Toyotomi had opened for quite some time now -- I remember wanting to try it after reading Chowtime's post over a year ago. I tried going back then, but it was absolutely packed and impossible to make a reservation without a few days notice. The reason being that it was super cheap -- around $13 for AYCE hotpot (normally $19 at other places). Somehow I had forgotten about this place until Doro found eatwithkirby's post.
The photos are bad quality, since I forgot my SD card at home. Ha. But the quality of the photos represent the meal quite well, I think.
When Doro called to make a reservation in the afternoon, no one picked up. Surprisingly, they called back to check if she called. That's pretty considerate. But the other reason may have been because it was pretty quiet the whole night there. It was very different from the Toyotomi a year ago. Wonder why.
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There is a sign stating that for any food wasted, they will charge $1. Posh has a similar rule for their beef and pork, but they donate the funds to the food bank. I don't really know how they measure what's $1's worth here. Also, Posh doesn't threaten to check inside the pot and under the tables in Chinglish.
We ordered some appetizers while waiting for Bo: chicken nuggets, deep fried fish balls, and... chili fries. Unimpressed much? We totally did not expect the fries to be like this -- they were pretty much of the frozen variety with some shichimi powder. Are you kidding me? If anybody likes this stuff, let me know and I'll open a night market stand next year. The chicken nuggets were kind of like cardboard and tasteless. Fish balls were okay but oily.
From the $6 options, we ordered the "crispy wings" (according to the menu) which were not crispy and rather oily and boring. The frozen pineapples were really frozen. Kind of felt like we were chewing ice cubes except they weren't crunchy.
For sashimi, we had:
- salmon (which was a little slimy but bearable)
- spicy salmon (which I don't like. They said it was better than the normal one.)
- ika - cuttlefish (slimy)
- saba - mackerel (very fishy)
- tai - red snapper (usually my fave, but quite fishy here and weird texture)
- tako - octopus (alright, a bit tough)
I was thinking, fine, AYCE sushi is pretty horrible anyways and I never eat it. Surely they can't mess up hot pot.
The beef sashimi was actually one of the better things, though we were expecting more of a tataki that was lightly grilled on the outside before cutting. This seemed to be entirely rare instead, but still alright.
For the soup base, we ordered two ($8.36): the Japanese chili and beef bone soup. I wasn't a fan of the chili, but Doro liked it. I really liked the beef bone soup since it was really rich compared to the other soup bases at HK hot pot restaurants. Although there was a bone inside, I kind of felt like most of the flavour came from MSG.
|SO MUCH FAT.|
This is where I have to vent a bit: we tried to leave the taro and cabbage since they were pretty horrible. THEY WOULDN'T TAKE IT and pretty much threatened to charge us for them. You know how people return horrible dishes back to the kitchen? This was the first time the kitchen returned horrible food back to me. Food nazis.
Still hungry, we ordered more food: salmon sashimi this time kind of felt like salmon belly instead. Bo got his pig intestine, which he loves normally, but absolutely hated here. I won't quote him since it was not very PG-friendly, how he described the pig intestine.
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Just don't go. Not going to summarize, either read the post or trust me. I actually wrote this post the night after coming back so I remember what to vent about. (I scheduled this post after Christmas because I don't want to be a Grinch.) Wow, I can't believe I was so angry.
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