Have you heard about the new buffet in town called Four Seasons Hot Pot City? It’s a hot pot/ shabu-shabu buffet brought to you by same group that brought my favorite buffet which is Vikings Luxury Buffet and NIU by Vikings. This concept restaurant recently opened at the SM By The Bay and we had a chance to visit it a couple of weeks ago.
The restaurant is bright and sunny because of the full length windows facing both the bay and the sidewalk. All the tables are set up with a big hot pot at the center where in you can put two kinds of soup. But there are five (5) private rooms that can comfortably sit a maximum of 12 guests in each room. Each room is equipped with a special induction cooker for each guests to fully enjoy their hotpot dining experience. To avail of the private room, the guest must book a minimum of 10 guests and is available on a first come first serve basis.
I was impressed with how this restaurant was designed. It has a lavish, elegant, modern market interior which makes you think that your in some posh supermarket. It features 7 main stations in it’s buffet line: (1) Meat, (2) Seafood, (3) Vegetables, (4) Appetizers, (5) Desserts, (6) Japanese, and (7) Bar.
The Appetizers Station features sushi and sashimi, salads, cold cuts and other interesting items.
I feasted with my favorite California Maki and the Four Seasons Special (that on the farthest left) which has that bloody red color.
I was contemplating on trying the salad but I stopped myself as I know that there’s still a long way to go. Four Seasons Hotpot City serves a wide assortment of fresh and healthy ingredients all there waiting for me to pick them.
The Vegetable Station has all te leafy greens you can think about like pechay, kangkong, polunchay, lettuce plus others like corn, taro, and carrots.
Different kinds of tofu and noodles can be found at the Seafood Station.
I was really amazed by the wide selection of tofu, bean curds, and balls they have there and I don’t know which one to pick!
They have a vast selection of noodles as well. They even have squid ink noodles, carrot noodles, polunchay noodles, and mushroom noodles. Ah, for this one, I picked the polunchay and mushroom noodles… Okay, maybe I picked them because of their appetizing green and brown colors! LOL!
They even have vegetarian dumplings!
My favorite among the beancurd/ tofu product is the white and black fungus that’s soo crispy! I think I might be back just for those.
What type of sauce would you go for? Are you the spicy sauce type? nutty? Well, with all the sauces available at Four Seasons Hot Pot, I’m sure you could find something to your liking.
The meat station features all kinds of meat: beef, pork, and chicken.
They even have innards like pork tito, pork isaw, pork lung, pork kidney, pork blood, chicken liver, etc.
There’s a section there where in you can order special types of sliced meat and they will gladly take them to your table. As you can see with the above photo, they have pork neck, pork belly, and beef striploin among others.
They also have a wide assortment of seafood!
They have sea cucumber, leather jacket, baby octopus, yellow eel, Nylon Shell, Talakitok Fillet, and Sea Mantis (our family favorite).
For those who are not so fond of the hotpots, there are ready to eat dishes and short orders available too! They have Shrimp and Fish Tempura, Taiwanese Stye Adobo.
Noodles, Braised Beef Brisket, Dong Po Pork, and Spare Ribs A1 Sauce.
You can find all the drinks you want at the bar station. They have a wide assortment of juices, sodas, coffe, tea, and milo. They even have Milk Tea in there and of course, unlimited servings of Chang Beer.
This is Ykaie’s favorite station… okay, this is mu favorite station too!. Just like Vikings, Four Seasons Hot Pot City dessert station offers two kinds of chocolate fountains, a crepe station, a halo-halo station, and a yogurt station.
Aside from that, they also have different kinds of Filipino rice cakes like kuchinta and sapin-sapin.
Our Four Seasons Hot Pot City Experience
There are a variety of soup base available. You have your choice of chicken, pork, seafood, and sinigang to which you can add some spices too like sibot and curry.
Ykaie chose Sinigang because that’s her favorite soup of all time. She enjoyed “cooking” her own Pork Sinigang in her little pot as well. She got herself some sliced pork from the Meat Station, And okra and kangkong from the Vegetable Station. She was actually very proud that she was able to cook her own sinigang. I was too…
peanutbutter♥ got himself a tray of different kinds of seafood and mushrooms….
This is what his pot looks like. I spy a baby octopus, some mushrooms, and polunchay. I think he got the sefood soup base too.
This is my tray and pot of chicken soup. That’s the mushroom and polunchay noodles I’m talking about.. and then I got myself some mushroom, white fungus, water chestnuts, a few kinds of tofu balls, and a mochi dumpling.
Our tummies and our tastebuds were very happy with the experience. With the wide variety of choices that Four Seasons Hot Pot City has to offer, I don’t think you can try everything in one visit. There has to be several more and that’s what we are actually thinking about — when to go back.
peanutbutter♥ and I couldn’t stop raving to my sister and my inlaws about it. You are getting so much more than what you pay for.. — super sulit!
Four Seasons Hot Pot City is open from Monday to Sunday Lunch: 11:00am – 2:30pm and Dinner: 5:30pm – 10:00pm. Adult Rate is ₱588 for weekday lunch and ₱788 weekday dinner and weekend/holiday lunch and dinner. Kids below 3ft eats FREE while kids 3 ft to 6ft eats at ₱188 – ₱388.
(Thanks to Roch of http://rochkirstin.com/ for letting me grab two of her photos)
Four Seasons Hot Pot City is located at SM Mall of Asia
Bldg E., By the Bay, SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City