(SPOT.ph) When the cool breeze blows, there's nothing like a big bowl of soup to keep you warm and satisfied. And if we're talking soups, nothing beats a good ol' serving of hot pot. TBH, the superior soup in our book. We mean, think about it, it's nutritious, it's a fun date activity, and it's a quick dump-and-go-type of meal. Whether you're in the mood for something spicy or something light yet umami-filled, there's bound to be broth to match your mood. Bet you're now craving a steaming bowl of soup. No worries. We round up 10 restaurants in the North of Metro Manila, a.k.a. San Juan and Quezon City, where you can score bang-for-your-buck hot pot.
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At Champion Hotpot, you not only get a wide selection of seafood, meats, vegetables, fixins, sauces, and broths, but you also get a Mongolian Knockout Rice Bowl. Talk about getting your money's worth! For 90 minutes and starting at P788, fill your bellies with as much hot pot, the way you want it.
Champion Hotpot is brought to us by the Tasteless Group, the same folks who brought us homegrown favorites such as Scout's Honor, Your Local, Poison Doughnuts and franchises such as Pizza Express and Hanamaruken Ramen.
Champion Hotpot is at Santolan Town Plaza, 276 Col. Bonny Serrano Avenue, San Juan. For more information, visit Champion Hotpot's Facebook page.
One of the OGs of the hot pot game is Tong Yang. Known for being the "ultimate grill and hot pot experience", a stop at Tong Yang gives you the option to have a purely shabu-shabu meal or a mix of grilled eats and a hot pot buffet. This hot pot concept from the Vikings group offers a wide selection of fixins, meats, seafood, and noodles which you are free to mix-and-match to come up with a pot flavored as you wish. Our personal fave is their branch at Centris.
See a list of Tong Yang branches online. For more information, visit Tong Yang's website.
Jiang Nan Hotpot
Jiang Nan Hotpot is arguably one of the best-kept secrets of Banawe. This humble hot pot and grill joint allows customers access to unlimited amounts of fixins, meats, vegetables, and sauces starting at P599. Choose from their five base broths and add your choice of sauce and toppings to make each pot your own. Pro tip: for those looking for a spicy bowl of soup, try their mildly spicy broth and build from there. Though labeled as mild, the sauce is enough to make us sweat bullets. But if you're looking for something mild and clear, their clear broth is equally flavorful sans the heat.
Jiang Nan Hotpot is at 238 Banawe Street corner Panalturan Street Barangay. Manresa, Quezon City. For more information, visit Jiang Nan Hotpot's Facebook page
Bugis Singapore Street Food
Bugis seafood is mostly known for its laksa and rice meals, but a quick scan of its menu shows they also offer steamboats, another name for hot pot. Just note that the steamboats at Bugis don't come customizable, much like most of the spots in this list; However, Bugis' bowls are well-seasoned affordable options at P230 a serving which can be shared by at most three people. So if you're not a heavy eater but are in the mood for a bowl of good hot pot, try Bugis.
Bugis Singapore Street Food is at 78 Nicanor Roxas Street, Quezon City. For more information, visit Bugis Singapore Street Food's Facebook page.
Four Seasons Buffet and Hotpot
Another Vikings group favorite for hot pot is Four Seasons. With prices starting at P888, enjoy a vast selection of fresh seafood, meats, noodles, dim sum, and side dishes. Four Seasons Buffet and Hotpot in Araneta City offers a lavish and market-style hot pot experience perfect for hot pot aficionados who love building their own soup flavors and mixing and matching proteins and vegetables.
Four Seasons Cubao is at Manhattan Parkview Gen. Roxas Avenue, Araneta Center, Quezon City. For more information, visit Four Seasons Buffet and Hotpot Araneta City's Facebook page.
Nabe Japanese Izakaya and Hotpot
Nabe Japanese Izakaya and Hotpot got its name from the Japanese word Nabemono, a form of hot pot dish in Japan or, more literally, communal food cooked in one pot. Starting at P488, sate your hankering for soup with their unlimited hot pot option, which includes huge portions of premium quality meats, assorted balls, vegetables, noodles, and your choice of soup base from their 16 different options. In the mood for something grilled on the side? Being an Izakaya, you can have your filled of grilled skewered seafood, meat, or vegetables to go with your hot pot main.
Nabe Japanese Izakaya and Hotpot is at 780 Banawe Street, Quezon City. For more information, visit Nabe Japanese Izakaya and Hotpot's Facebook page.
Bijin Nabe by Tsukada Nojo
Tsukada Nojo is a brand that hails from Japan. It is most famous for its Bijin Nabe, or golden chicken collagen hot pot. This farm-to-table nabe joint offers fresh quality vegetables, seafood, and meats served in an eight-hour stewed chicken broth from their own farm in Japan. The Bijin Nabe is said to be highly rich in collagen, which promotes healthier and more radiant skin. Talk about eating healthy and looking great. Aside from their famous nabe, you can also order onigiri, chicken Nanban, and other Japanese quick eats.
Bijin Nabe by Tsukada Nojo is at Greenhills Mall, Missouri Building, Missouri Street, San Juan. For more information, visit Bijin Nabe by Tsukada Nojo Philippines' Facebook page.
David's Teahouse and Hotpot
David's Tea House is an entire chain of Chinese fast food and hot pot fare. Though not all David's Tea House branches offer hot pot, you know you've got it good when you're neighborhood David's has it. David's shabu-shabu menu offers six different soup bases, which include the likes of Spicy Szechuan, Century Egg Wansoy, and Pork Bone soup alongside the classic plain and satay-flavored broths. There are also a ton of options for toppings and proteins, which include pork innards, lamb meat, and U.S. Angus Beef among others. Keep in mind David's doesn't serve unlimited hot pot mixins, but they have generous portions, so remember to order only what you can finish.
See a list of David's Tea House branches online. For more information, visit David's Tea House's Facebook page.
1970 Grill and Shabu-Shabu
Predominantly a Korean restaurant, 1970 Grill and Shabu-Shabu in the Scout area of QC, also has a set menu for hot pot. With a fixed price of P490 for a serving of beef, vegetable, dumplings, noodles, and fishballs, this Korean joint mixes and matches Asian cuisine but surprisingly delivers nonetheless. Albeit another spot not on the unlimited spectrum in this list, you can add extra helpings of select mixins such as dumplings, beef, pork, or various balls to make your hotpot heartier.
1970 Grill and Hotpot is at 90A Scout Fernandez, Diliman, Quezon City. For more information, visit 1970 Grill and Hotpot's Facebook page.
Moon Hey Hotpot and Grill
This newcomer to the Banawe hot pot scene is slowly making waves. Starting at P599, get unlimited choices of meats, seafood, vegetables mixed in with your choice of soup base, which includes Mala, Plain, Suan la (hot and sour), or Tomato. There's also an option to add unlimited grilling to your dining experience, which in our opinion, is a great mix of textures and flavors. Think the charred, smoky flavors of grilled food mixed with the tummy-warming comfort of hot pot.
Moon Hey Hotpot and Grill is at 848A Banawe Street, Quezon City. For more information, visit Moon Hey Hotpot and Grill's Facebook page.
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