Chubby Lamb Hot Pot
8391 Alexandra Rd, Richmond (Map)
The rain season has fully arrived in Vancouver, so that means BBQ is out and hot pot is in. Given the recent drop in temperature, I don't think anyone would object to some hot pot. So when M suggested hot pot for her birthday dinner, everyone was more than happy with the decision.
There are many places to choose from in Richmond, but M decided on Chubby Lamb because it came highly recommended. He also recommend the above soup base: cilantro with century egg($5) and satay ($5). I have to say I was very skeptical of the cilantro and century egg combination, but it turn out okay. The soup really did not have a heavy cilantro taste (as long as you didn't get the actual cilantro pieces). Although the century egg was present, but you really couldn't deduct much of it in the soup either. So in the end, I would consider this a very light soup base, where as the satay one was rather heavy tasting in comparison.
Chubby lamb is your typical AYCE hot pot restaurant that charges you ~$21/person. We started with plates after plates of lamb, pork, and beef. They were all thinly sliced and semi-frozen. The meat was good, and fresh. My favorite of the bunch was the pork neck slices.
I took this picture, but I don't recall actually eating any of these fish/meat balls. From the looks of it, they all seems to be freshly made, as they are not frozen like the meat slices.
The vegetables were mostly fresh. The tofu was good, as it was the soft kind. Overall, the food quality was not bad.
A interesting fact for this restaurant is that they recently change their Chinese name to Puffer Fish Hotpot. Apparently they were being sued by a company named Little Sheep, which translate to Chubby Lamb in Chinese. This is also the company that makes the Chubby Lamb soup base sold in T&T. So in the end, Chubby lamb hot pot got to keep their English name, but they were forced to change the Chinese name.
Anyways I digress, the food here was actually good. However there is a 'bad', and it's their service. The whole time they try to rush us like no other. The minute we sat down, they asked us to order, despite the fact that only 3 people present (we had a table for 8). Also, it seem the only spoke Cantonese, it's a good thing we had 2 people that could speak the language. Also, there was a 2 hour limit, so they pretty much hand you the bill at that time, and just expect you to leave. Although the food was good, but I don't know if I want to come back. They are just way to many choices in Richmond, and hopefully one of them will have better service than this.