch & Dinner = 788
Kids below 3 ft: FREE
Kids 3 ft – 4 ft Weekday Lunch: 188
Kids 3 ft – 4 ft Weekday Dinner: 288
Kids 3 ft – 4 ft Weekends/Holiday Lunch & Dinner: 288
Kids 4 ft – 4 ft 6″ Weekday Lunch: 288
Kids 4 ft – 4 ft 6″ Weekday Dinner: 388
Kids 4 ft – 4 ft 6″ Weekends/Holiday Lunch & Dinner: 388