Yesterday, I had to go back to school to attend the grade consultation of one of my professors. I know, so grade conscious of me, but I really wanted to know if I got a 4.0 (the highest in our university)! I absolutely adore our professor as well! She’s not perfect, but she’s great, really really nice, inspiring, AND PRETTY :> We made chika about a lot of things and talked about the realities of life. I’ll miss her so bad 😦 It was a bittersweet goodbye. I’ m happy that I got the grade I wanted, but I’m also sad because I had to bid farewell to her. Oh well, that’s life, as what she always says, and I’m positive that I’ll see her around in the near future! 🙂
I think it can somehow be derived, even though I haven’t explicitly stated it yet, that I study in La Salle, so yes I’m one of the Taft peeps 😀 As a way of ending the term, my mains and I would always eat out in restaurants that are the buzz of the town. For some reason that we still cannot fully comprehend, we would always end up eating in a buffet restaurant as we just did for our Christmas get-together/term-ender last December. Maybe it’s because we’re matakaw or PG. This time, it was no different.
We usually opt for restaurants that are close by. What’s the nearest go-to place from Taft? MOA. What’s near MOA? Four Seasons HotPot City. There you have it, a decision was made.
It’s hot. It’s summer. However, the craving for hotpot was stronger (ooh it rhymes! See what I did there?)
Four Seasons HotPot City is the newest addition to the line of buffet restaurants established by the group behind Vikings and NIU By Vikings.
When we got in, it was really packed. Almost all of the tables were occupied. It was a good thing we made a reservation, otherwise we would have been in the waiting list, which I’m sure everybody hates.
First of all, when I walked into the place, the initial thought that came to my mind was: “Am I in Marketplace by Rustan’s?”
The interior had a supermarket feel to it; as if you’re shopping for fresh ingredients to cook at home. Similarly, it was indeed like this, but the difference was that, well, you had to cook them in the area where you’re seated. This concept they were aiming for was certainly achieved.
The Appetizer Section. While we waited for the hotpot to boil.
The Seafood Section. and the freshly made Dumplings.
The Meat Section. Yay for carnivores like me!
Upon being seated, we immediately dove in for the dimsum (99% of the reason was because it was literally right in front of us). After that, we temporarily went on our separate ways to get our preferred ingredients. Being a clam lover myself, of course I got these babies 😉 I also went straight for the meat and got myself some chicken and marinated beef. There was definitely no time to dilly-dally because I was seriously starving from skipping breakfast – the most important meal of the day, just so I could maximize my buffet experience.
Aren’t the noodles so colorful?
The variety of sauces and other condiments
Yes. That’s right. The noodle on the upper left is a conglomeration of instant noodles.
Reena judged me so much because of my noodle pick (“we already eat enough pancit canton as it is” ), but there was just this inexplainable force that compelled me to take the instant noodles! Logically speaking, I thought that they would taste good with the chicken broth since Lucky Me instant noodles come with a chicken flavor. The dorm life has indeed affected me.
They also offer main dishes, but I didn’t bother to taste them because my eyes were set on the hotpot dishes. Ironically, they seemed like side dishes in comparison to the hotpot. It is a hotpot place after all.
Okay, so we then went back to our table, fresh ingredients on our hands, and ready to eat, BUT THEN, we realized…THERE WAS NO BROTH. We looked around the stations for the broth, but we still couldn’t find it! Oh dear! What’s a hotpot without its broth?!
Fortunately kuya here came strolling by with a trolley of broths contained in TWG-looking teapots, parang Harry Potter lang ang peg. You can choose from Chicken, Pork, Fish, or Sinigang, or you can also have it mixed with herbs, spices, or saté sauce (our favorite!).
The Trolley of Broths
So now let’s talk about main star of the show – the HOTPOT.
Chicken Broth on the left, Saté on the right
The saté was really good, especially when it’s mixed with seafood and dumplings. However, the chicken broth on its own was somewhat bland, despite having been mixed with the ingredients. FEAR NOT. There is a solution to this! In an effort to make the taste better, I browsed through the selection of sauces shown above and found the perfect remedy: CHICKEN POWDER. Oh. my. gosh. The chicken broth tasted immensely better with it!
There was a wide assortment of different ingredients, yet I couldn’t help but feel like wanting more. I cannot exactly pinpoint why. Perhaps it’s because they’ve only recently opened. The ‘Premium‘ station has yet to be operational.
However, I do commend their variety of drinks to choose from. They have these unique juice mixes, fruit shakes, beers, Twinings tea, and fizz drinks. Their pink lemonade, however, tasted too powdery for my own liking.
The Bar. So many drinks to choose from!
In comparison to the other buffet restaurants I’ve eaten at, their dessert selection stands out vibrantly! For one, they have salted caramel, avocado and macha-flavored ice creams, which deviates from the typical vanilla-chocolate-ube combo. They also have a fondue station and a fro-yo machine along with many toppings to choose from (the inner child in me came alive).
Since Four Seasons HotPot City is a buffet restaurant, I will be giving Des Points for the place as a whole. I’d give this one:
To sum up our experience, it was actually a nice one 😀 The service was good, the place had a fresh concept and welcoming ambience, and the food was worth the money and the visit. Above all, this is actually a pretty good deal for hotpot lovers out there, because not only do you get your hotpot fix, but you’re also entitled to a buffet! If given the chance, I would certainly come back (probably once all of their stations are operational *ahem* the intriguing Premium station).
The Tres Marias finally united after an exhausting term!
Four Seasons HotPot City
Bldg. E, By the Bay, MOA Complex, Pasay City, Philippines
Monday — Sunday/ Lunch: 11:00 – 2:30/ Dinner: 5:30 – 10:00
Adult Weekday Lunch: 588
Adult Weekday Dinner: 788
Adult Weekends/Holiday Lunch & Dinner = 788
Kids below 3 ft: FREE
Kids 3 ft – 4 ft Weekday Lunch: 188
Kids 3 ft – 4 ft Weekday Dinner: 288
Kids 3 ft – 4 ft Weekends/Holiday Lunch & Dinner: 288
Kids 4 ft – 4 ft 6″ Weekday Lunch: 288
Kids 4 ft – 4 ft 6″ Weekday Dinner: 388
Kids 4 ft – 4 ft 6″ Weekends/Holiday Lunch & Dinner: 388
*Prices are subject to 5% service charge.
For reservations, call (02) 831-7777, (02)835-7777, 0998 988 1888, or 0917 539 1888.
Here’s to the people who love to stuff themselves with food!