Location: Continental Centre (Yay, free parking spaces!), 1123-3779 Sexsmith Road, Richmond
A few weeks ago, the Molangs were craving hot pot on a chilly evening. The shabu shabu place across the street (our original destination) was already packed. It was 7:00 PM, and the wait time was 3 hours ._. Feeling too lazy and hungry to drive elsewhere, we decided to go to the nearest hot pot restaurant – Hot Pot Legend.
So began the WTF experience…
WTF #1: Upstairs dining space
The upper level is where we sat for our meal. Sitting there was depressing for 4 reasons:
- The upper floor was dimly lit
- It wasn’t very spacious
- There was an eerily cold draft coming from the ceiling
- The patrons who arrived before us looked like they either: woke up on the wrong side of the bed, or had some kind of vendetta against the world.
The outrageous part about sitting on the upper floor is that, aside from the times when the waitresses took our orders and served our food, they never came upstairs again to check on the customers. They did not refill our tea (oh wait, none was offered to begin with). They didn’t even bring up our bill at the end of the meal!
WTF #2: Utensils?
Did we really need to ask for an extra pair of chopsticks in a hot pot restaurant?
Where were we suppose to put our dipping sauces without a dipping dish? ._.
WTF #3: Sauce
Sauces (satay, garlic, soy sauce, sesame, etc.) were charged individually. That’s fine… but on the second floor there was what it looked like a “communal cart” with three bottles of soy sauce. Are they free? Did they trick us to pay for soy sauce? ._.
By the way, when you garlic sauce, they will give you enough (crushed) garlic to slay vampires.
WTF #4: Service
It took them about 40 minutes to serve everything. The order in which they served food made no sense. Below was the approximate timeline:
- 15th minute mark: soup was served (it wasn’t even boiling yet)
- 20th minute: meat slices were served
- 25th minute: veggies
- 27th minute (after excessive nagging from customers): sauces were served
- 30th minute (after excessive nagging from customers): drinks were served
- 32th minute: fish balls & tofus
- 40th minute: stuff we forgot we even ordered
About the actual food… it was actually pretty good! The meats were freshly sliced, and the wontons tasted homemade. We had two soup bases. The Chinese herb broth was flavourful (maybe a bit of MSG). The century egg and cilantro soup was quite strong, as they used a really sharp-tasting egg that could potentially offend foreigners. The special combo for 2 was a good value. For $32 (+$5-$10 for soup base), you get:
- 5 orders of meat
- 5 orders of “specialty meat” + seafood
- 5 orders of veggies
- 5 orders of other common hot pot items
- 2 noodles/rice
- 2 drinks
- 2 sauces (see above for WTF)
Yes, you will be full after eating.
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