Sunday, September 25, 2011

Haidilaohuoguo 海底捞火锅 (Hotpot)

One of Beijing's most famous hotpot restaurants is 海底捞火锅 (Haidilao Hotpot). Their hot pot offerings are regular fair, like many hot pot places, but what sets this restaurant apart is its excellent service. Other hotpot restaurants tried to copy this, but have not become as popular as Haidilao, as Haidilao enjoys first-mover advantage.

While waiting, kids can play board games and puzzles in the kids corner just right beside the entrance.

Adults were treated to some 小吃 while waiting

Ladies-in-waiting may have a hand exfoliating massage

To prepare long-haired women (and men) for a hot pot meal, they gave free hair ties

青菜和沙司 (Green veggies and sauce counter)

黄瓜和西红柿 (Cucumber and tomato counter)

蘑菇 (Mushrooms)

洋白菜 (White cabbage)

青菜 (Greens)

鸡蛋豆腐 (Hard egg tofu)

There are an assortment of vegetables and meat on the menu. We averaged at around RMB 150 per person, but, save for the kitschy interiors, the service and food offerings made every 毛 well-worth.

Haidilao Hotpot (many branches around Beijing)
Wangfujing/Dongdan area 王府井/东单
8/F Tianyingtai Department Store, 
88 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District, 
Beijing, China
Tel: +86 10 5762 0153

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