Location: 8788 McKim Way, Richmond, BC V6X 4E2
Phone: (604) 303-0909
- Order by dish
- No extra charge for sauces
- Fresher ingredients
- Dim Sum at day, Hot Pot at night
Tis’ the season to do the hot pot, fa-la-la-la-la-la-la. As temperature is dropping, hot pot is definitely a choice of dinner. For those unfamiliar with the name “Hot Pot”, it is exactly what the name entitles. A pot that is hot. But more specifically, it’s a Chinese tradition to put anything you could find into the pot and have it as a meal. Usually dipped in some type of sauce and condiments.
I visited Garden City Hot Pot, compliments of my brother who won a $50 gift certificate from them. We were a party of four and even though we made reservations, there were still spots opened when we arrived.
First of all, Garden City Hot Pot is NOT an ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT hotpot restaurant. However, the soup base is an additional charge on top of the dishes ordered. We tried the 2 combo soup bases because it was the better deal. I had a spoonful taste of each soup before it got contaminated by the things we put in. They were quite flavorful so if you want to take a sip better do it first!
Unlike other places, the dipping sauce here is made to your request right in front of you. This particular one was very flavourful. It’s soy sauce with garlic, ginger, and scallions along with peanut sauce.
They served two types of drinks complimentary to each guests. And they are unlimited refills. First is a sweet tea and the second is a plum juice, which is very popular among hot pot.
There were a variety of meat slices to choose from, all were presented nicely and fresh.
The chicken wings were quite drunken.
The presentation of the iced-tofu was surprisingly in a heart shape.
All the balls here are freshly made and not processed. However, none were surprisingly good.
The deep fried fish skin is a must try if you have not had one of these at hot pot places, it’s crispy chips and best when dipped into the pot of soup for just a few seconds. All the flavours would soak right into the skin. Eating this alone is equally good.
They have a variety of vegetables available. Above is “Tong Ho” and “Sai Yeung Choi”, which are very common vegetables for hot pot.
Overall, Garden City Hot Pot was quite an interesting experience. First, you don’t have to stuff yourself silly because this isn’t an all-you-can-eat place. Second, you get fresher ingredients compared to other places. My only complaint about the restaurant is that its floors are ridiculously slippery and I could so tell that someone is going to slip and sue them. Their prices are on the steep end and if you are not part of their Gold member (which you would get 20% off each dish) then you would be definitely be paying a fortune when the bill comes. They are doing a special that non-members will have 10% off. But even then, that is still quite expensive. With the things we’ve ordered, we were comfortably full. So, if you are wanting to try something new and not all-you-can-eat, you can definitely check this place out.