Hot pot restaurants are especially popular during the
winter season when the city cools down and diners are looking for a nice hot
meal. For newcomers to this style of eating, ordering at hot pot restaurants can
be a little tricky, as finding the best mixture of meats and vegetables is
developed through experience. So here are nine reputable hot pot restaurants in
downtown Beijing for newcomers to start their hot pot journey.
Similar to fondue cooking, hot pot is a style of cuisine in which diners
select meats and vegetables and prepare their own communal meal in a large pot
filled with a usually spicy broth. Hop pot restaurants are especially popular
for large parties as they create a collective cooking and eating
Haidilao Hot Pot Restaurant: for free
Haidilao has five branches in Beijing, all which have good reputations among
diners. Haidilao provides authentic Sichuan hot pot. All dishes are available in
both full and half portions. But what makes dining at Haidilao a pleasant
experience is its various free services which make queuing for the dishes a
pleasure in itself. At Haidilao all diners are entitled to free ice water, fruit
salad, melon seeds, nail care and shoe shining, and they may also play chess or
cards while they wait. Another shining point is Haidilao's Lalamian (pulled
noodles) performance which features a young boy pulling noodles while dancing.
Location 1: No.2 Huayuan Donglu, north to Mudan (peony) Hotel,
Location 2: No.29 Nanmofanglu, Chaoyang
Location 3: 3F, Beiao Mansion, Jia 2 Huixin Dongjie, Chaoyang
Location 4: No.2, Dahuisilu, Haidian
Location 5: 1-2F Zhongjian Erju Building, No.42, Guanganmen Nanjie,
Ningmeng Yezi (lemon leaves): a celebrity-owned
Owned by Taiwan pop singer and TV star Wu Qilong, Ningmeng
Yezi is a Thai style little eatery featuring hot pot as well as fried dishes.
Three kinds of hot pot broths come highly recommended, the curry broth, spicy
and sour broth and the legendary Benz hot pot whose pot has three compartments
holding three different-flavored broths chosen from an available six. After
dinner guests get a free taste of the famous Taiwan dessert Hongdou Bingshan
(red pea ice mountain). Ningmeng Yezi also boasts tasteful design.
Location: No.15 Xiaoyunlu, Chaoyang