When I was in the Barsha area for a massage the other day, I found a new hot pot restaurant. It had only been open for a couple of months, which is probably why it hadn’t popped up on my hot pot radar earlier, and since it was around lunchtime, and since the all-you-can-eat hotpot buffet was only 59AED, I went inside to check it out.
At the table, there’s a sign informing diners, that they will be charged 50AED for any leftovers. I have seen something similar at hotpot buffets in Asia, and I told one of the staff members thar I thought it was a good idea. She was almost apologetic about it, which she really shouldn’t be, because unfortunately, hitting the wallet seems to be the only effective way to reduce food waste. She explained that they had the sign up to avoid that people would bring huge piles of food to their table and then only eat a few bites, but that of course you wouldn’t be charged for small leftovers.
It was a very nice and tidy buffet. Everything looked fresh and appetizing, and the selection of different vegetables, noodles and mushrooms was impressive. The buffet had everything you could ask for, and much more than you would expect for AED59. Different kinds of juice are also included in the buffet price, and the waiter told me, that if I waited a few minutes, a new batch of fried chicken was just about to arrive, but by then I was too full, so I decided to save that for the next time.
In the video below, you can see what the buffet looks like. To me, the hotpot dipping sauce is what makes hotpot extra delicious, so in the video, I’ll also show you, how I mix my favorite hotpot sauce.
Seven Stars Hotpot Restaurant, Al Barsha 1 – Dubai