One rainy, chilly night, Hungry, TC, DLS and I headed out for all you can eat hot pot in Flushing. We’d already done Shanghai Tide last year, so Hungry went to the internets and found this place with no English name on the sign outside, though a pretty modern looking inside. We took our place at the table and asked about the all you can eat.
Individual pots – hallelujah! That’s my preference. These took a long time to get hot for some reason, strangely – induction is supposed to be really fast. While we waited for our pots… for everything… the server came by to look at something, and while holding a pot of boiling broth, leaned over, and proceeded to spill a good amount of said boiling broth onto my chair. Luckily, a split second before the broth hit my lap, Hungry said “Yvo, watch out!” and I leapt out of the way. Phew. I would not have been happy – he apologized but barely. Oh yeah, the hot pot was $25/person, and said it included draft beer. But then we were told Coor’s Light only. Ah well. In any case, there was a huge language barrier – despite the ordering system basically being check off what items you want on a piece of paper – and we received horrible service, worse than even the crappiest Chinese place in Chinatown. We decided it was because we didn’t speak Mandarin, but literally, our server scowled at us any time we asked for something, and then would take 15 minutes to bring us simple things like raw eggs for our sauce.
Various dumplings, fish cakes, tofu.
Fish balls, beef balls, cuttle fish, shiitake mushrooms, enoki mushrooms.
DLS’s herbal Chinese broth.
Mussels, shrimp, crabs.
Tripe, squid, fish.
Gizzards and duck blood.
Corn, tomatoes, tofu, tofu skin.
Our whole table once all the food was set out – they really need to have the plate tier racks to help with space issues. We didn’t actually even get all the food we ordered. There was some divide in our ordering system – we wrote ‘1’ for some items and ‘4’ for others, but every order was the same size, which led to a lot of excess food… but I really wanted my udon noodles, dammit. In any case, we sat and ate for hours, just working away at the initial bunch of food given to us. Our service was seriously horrible, horrible, horrible – ignored, our beers were never refilled, and the dirty looks the server kept giving me really annoyed me. I didn’t do anything wrong! Sad, because the food was actually pretty good – the quality of everything offered and eaten was good, and I would definitely go back – if I could guarantee a slightly more pleasant experience than what we had. $26 for the amount of food we ate isn’t bad by a long shot. Ah well.
Flushing, NY 11354