Enjoying a round of steamboat hot pot is not always the easiest of meals to have. You’ve got to cook your own food, ensure everyone gets their fair share, and still deal with the kids – phew! To make things easier, we’ve rounded up some of the best hot pot places in Singapore so you can have ease of your mind while settling your soupy cravings. From hot pot favorites such as Steamboat to hot pot restaurants with playgrounds such as Hai Di Lao – it’s all here!
Beauty In The Pot might have two outlets (and a new one coming soon to Star Vista!) in Singapore, but don’t be surprised if their OneKM Mall branch becomes your kids’ new preferred hangout. Decked out with a full-blown playground adjacent to the dining area, tots can get busy with the slide, mini climbing wall as they wait for dinner to be cooked. Even the interior seating area is washed in pastel pink, which will surely delight the young ones’ inner princesses.
Beauty In The Pot, various locations, www.paradisegp.com/brand-beauty-in-the-pot
While most Sichuan mala hot pots are delicious, they can prove too spicy for the average kid. Tanyoto soups are tomato-based instead, offering kids the chance to also enjoy some slurpy goodness. If spice is to be completely avoided, the herbal Fresh Fish Soup is equally delicious and packs a flavorful punch with every mouthful. Their beverages are also free-flow and served in a jug, eliminating the need to keep topping up your drinks!
Tanyoto Restaurant, Liang Court, 177 River Valley Road, Singapore 179030, +65 6836 6839, www.tanyoto.com.sg
We’ve given Spice World a shoutout before, but it’s definitely worth another mention if you’re seeking out a family-friendly dinner place. Their unique food items take form in a Teddy Bear butter base and meat-wrapped barbie doll, which serve as utterly weird, yet oddly fascinating items to both young and old. The experience alone is worth a visit, but dishes like the One-Metre-Long Mutton Slices (SG$28.90) might just make it your new family favorite.
Spice World Hot Pot, #01-06/07 3B, River Valley Road, Singapore 179021, +65 6265 9777, www.facebook.com/SpiceWorldSingapore
Mention “hotpot” and HaiDiLao comes to mind. Both parents and kids can enjoy the fresh snacks while waiting to be seated (popcorn, watermelon and ice-cream!), while a designated kid play pen on site will keep the little ones busy while waiting for their food to be served. There’s a staff member attached to the room at all times, so rest assured that they’re under a watchful eye. Besides this, don’t forget the entertaining “dancing noodle man” too!
HaiDiLao, various locations, www.haidilao.com/sg
Shang Pin Hot Pot is fast-rising to become a serious contender for hotpot restaurants. With their second outlet opening at Marina Square recently, they’ve kept in mind to be more child-friendly as well. The eatery now boasts a playground space, equipped with Lego bricks that your kid can even take home as a souvenir! And with new machines to help you rid any post-meal odor too, you can guarantee you and the children will leave utterly satisfied.
Shang Pin Hot Pot, various locations, www.facebook.com/shangpinhotpot
This longstanding hotpot chain is a reliable option when it comes to family meals. For one, their weekday set lunches are budget-friendly at only S$16.80 per head, and they’ve even got their unique offering of tasty Silky Porridge Soup, which makes eating easier for children. Kiddy-chairs are also readily-available and provided upon request, helping you have a fuss-free dining experience.
JPOT, #03-16, Tampines 1, 10 Tampines Central 1, Singapore 529536, +65 6532 3536, www.jpot.com.sg
For an escape from the hustle of the downtown crowd, head to City Hot Pit Shabu Shabu instead. Its CBD location means that there are lesser patrons here on weekends, which translates to a more peaceful meal time even if the little ones kick up a ruckus. Besides, the window seats offer a scenic view of Raffles Place below, and if you’re celebrating birthdays here, inform them beforehand and they’ll add decorations!
City Hot Pot Shabu Shabu, #04-28, One Raffles Places, 1 Raffles Place, Singapore 048616, +65 6536 2185, www.facebook.com/pg/cityhotpotshabushabu
Located in the prime central area of Marina Square, iSteamboat is a great hotpot option to complement your shopping spree with the family. Both traditional and modern flavors are available, from sukiyaki to the spicier kimchi for risk-takers, with a total of seven options to cater to all ages. Instead of having to share the soup bases as well, each diner can get their own individual hotpot, allowing you to have your own preferred choice!
iSteamboat Singapore, 6 Raffles Boulevard, #04-102A, Marina Square, Singapore 039594, +65 6338 7873, www.facebook.com/isteamboatsg
When a hotpot restaurant has its origins from Chengdu in mainland China, you know it’s legit. Da Miao Hot Pot is an authentic dining spot that includes traditional elements in their decoration as much as in their food. A standout here is also their stage performances while you eat, with the entertainers donning a variety of masks – even one of Spider-Man. With their cultural setting, savory fare, and captivating theatrics, Da Miao sure ticks all the right boxes!
Damiao Hotpot, 3C River Valley Road, #01-11, The Cannery, Singapore 179022, +65 6250 9969, http://damiaohotpot.com/
If you’re looking for a more affordable hotpot restaurant, Hao Lai Wu’s got your back. Why? Their Lunch and Dinner buffet options are value for money with an unlimited amount of ingredients, and kids even dine at a special rate! In addition, the crystal pot used here prevents accidental burns or scalds from occurring – a welcome feature for any parent with curious or mischievous kids.
Hao Lai Wu Steamboat & BBQ, 8 Sago Street, Singapore 059012, +65 6221 0065, www.facebook.com/haolaiwu.bbq
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