So I had Hot Pot Garden last night. Got there right when they opened at 5:30pm. Best time to get there because the parking after they open is horrendous. You could find yourself circling the block a few times. Hot Pot Garden is Cantonese hot pot. When you walk in the door they have this wall to the left with tons of beers on tap with a nice bar counter. They have a small glass viewing above the taps that allows you to see the kegs in the back. Very aesthetic. So we got the all you can eat hot pot which will run you about thirty bucks a person with a 90 minute limit. Note that they also have an all you can drink option, which we didn’t do because we were sick :[.
We ordered two broths, spicy miso and tamarind. The spicy miso was perfect broth for a flu bug although I liked the tamarind more. I love meat so I ordered several orders of American Wagyu beef, beef rib eye, lamb and pork belly. All the meats are thinly sliced so that they cook quickly in the broth. We only ordered one round of vegetables which were enoki mushrooms, baby bok choy, lotus root, spinach, and potato. I followed up with some delicious calamari. The calamari comes with tentacle and body. I found that the ramen noodles paired well with tamarind broth. The Chinese Doughnut paired pretty well too. They gave us complimentary tea in a nice white pot with lines around the sides.
On our second round of meat we noticed out broth was not steaming anymore. We asked the server is our grill had gone out. After several attempts to revive the grill they decided to move us to another table. They helped us move everything, but did not turn our grill on. We did it ourselves. We asked for water two to three times and had no such luck. Bad service, but great food. Would maybe recommend it if you live in the city and don’t feel like driving to Irving. Eating in San Francisco is a nightmare if you have a car because of the parking. That’s why driving to Millbrae may be a better alternative for food.