Since the popularity of Hai Di Lao there seems to be more steamboat restaurants in Singapore and Singaporeans seems to be more willing to pay for quality steamboat nowadays judging by how packed these restaurants are. In the past (Marina Bay steamboat era) people tend to associate steamboat meals as something cheap and buffet style. I am so glad that quality steamboat restaurants have made its way to Singapore and I now enjoy eating steamboat, if it’s good.
This relatively new restaurant in OneKM mall seems to be modelled after Hai Di Lao. The service staff were overly polite (like they literally call you VIP but you aren’t exactly given VIP treatment), which I find is out of place because the whole experience wasn’t smooth and faultless. There were hiccups here and there and the waiting time for food was slower than what I experienced at Hai Di Lao. Nevertheless, it was a nice try. Do make sure you reserve tables because you do not want to wait in line. A week ahead is what I did and I was so glad I did because I didn’t have to wait a single second for my table to be ready.
Shark Bone Cartillage and Mala Spicy Soup – $25.00++
Always get twin soups because only the spicy one would give your meat flavour but for something to drink it has to be non-spicy. The soup base is shark bone cartilage which is packed with collagen. The soup is really good.
Ebiko Prawn Paste – $12.00++
This one was recommended by the staff and it was really good. We ordered a second serving of it! They helped us put it in the pot in chunks like irregular looking meat malls and when cooked it was crunchy and texture. I loved it.
Assorted Balls Platter – $10.00++
Assorted Dumplings Platter – $10.00++
Well.. these can all be skipped.
Homemade Fish Tofu – $1.80++/pc
This one was also recommended by the staff. It is shaped like a fish and came frozen. It was quite nice, not bad.
Sliced Lamb – $8 (half)
US Kurobuta Pork – $9 (half)
These meats weren’t the best of its kind I’ve had at steamboat restaurants, but better than the balls or dumplings in my opinion.
US Wagyu Ribeye – $42.00++
I actually thought I ordered the Angus Shortribs but was somehow this one was recorded instead. I could deal with this mistake because this beef was better and I liked it.
This was served complimentary at the end.
While the soup was good, the ingredients weren’t as fantastic as I would prefer it to be. The ebiko prawn paste was the only outstanding one, and the beef was good because it’s good beef. Just beef with spicy soup is good enough to make me enjoy my steamboat. However, while I still think Hai Di Lao and Imperial Treasure is better, I won’t mind returning here because the location is good for me.