Hotpot Kingdom 鼎鼎香 – Hotpot Restaurant at Marina Bay Sands, Kind of Pricey
When Hotpot Kingdom opened at Marina Bay Sands, the first question that came to mind was, “Better than Hai Di Lao and Imperial or not” The quick answer to that is, they are essentially quite different.
The soup bases looked promising, but they were hardly inexpensive – Spicy Soup, Macanese Pork Bone, Picked Vegetables with Fresh Fish Soup, Bak Kut Teh were at $15, while Beef Consomme, Pork Tripe with Pepper, La-La Seafood, Korean Kimchi, Herbal Chicken, and Chicken Soup were all at $25.
Certainly a greater variety with many modern Asian and localised choices. But if you think about it, a choice of 2 the more premium soup bases would already set you back by $50, without the additional ingredients.
To let you have a sense of the prices, Live Prawns go at $9 per 100g, USA Black Angus $32 per 100g, Japanese Wagyu Ribeye $35 per 100g, Handmade meatballs were between $12-$14 for 6 pieces (so that’s $2 or more per ball) and Homemade Noodles at $10-$12, while the rest of the Noodles go at $5 per portion.
Let us bear in mind the restaurant is located at Marina Bay Sands.
Set meals were available though, and we had one for $49.80++ per person which included two soup bases, Japanese Wagyu Beef, Sliced Japanese Kurobuta Pork, Seafood Platter, Ball Platter, a Mixed Vegetable Bowl and Dessert.
The soup bases were not overwhelming initially, the pork bone base was light and the spicy tasted flat, though they gradually gained taste expectedly halfway through the dinner. We figured that the less intense soup base was to bring out the flavours of the ingredients.
We liked the seafood – the lobster, prawns and cuttlefish were fresh and succulent. But the balls were run of the mill and a let-out for its price.
Service was professional and non-intrusive. Hotpot Kingdom seemed more suitable for quieter meals and gatherings, while on the other end of the spectrum there is Hai Di Lao which is full of fanfare, fussing over with service, and buzzing atmosphere.
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue, B1-01B
Opening Hours: 11am – 2.30pm (hotpot, dim sum and a la carte menu), 2.30 – 5pm (dim sum only), 5pm – 11pm (hotpot and a la carte menu).
Tel: +65 6688 7722
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