Hot Pot 101
You’re probably wondering why I am still hot potting when outside is still a hot and humid 30 degrees. It’s a actually more popular than you think among Hong Kongers.
101 Grill Bar + Hot Pot is well worth the review as it’s all-you-can-eat and all-you-can-drink! Our group of 7 were booked into one out of the 2 private rooms available, usually being in a private room you’re often forgotten about but the service was consistent throughout.
There are 8 parts to the all-you-can-eat menu starting with 2 cold appetisers, sesame shredded chicken and black fungus.
Second part is to select the soup base, we shared two pots between us and picked one spicy base and the other a non-spicy seafood base. The spicy one is very hot so if only order if your stomach can handle it!
We skipped the third section altogether as it was optional to add a seafood platter at an additional cost per person ($58). The price is pretty reasonable considering there’s abalone, prawns and clams included.
Time for meat! The fourth section includes prime grade beef, Iberico pork and Iberico pork neck meat, all thinly sliced as expected.
You may have already guessed from the restaurant’s name 101, it’s themed around Taiwanese style hot pot so the fifth part of the menu offers their signature handmade selection of dumplings, various fish and beef balls, squid ink prawn cakes and more innovative fish paste stuffed mushrooms. Also available to choose from is a platter of more typical Taiwanese hot pot items including tea egg, taro crystal dumplings, chicken wings and (my not-so-favourite) pigs ears, large intestines and tripe.
I think the sixth section was my favourite, freshly deep fried fish skin and oversized beancurd sheets loosely rolled up giving it even more crispness. So good dipped into the hot pot soup!
The actual all-you-can eat part of the menu is in the seventh section, so hope you still have space left in your stomach. This is where you can select from a separate tick sheet of the usual hot pot favourites like fish balls, lobster balls, cuttlefish cakes, crab sticks, mushrooms, cheese sausages, veggies and so much more. The choice is quite amazing and there was a good variety of everything!
Now to the part you’ve all been waiting for, all-you-can-drink! Again the options available are pretty amazing considering its unlimited, including bottled beer, draft beer, red and white wine, cocktails, hot drinks and my personal favourite, bubble tea in both the original flavour and taro flavour. I think I was almost half filled up on drinks alone. So really try to restrain yourself from going too crazy on the drinks!
When you thought that was it, more food comes, the last part of the meal is not exactly your pallet cleaners but a rich chocolate and mint mousse. I think this one can be skipped.
Instead, probably more worth your while to go out on to the restaurant’s balcony area and get a night view of Causeway Bay with your final all-you-can-drink order.
Verdict: Opting for the all-you-can-eat dinner without the optional seafood platter, per person was around $400. Very satisfying hot pot experience with a wide selection and by far the best ‘heung ling’ (deep fried beancurd skin).